Psychology in the Bathroom

Paperback | June 20, 2014

byNick Haslam

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Excretion is a universal part of the human experience that is veiled in taboo. Psychology in the Bathroom explores a variety of embarrassing processes, shameful disorders and disgusting habits, taking the reader on a tour of the clinical and research literatures on elimination from the early psychoanalysts to the latest in neurogastroenterology. Chapters examine the psychological dimensions of constipation and diarrhoea, incontinence and urinary inhibition, and the surprisingly rich psychology of flatulence. Moving beyond the literal products of the irritable bowel and the nervous bladder, the book examines the symbolic aspects of excretion, including dirty language, fetishes, toilet graffiti and the vexed question of whether men should put the seat down. Now in paperback, this book presents cutting-edge science in a playful manner that will be accessible to students in psychology and the general reader.

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Excretion is a universal part of the human experience that is veiled in taboo. Psychology in the Bathroom explores a variety of embarrassing processes, shameful disorders and disgusting habits, taking the reader on a tour of the clinical and research literatures on elimination from the early psychoanalysts to the latest in neurogastroe...

Nick Haslam is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has published extensively in social, clinical and personality psychology. His previous books include Introduction to Personality and Intelligence; Values and Vulnerabilities; Yearning to Breat...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:June 20, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230368255

ISBN - 13:9780230368255

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Irritable Bowel
2. The Nervous Bladder
3. On Flatulence
4. The Anal Character
5. Potty Mouth
6. Toilet Graffiti
7. Seat Up or Down?


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"Dr. Haslam should be congratulated for creating a unique compendium of information that is so entrenched in our human behavior but rarely thought about or discussed. Psychology in the Bathroom details a wide range of behaviors that are linked to excretory function. Topics such as the 'anal' personality, latrinalia (toilet graffiti, flatulence, scatologic swearing (potty mouth) and medical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome are well covered with regard to their history, psychology and gender and cultural differences in their societal expression. Some topics, like whether the toilet seat should be up or down is nicely discussed in a balanced attempt to solve a seemingly unsolvable domestic problem. I highly recommend this book to psychologists, health care professionals and anyone else interested in understanding such difficult to obtain areas of knowledge." - Douglas A Drossman, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and Past President of the American Psychosomatic Society. "Why is it that the psychological study of eating and sex enjoy so much attention from psychologists and the general public, while a no-less universal feature of human experience is ignored? Psychology in the Bathroom argues persuasively for the importance of this overlooked topic, then comprehensively rectifies its neglect. In doing so, this glorious, witty and unerringly pitch-perfect book offers an unusual and compelling window to the human psyche. With a scope far grander than its subject matter, this meticulously researched and wide-ranging study of excretion and related phenomena, both typical and pathological, integrates fascinating and often surprising insights from intersections with psychoanalytic theory, clinical research, the study of emotion, the intimacy of body and mind, language, gender and more. Beautifully written with unfailing clarity, sensitivity and humour, this important, captivating and charming exploration of the psychology of a universal phenomenon is a must-read for researchers, clinicians and general readers alike." - Cordelia Fine (author of Delusions of Gender), Associate Professor, Melbourne Business School, Australia "Imagine if 10% of human nature had been walled off from science by an irrational taboo. Wouldn't you want to peek in and see what was hiding back there? In this extraordinary book, Nick Haslam kicks down the bathroom door and follows the plumbing lines wherever they lead. It's great fun to read - a roller coaster ride through body, mind, and soul." - Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, USA "Beautifully written with unfailing clarity and truly enviable humour, this important, captivating and charming exploration of the psychology of a universal phenomenon is a must-read for researchers and general readers alike." - The Psychologist"Toilet reading' of a high order." - Nature "James Bond conducts a sex life that leaves little to the imagination. But does the virile Mr Bond ever use the toilet? The answer is no. Not in literature, movies or television, with rare exceptions...It is high time that psychiatrists have a clear view on the issues involved with toileting, and a book by Professor Nick Haslam, a social psychologist at Melbourne University, is an excellent introduction." – Australasian Psychiatry