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Desire, demand and psychotherapy: on large groups and neighbours

Frosh, Stephen (2008) Desire, demand and psychotherapy: on large groups and neighbours. Psychotherapy and Politics International 6 (3), pp. 185-197. ISSN 1476-9263.

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Explanations of the disturbing effects of large groups are sought in the group analytic literature, where there is an emphasis on boundary disturbance, and in contemporary psychoanalytic and social theory, where the peculiar nature of the neighbour has become a topic for investigation. It is argued that the human subject is an interrupted subject, with the other/neighbour being a key figure in creating this interruption. In large groups, the alien nature of the neighbour who is both close and unknowable comes to the fore, disrupting attempts to cover over this interruption and promoting confusion and dislocation. The large group is consequently expressive of specific forms of contemporary sociality, and also suggestive for an ethical practice of psychotherapy that does not reduce to consolation.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): large groups, neighbours, psychoanalysis, ethics
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 12:12
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18

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