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Economics, psychotherapy and politics

Samuels, A (2014) 'Economics, psychotherapy and politics.' International Review of Sociology, 24 (1). pp. 77-90. ISSN 0390-6701

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The paper explores the application of ideas derived from psychotherapy to questions of economic and social policy. It is argued that disputes concerning human nature underlie many debates on economic theory. Class is reviewed from internal and emotional perspectives. Psychological obstacles to the achievement of economic inequality are explored and ways of overcoming them critically discussed. Particular attention is paid to the operation of economic sadism in the behaviour of individuals and societies. A range of possible gender differences in relation to money is reviewed. Inherited wealth is explored from the perspective of ?therapy thinking?. The paper proposes that we reconsider what is deemed to be realistic and what is deemed to be (hopelessly) idealistic in thinking about economics. The paper concludes by proposing a deeper discussion of the problematic of sacrifice in connection with sustainable economics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: economics; gender; inequality; inherited wealth; Jung; politics; psychoanalysis; psychology sacrifice; sadism; social policy; wealth
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2014 10:28
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:38

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