Illusion & Reality: The Meaning of Anxiety

David Smail


Illusion & Reality: The Meaning of Anxiety

Illusion & Reality: The Meaning of Anxiety

  • Title: Illusion & Reality: The Meaning of Anxiety
  • Author: David Smail
  • ISBN: 9780094774407
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback



An examination of the roots and causes of psychological distress.


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Pretty decent book of the blind spots of therapy and psych-whatever from a longtime NHS (UK) clinical psychologist. To generalize: for Smail, anxiety and depression are symptoms of a need for nurturing in a culture that is good at pretending to give love but really manages to maintain you as a sort of machine, and treats distressing symptoms as physical when they are anything but. The creation of the consumer in our great metropolises makes people idealize objects. those that glimpse how fragile [...]

this book is basically a manifesto for the thorough application of common sense to psychology, with an existentialist bent. very anti-method, extremely critical of medical psychiatry, behaviorism, psychodynamic depth psychology, and pretty much everything else in academia. to smail, dominant forms of psychological help are either too mechanistic (psychiatry) or (as with therapy) they adopt a kind of pseudo-scientific bad faith about what they really are: the commodification of love in response t [...]


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