Averting Global Extinction : Our Irrational Society as Therapy Patient
Humanity's self-destructive failure to give global and human survival top priority is complex, puzzling, and irrational. Berger conceptualizes it as analogous to manifestations of individuals' psychopathology. He devises a 'sociocultural therapy' patterned after an individual psychotherapy framework, the so-called analysis of defense and designed to supplement the standard approaches to global threats. The new and valuable principal contributions are: identifying our failures with societal pathology; focusing on the latter's defenses; conceptualizing a therapeutic analogue applicable at the social level; and constructing a prototypical example of that therapy.
- Hardback | 140 pages
- 152.4 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 340.19g
- 30 Jul 2009
- Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Northvale NJ, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Introduction Chapter 3 2. Individual Psychology and Sociology Chapter 4 3. The Freud Wars-A Critique Chapter 5 4. The Framework of Defense Analysis Chapter 6 5. The Target Framework: Sociocultural Defense Analysis (SDA)
Averting Global Extinction is a brilliant effort to save our species and our world from the consequences of our least mature, least realistic tendencies. As everything that sustains human life hurtles toward disaster, Louis Berger notes that our collective response has been a social pathology of denial, distraction, and wishful fantasy. Although other authors have published similar observations, this book is unique in offering a closely reasoned psychological approach to changing such self-defeating patterns. Berger's erudition encompasses theory and praxis, science and art, the insights of the past and the stunning originality of a new angle of vision. His writing combines the intellect of the philosopher with the wisdom of the experienced therapist. I hope this book is widely read while there is still time to apply that wisdom. -- Nancy McWilliams, PhD, Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology Louis Berger has turned his critical mind to the dangers of global destruction and the result is a book that challenges the universal denial of reality. Viewing society as a patient in need of treatment, this discourse on psychoanalytic sociology can be read with profit by a general audience. -- Joseph Reppen, PhD, ABPP, former editor of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Psychoanalytic Books
About Louis S. Berger
Louis S. Berger is a clinical psychologist and a former assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine.