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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 and difficult their relationships are from time to time typically develop anxiety and depression. Even those that avow to get away from this existence exhibit the dominant ways of thinking: idealizations, fantasies, delusions, and so forth are likely to be uncorrected or are secrets guarded tightly from a world based on the image of togetherness. For a depressed person everything has cracks, and its all a big exhausting performance outside as well as inside. Smail says that the only route to subjectivity and integrity for all of us, not only those with anxiety and depression, is painful, isolating and alienating, and it will take a lifetime. The last two chapters are devoted to this but Ill try to summarize: 1) do not shame yourself for any failure that allows you to cope with society, you do what you do for perfectly fine reasons even if they are considered abnormal (or mentally ill, a term he abhors), and 2) start to see what you can actually do. as in, you are not a work in progress and there are things you can affect individually as well as collectively. You do not need other peoples consent to do what you will have to do time and time again if you choose this, which is stand up for your own experiences even when they are by definition unprovable or even beyond language, when they beyond fashionable politics, in a society that controls using both rhetoric and image. The role of the therapists in this is to clarify things, and give support and resources. They not not much more than hired caregivers.
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