This book explores how our social and economic contexts profoundly affect our mental health and wellbeing, and how modern neuroscientific and psychodynamic research can both contribute to and enrich our understanding of these wider discussions. It therefore looks both inside and outside - indeed one of the main themes of The Political Self is that the conceptually discrete categories of 'inner' and 'outer' in reality constantly interact, shape, and inform each other. Severing these two worlds, it suggests, has led both to a devitalised and dissociated form of politics, and to a disengaged and disempowering form of therapy and analysis.

part I|113 pages


chapter ONE|25 pages

Understanding the social context of individual distress*

ByDavid Smail

chapter TWO|14 pages

Power in the therapeutic relationship*

ByNick Totton

chapter THREE|25 pages

Therapy in late capitalism*

ByJoel Kovel

chapter FOUR|18 pages

The selfish society: the current state of things*

BySue Gerhardt

chapter FIVE|27 pages

Divided brain, divided world*

ByJonathan Rowson, Iain McGilchrist

part II|92 pages


chapter SIX|24 pages

Born to run: wounded leaders and boarding school survivors*

ByNick Duffell

chapter NINE|16 pages

The corporation as a pathological institution*

ByJoel Bakan

chapter TEN|18 pages

We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy—And the World's Getting Worse*

ByJames Hillman, Michael Ventura