Out of Control

Out of Control : How Obsessionality Came to Dominate American Society

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Out of Control offers a multidimensional exploration into the history, psychology, and social impact of obsessional behavior. The seminal observations of Pierre Janet and Sigmund Freud are discussed along with how modern psychology, neurobiology and psychoanalytic thought currently envision this disorder, its resistance to treatment and its overlap with other psychiatric diseases, such as hypochondriasis and eating disorders. Structured modern society with focus on productivity is seen as the basis of increasing obsessive-compulsion that is "informationally-driven" and "politically correct" and in many respects deeply dysfunctional in ways that mimic the obsessive compulsive patient.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138926183
  • 9781138926189

About Richard Kradin

Richard Kradin, MD, has integrated formal training in pulmonary medicine, anatomic pathology, basic immunology, and psychiatry. He continues to practice actively in these areas and to contribute to the peer-reviewed literature in each of these fields. His activities are divided between clinical services, teaching. and research. His primary area of expertise is immunopathology of lung disease, to which he has made significant contributions to the areas of antigen processing by dendritic cells and the immunopathogenesis of acute and chronic interstitial lung injury. He has written several books on mental health topics and is a practicing psychotherapist.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: In the Beginning was the Thought Chapter 2: Obsession and Ritual in the Ancient World Chapter 3: Obsession and Compulsion and the Judaeo-Christian Ethos Chapter 4: Obsessive-Compulsion as Mental Disorder: Psychoanalysis and the Discontents of Civilization Chapter 5: Modern Approaches to Obsessive Compulsion: Less Talk/More Action Chapter 6: Obsessive-Compulsiveness as Addiction: Running with the Workaholics Chapter 7: The Internet and Political Correctness Chapter 8: Seeking Perfection: Seduction and Rejection in the World of Internet Dating or How to Find a Virtual mate Chapter 9: Where on Earth is this All Going? Stop the World, I want to Get Offshow more