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What's Wrong with Us?: The Anthropathology Thesis

What's Wrong with Us?: The Anthropathology Thesis

Colin Feltham

ISBN: 978-0-470-06083-4

Jun 2007

300 pages



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.

About the Author vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xv

Chapter 1 What is Anthropathology? 1

Chapter 2 Origins and Development of Anthropathology 43

Chapter 3 Support and Evidence for the Anthropathology Thesis 71

Chapter 4 Anthropathology Today 95

Chapter 5 Mainstream Arenas of Anthropathology Transmission 117

Chapter 6 What’s Wrong with Religion? 142

Chapter 7 What’s Wrong with the Psychological Therapies? 165

Chapter 8 What’s Wrong with ‘What’s Wrong?’? Denying and Refuting Anthropathology 192

Chapter 9 Proposed Solutions to Anthropathology 209

Chapter 10 Taking the Anthropathology Thesis Forward 231

Glossary 254

References 263

Index 277

"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)