Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745329864 Published June 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745329871 Published June 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Therapy Industry: The Irresistible Rise of the Talking Cure, and Why It Doesn't Work

Paul Moloney

The Therapy Industry: The Irresistible Rise of the Talking Cure, and Why It Doesn't Work

Paul Moloney

Distributed for Pluto Press

264 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745329864 Published June 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745329871 Published June 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Across the world anxiety, stress and depression are on the increase, a trend which looks set to continue as austerity measures bite. The official response tells people that unhappiness is just a personal problem, rather than a social one.

Written by a practising psychologist, with nearly thirty years' experience in the fields of mental health and learning disabilities, The Therapy Industry offers a concise, accessible and critical overview of the world of psychological practice in Britain and the USA. Paul Moloney argues that much therapy is geared towards compliance and acceptance of the status quo, rather than attempting to facilitate social change.

The Therapy Industry fundamentally challenges our conceptions of happiness and wellbeing. Moloney argues that therapeutic and applied psychology have little basis in science, that their benefits are highly exaggerated and they prosper because they serve the interests of power.

Contents

Introduction: The Light at the End of the Tunnel?
PART ONE: Evaluating Psychological Techniques
1. Faith, fashion and mind cures
2. The psychopathology of everyday life
3. ‘The CEO of Self’
4. Does Therapy Work?
5. ‘I’m not ill, I’m hurt’: the hidden injuries of social inequality
PART TWO: Therapy in Society
6. Sweet Medicine - psychotherapy and psychology as control
7. IAPT - theory into policy
8. The Therapy Marketplace
9. Towards a psychology that embraces what the therapy industry ignores
References
Index

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