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What's Wrong with Us?: The Anthropathology Thesis

ISBN: 978-0-470-01954-2
300 pages
August 2007
What’s wrong with us? Professor Colin Feltham believes that the current crises of the human condition are symptoms of a chronic wayward tendency which he terms ‘anthropathology’. This interdisciplinary look at the zeitgeist of crisis traces the roots of human suffering, exploring the contemporary issues of human violence, deceit, patriarchy, abuse, irrationality and greed. Our human anthropathology is placed at the heart of all such problems. Echoing the pessimism of Schopenhauer, Cioran, Beckett, Gray and others, Feltham nevertheless insists that answers may be formulated through confrontation. Challenging and enlightening for professionals, academics and students, What's Wrong With Us?  is also a fascinating read for anyone with a general interest in our current social state.

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Chapter 1.  What is Anthropathology?

Chapter 2.  Origins and Development of Anthropathology.

Chapter 3.  Support and Evidence for the Anthropathology Thesis.

Chapter 4.  Anthropathology Today.

Chapter 5.  Mainstream Arenas of Anthropathology Transmission.

Chapter 6.   What’s Wrong With Religion?

Chapter 7.   What’s Wrong With The Psychological Therapies?

Chapter 8.   What Wrong With ‘What’s Wrong’? Denying And Refuting Anthropathology.

Chapter  9.  Proposed Solutions to Anthropathology.

Chapter 10.  Taking The Anthropathology Thesis Forward.




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Colin Feltham, MTheol, MSc, PGDipCouns, PGCE, PhD, FBACP, FRSA is Professor of Critical Counselling Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. He is course leader for the MA Professional Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is a past editor of the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. He has written or edited over 20 books and many chapters and papers. His publications include Psychotherapy and its Discontents (edited with Windy Dryden, Open University Press, 1992), Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Sage, 1999) and the Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (edited with Ian Horton, Sage, 2006). He is a member of Crisis:Forum for the Study of Crisis in the 21st century. 
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"This book explores wide-ranging causes and manifestations of our wayward and destructive tendencies." (Journal of Mental Health, August 2008)

The product of an inquisitive spirit and a fine intellect. As sombre as the message is, I enjoyed reading it. (PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008)

"...a timely awakening, educative, reassuring or cathartic for those in the process of emerging from our culture's trances of material progressivism..."  (Ipnosis, Winter 2007)

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