Kauders, AD (2022) West German Psychoanalysis in Post-Analytic Times: Navigating Demands for Self-Actualization, Self-Governance, and Social Change, 1968-1990. Geschichte und Gesellschaft (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht), 48 (2). ISSN 0340-613X

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This essay critically engages with the view that governmentality defined the parameters of psychotherapy in the late twentieth century. Even though different therapeutic schools embraced the values of autonomy, authenticity, and self-control, the meaning of these objectives varied, and gave rise to interpretations that were not confined to the goal of (“neoliberal”) self-optimization. While in some cases contemporaries associated psychotherapy with familiar (Enlightenment and middle-class) aims of sovereignty of reason and emotional restraint, in other instances they highlighted functionality and efficiency as desirable outcomes of therapy. The essay explores debates around personal self-actualization against the backdrop of psychoanalytic discourse in Germany between 1970 and 1990.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this accepted manuscript and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, can be found on the publisher website.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 10:21
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2023 15:33
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/11174

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