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Making Minds and Madness

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Making Minds and Madness

From Hysteria to Depression

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Making Minds and Madness by Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen
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Why do 'maladies of the soul' such as hysteria, anxiety disorders, or depression wax and wane over time? Through a study of the history of psychiatry, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen provocatively argues that most mental illnesses are not, in fact, diseases but the product of varying expectations shared and negotiated by therapists and patients. With a series of fascinating historical vignettes, stretching from Freud's creation of false memories of sexual abuse in his early hysterical patients to today's promotion and marketing of depression by drug companies, Making Minds and Madness offers a powerful critique of all the theories, such as psychoanalysis and biomedical psychiatry, that claim to discover facts about the human psyche while, in reality, producing them. Borch-Jacobsen proposes such objectivizing approaches should be abandoned in favor of a constructionist and relativist psychology that recognizes the artifactual and interactive character of psychic productions instead of attempting to deny or control it.

Author Biography

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. He is the author of highly influential books on the theory and history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis and co-author of the best-selling Le Livre Noir de la Psychanalyse (The Black Book of Psychoanalysis).
Release date Australia
November 30th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Worked examples or Exercises
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
276
Dimensions
174x247x14
ISBN-13
9780521716888
Product ID
3037655

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