The Mirror And The Hammer by Ernesto SpinelliThe Mirror And The Hammer by Ernesto Spinelli

The Mirror And The Hammer

byErnesto Spinelli

Paperback | June 16, 2004

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`It is surely worth reading, not only by the author's fellow psychiatrists, but also by psychologists in general' - Contemporary Psychology

`I found this book a joy to read. Each chapter sets out the orthodoxy in question, then proceeds to explain lucidly the author's difficulties with this orthodoxy and to suggest an alternative way of looking at the issues' - Self and Society

Psychotherapy's influence seems all pervasive today. But to what end? Is helping people really therapy's main mission? This provocative book explores the alternatives to psychotherapeutic orthodoxies on such vital issues as sexuality; the self; the unconscious; creativity; and the dilemma of evil. Erensto Spinelli challenges psychotherapy, asking if it has retreated from its early promise of being a pivotal agent in our attempts to discover what it means to be human, in exchange for its current role as a pacifier of personal and social unease.

Title:The Mirror And The HammerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:June 16, 2004Publisher:Sage PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1412901782

ISBN - 13:9781412901789

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Table of Contents

Celebrating Mediocrity What Has Happened to Psychotherapy? To Disclose or Not to Disclose - That is the Question I am Not a Noun The Vagaries of the Self Do We Really Need the Unconscious? Reconfiguring Human Sexuality Conflicting Desires Childhood and Sexuality Psychotherapy and the Challenge of Evil Creation and Being A Challenge to Psychoanalytic Theories of Artistic Creativity Beyond the Great Beyond The Mirror and the Hammer Some Hesistant Steps Towards a More Humane Psychotherapy