Depression and austerity

In a recent post I argued that far from being a time of pain and suffering, living in an age of austerity could actually be very enjoyable.1  Or, rather, it was precisely the pain and suffering of austerity that was the root of enjoyment – or at least a certain …

Therapy nation?

A while ago I set up a blog called Therapy Nation, which was intended to look at how talking therapies can both help and hinder an understanding of modern life.  In particular, I wanted to look at how psychoanalysis can shed light on some of the peculiarities and contradictions of …

The seduction of austerity

One of the problems with living in ‘an age of austerity’ is that it can become very enjoyable.  Perhaps all this goes back to the ‘Blitz spirit’, though one might question the enjoyment of having bombs rain down on you night after night.  The point here, though, is that enjoyment …

The promise of a new life?

One of the problems for psychoanalysis, at least in the UK today, is that no-one really wants it.  This is not necessarily to say that they want CBT, person centred therapy, counselling or some other form of talking therapy either.  However, I think there is something especially problematic about psychoanalysis …