Beyond the Reality Principle: Marcuse, Freud and the End of Civilisation by Dr Rod Tweedy "Intensified progress seems to be bound up with intensified unfreedom" notes Marcuse in his remarkable book Eros and Civilisation, one of the most profound and compelling books ever written on the problem of “civilisation”. The work tries to explain and unravel this apparent paradox - it's both a brilliant development of Freud's ideas on civilisation and a revolutionary challenge to them. He starts by noting the essential, perplexing, double-bind of late capitalism - the more we have of it, the more entrapped we feel: [...]
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Person-Centred Therapy: Myths and Realities by Professor Mick Cooper Myth: Person-centred therapy is “just the basics” - everyone does it, it’s just that some therapists go on to do more advanced things, like psychodynamic therapy or cognitive-behavioural therapy. Reality: Developing one’s capacity to engage with another human being at a level of interpersonal depth is a life-time’s achievement. Few “purely” person-centred therapists, even after many years, would claim that they have reached the end of that road, so the chances of getting there after a few years’ study are pretty remote. Moreover, skills and ideas from other therapeutic approaches [...]