‘Therapy is indeed the new opium of the people, as Frank Furedi makes clear in this fascinating, readable – and disturbing – book.’ – Virginia Ironside, The. Furedi has written a textbook-style assessment of this new therapy culture. While he lacks the illuminating gifts of sociologists such as. The official website of Frank Furedi, author of Therapy Culture, Paranoid Parenting, Culture of Fear.

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Instead, powerful cultural signals provide them with a ready-made therapeutic explanation of their troubles. Professor Furedi suggests that the recent cultural turn toward the cultyre of the emotions coincides with a radical redefinition of personhood.

And he suggests that the harmful consequences of sex abuse have been greatly exaggerated, on the grounds that children are “resilient”. That is why there are such strong cultural pressures on the individual to “acknowledge pain”and “share”.

He claims that therapeutic culture is primarily about imposing a new conformity through the management of thsrapy emotions.

In the s, confessional auto-biographies and semi-fictional accounts expanded beyond the usual “I was an addict” stories and adopted themes that were far more private than before. Take the experience of crime. A recent survey discovered that children as young as eight described themselves as “stressed by relationships and school”.


Furedi describes some of the reasons for this cultural shift. Such minimal claims stand in distinct contrast to the way that therapy was promoted in the past. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Drawing on duredi in popular culture, political and social life, Furedi provides a path-breaking analysis of the therapeutic turn. Yet, thrash TV, along with its more elevated literary cousin, the new genre of self-revelatory biography, mirrors new cultural norms about notions of intimacy and private space.

Professor Furedi suggests that the recent cultural turn toward the realm of the emotions coincides with When women’s magazines counselled readers not to express their emotions but control them.

Extract from Therapy Culture, by Frank Furedi | Books | The Guardian

Therapy is a sedative cynically administered to stifle dissidence and unrest. Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent, has become something of a cult figure. One recent study, Hardship Britain: Cultivating Vulnerability in an Uncertain Age. The act of “sharing” – turning private troubles into public stories – is now deeply embedded in popular culture.

The idea of therapeutic campaigning to work through personal problems is also widely endorsed.

Contents The culture of emotionalism. It’s anti-science and anti-reason.

Get off that couch

A powerful parallel development to this is the acceptance of an ever-widening definition of what constitutes psychological distress. In Britain, footballers confess their addiction to drugs and drink. And a world that had less need of therapists would be a better one. Because the public exposure of cultre pain can count on the affirmation and support of today’s culture, more and more people identify themselves through their addiction, syndrome or physical illness.


Through framing the problem of everyday life through the prism of emotions, therapeutic culture incites people to feel powerless and ill. Integrity in the Emotions David Pugmire No preview available – Furedi presents himself as a bold iconoclast, but he theray many followers. Adults, like children, are continually invited to make sense of their troubles through the medium of therapeutics. Distress is thus not something to be lived, but a condition that requires treatment.

Pull yourself together!

Professor Stephen Palmer of City University, who led the study, was “surprised by the extent of the problem”. Furedi portrays a world gone therapy-mad. All that it tjerapy in return are the dubious blessings of affirmation and recognition.