Out of Control

Out of Control : How Obsessionality Came to Dominate American Society

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Out of Control: How Obsessionality Drives American Political Division examines the role of obsessional behavior in the culture wars that are currently consuming America. The text reviews the clinical features of obsessionality, and traces its roots to an ill-conceived will for the power and control. As moral perfectionism is the goal of the obsessional, the text explores the persistent effects of the Judaeo-Christian religion on modern secular ideals. It provides the psychological basis for understanding the difference between what the social commentator Thomas Sowell has referred to as "two visions" for America's future, one unconstrained and expressed in Progressive ideology, the other constrained, and expressed in conservative ideas. The book explains how feminism, identity politics, and social media, have all contributed to fostering the current obsessional "politically correct" society that risks avoiding existential threats to American society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Halftones, black and white; 3 Tables, black and white
  • 1138926191
  • 9781138926196

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 Off
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About Richard Kradin

Richard Kradin, MD is Harvard physician who practices medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and has advanced degrees in psychoanalysis and religion. He has authored several books on mental health topics and is the recipient of Gradiva Prize awarded from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in 1997 for the best paper in psychoanalysis.

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