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Psychotherapy as religion : the civil divine in America

Epstein, William M., 1944- author.

Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press [2006]

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  • Title:
    Psychotherapy as religion : the civil divine in America
  • Author/Creator: Epstein, William M., 1944- author.
  • Publisher: Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press
  • Creation Date: [2006]
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 271 p. ).
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-260) and index.
  • Subjects: Psychotherapy -- Social aspects; Clinical psychology -- Social aspects
  • Description: "In Psychotherapy as Religion, William Epstein analyzes clinical studies conducted over the past two decades that purport to establish the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic treatments. He finds that each study in some way violates the standard criteria of scientific credibility and that the field has completely failed to establish objective procedures and measurements to assess clinical outcomes.".
    "Epstein concludes that psychotherapy is not a science at all but rather the quintessential civil religion of America, reflective of the ideals of radical self-invention and self-reliance that are part of the social psyche of the nation. He demonstrates striking parallels between various types of therapy and such popular movements as Christian Science and spiritualism, and contents that psychotherapy would not have endured if it did not so strongly reflect the national faith in individual responsibility for social and personal problems.
    Instead, it thrives as the foundation of American social welfare policy, moralizing public social problems as the consequence of individual psychological weakness, blaming deviance and misery on deficiencies of character rather than on the imperfections of society."--BOOK JACKET.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-260) and index.
  • Contents: Introduction
    Depression
    Anxiety
    The addictions
    Eating disorders, juvenile violence, group treatments, and other problems
    A cacophony of instruments by the gentlemen-in-waiting
    Magic, bias, and social role
    Psychodynamic psychotherapy
    Behavioral therapy : the owl and the mule
    Cognitive-behavioral therapy as Christian Science
    Hope without faith.
    Introduction
    Depression
    Anxiety
    The addictions
    Eating disorders, juvenile violence, group treatments, and other problems
    Cacophony of instruments by the gentlemen-in-waiting
    Magic, bias, and social role
    Psychodynamic psychotherapy
    Behavioral therapy : the owl and the mule
    Cognitive-behavioral therapy as Christian Science
    Hope without faith.
  • Restrictions: Restrictions unspecified
  • OCLC Number: 70962965
    62889079
  • Identifier: ISBN0-87417-684-0;LCCN 2006000847