Monday, October 13, 2003

Therapy and risk

Frank Furedi's new book shows how therapy has become one of the defining ideas of our age. Firstly, there is the notion that we are permanently vulnerable. Secondly, that we need the intervention of outsiders in order to cope. What underpins both ideas is a very low estimation of our capacities as human beings.

Therapy runs hand-in-hand with risk. While a therapeutic culture seeks to emphasise emotion, the obsession with risk sees us as vulnerable more generally.

There's nothing wrong with people with genuine problems receiving therapy attempting to resolve those specific problems. Such therapy is targeted and time-limited. But the Therapy Culture is everywhere, assuming that we are all in permanent need of counselling etc.

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Extract from Therapy Culture, by Frank Furedi

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