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Is There a Cure for Masculinity?

: Jukes, Adam.

Have you ever wondered? * Why it’s so hard to get close to a man. * Why don’t men express emotions except big ones like anger and frustration? * Why most perversion is male; why most pornography is produced by men for men? Risk taking is male; drinking, drug taking, gambling and infidelity are predominantly the preserve of men? * Why most criminal behavior is perpetrated by men? Why thevast majority of domestic abuse and violence is perpetrated by men? * Why men are so concerned with the size of their penis and its symbolic substitutes – big, powerful cars, status, big houses, big money, and big muscles? * Why can’t men tolerate vulnerability? * Why men lie, don’t listen, don’t do housework, parenting? The answers to these questions, is the aim of this book. The author asks what it means to be a man, and what part masculinity play in men’s identity. What is it like to have to spend so much time and energy in managing that identity? Adam Jukes has spent most of his professional life working with troubled and disturbed men, and in 1984 he opened one of the world’s first treatment centers to address men’s abusive and violent behavior towards women, from verbal and emotional abuse through to stalking and murder. In the following decades that work developed into a clinical examination of masculinity and the author now shares his insights and conclusions with the reader. Adam Juke’s conclusions about what constructs masculinity and how it develops may be unpalatable to some but it is also thought provoking and intriguing to anyone who has an interest in these issues whether professional or personal, male or female, wife or lover, sister or brother, husband or father. Read more…

Collaborative creativity: Contemporary perspectives

: Miell, Dorothy

The contributors to this volume adopt a socio-cultural approach to understanding collaborative creativity across a wide range of domains such as music composition, business, school-based creative writing and art, fashion design, theatre production and web-based academic collaborations. Central to the socio-cultural approach to creativity is the recognition that it is a fundamentally social process. It thus follows that, if we are to understand and characterise human creativity, we need to examine the cultural, institutional and interpersonal contexts that support and sustain such activity. We also need to understand how cultural tools and technologies resource collaborative creativity. The volume offers a distinctive and valuable contribution to this growing field of scholarship by presenting new empirical findings, reviews and critiques of existing literature together with suggestions for how this field should develop. Edited by Dorothy Miell and Karen Littleton. Read more…

Why Men Hate Women

: Jukes, Adam

What makes a man like John, in every respect a cultured and charming man, successful in his career and liked by his friends and acquaintances, behave violently towards a woman he says he loves? Is he sick? Is he different from other men? Is it, as he says, Jane’s fault? Does she like being beaten? Otherwise why would she go on doing what she knows upsets him? Adam Jukes hopes that by the end of his demanding but gripping book, the reader will be able to answer these questions. Adam Jukes works with men who are abusive and violent to women. In the last five years he has been involved in the London Men’s Centre, which offers dedicated programmes to men who are violent. He began working with abusive men as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, but as his work continued he found that the work of feminists in the refuge movement and in the ‘speaking bitterness’ literature could not be ignored. He integrates these two perspectives in his work. The way in which he presents men in this book will generate distress for those men who experience their masculinity as a burden – for he argues that misogyny, the hatred of women, is an inescapable element in the development of masculinity. But he also shows how the model of misogyny which informs the book is applied to an intervention programme to stop male abusiveness. This is a shocking book. Its thought-provoking view of the issues will be of great interest to mental health professionals and all concerned readers. Read more…

The Land of Remorse: A Study of Southern Italian Tarantism

: De Martino, Ernesto

The Land of Remorse (La Terra del Rimorso, first Italian edition 1961) is a classic work by Ernesto De Martino, the founding figure of Italian cultural anthropology and ethnopsychiatry. Based on fieldwork conducted in the Salentine peninsula of Southern Italy in 1959, the study deals with the phenomenon of Apulian tarantism, a form of possession related to the belief in the bite of a mythical tarantula and its ritual cure in the tarantella dance. De Martino draws together the contributions of various specialists who participated in the fieldwork, including a psychologist, a psychiatrist, an ethnomusicologist and a social anthropologist. As both an ethnologist and classically-trained religious historian, the author reviews the fieldwork data through the lens of tarantism’s historical analysis. Never losing sight of his own relationship to the subjects of his study, he is able to restore the connection between the “history-less” peasants of the Salentine and the elites who wrote about tarantism in learned treatises from the Middle Ages on. The result is a compassionate and compelling account of tarantism, which no longer appears as mere mental illness or as a “survival” of shamanistic irrationality, but as a product of a cultural history defined from above, endowed with its own forms of rationality. The Land of Remorse offers an excellent introduction to Ernesto De Martino’s theoretical and methodological perspective. It will be of interest to a wide range of academic fields, including cultural anthropology, folklore, medical anthropology, ethnopsychiatry, ethnomusicology, semiotics, classics, religious studies and the history of philosophy and science. Along with appendices featuring essays on tarantism by specialist members of De Martino’s research team, this annotated edition includes the fieldwork photographs of those afflicted by tarantism as they perform the ritual exorcism, an example of the author’s early use of visual methods in ethnographic research. Read more…

Non-compliance in Winnicott’s Words: Companion to the Writings and Work of D.W. Winnicott

: Newman, Alexander.

Since Winnicott’s death in 1971 there has been an increasing demand for opportunities to study his writings. This book is neither a textbook nor a critical dictionary but it can be used as both. Its main purpose in the fullest sense is to allow the reader to enjoy studying Winnicott’s texts. Alexander Newman’s book is aimed at anyone, or any group who needs an aide memoir for work: a psychotherapist’s and a counsellor’s handbook. Read more…

Single Session Family Staging: Breaking Family Spells

: Zawidowski, Edward.

Family staging is employed primarily to examine the emotional dynamics of families and personal relationships. This book presents a description and guide for the use of this tool by practitioners. This method can be used not only with clients with a history of dysfunctional relationships but also provide useful insight into intact relationships, for example in pre-marriage counseling and for couples still together but in crisis. This book by Edward Zawidowski introduces a radically new way of revealing and demonstrating the underlying reality of a person’s emotional world and will be of interest to all counseling and psychotherapeutic practitioners. Read more…

The Anatomy of Judgement: Investigation into the Processes of Perception and Reasoning

: Abercrombie, M.L.J.

The process of perception – the very having of experience – is fundamentally affected by unconscious processes. This is the conclusion of an elegant and utterly convincing study of the psychodynamics and social context of forming judgements in everyday life, in science and in group processes. The author, M.L.J. Abercrombie  is concerned with the origin and development of judgement, the relation between inner and outer worlds, the selective and interpretative nature of perception and the role of context or total situation. The book is a reminder of the emotional basis of learning. Read more…

Therapy and Consultation in Child Care

: Winnicott, Donald; Dockar-Drysdale, Barbara.

Therapy in Child Care and Consultation in Child Care are two classics of clinical and theoretical work on psychotherapy with severely disturbed children. The author, Barbara Docker-Drysdale is Britain’s leading figure in this field. She worked closely with Donald Winnicott in the period after World War Two and applied his ideas, and her own, to the therapy of severely damaged children. Read more…

The World of Adolescence: Literature, Society and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

: Copley, Beta

Beta Copley addresses three celebrated literary works with adolescence in mind: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing, and Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. These set the stage for the clinical material in the second half of the book. Here, she illustrates the core approach of intensive one-to-one work with adolescents. Read more…

That Why Child: Problems in Psychotherapy and Counselling

: Jeffrey, Carol

This text records the experiences, over 50 years, of psychotherapist Carol Jeffrey. It describes her work with children with special needs, which eventually led to the establishment of the Child Guidance Service, and details her entering into a long Jungian analysis with Michael Fordham. Read more…