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Author Epstein, William M., 1944-
Title Psychotherapy as religion : the civil divine in America / William M. Epstein.
Imprint Reno, Nev. : University of Nevada Press, ©2006.

Author Epstein, William M., 1944-
Subject Psychotherapy -- Social aspects.
Clinical psychology -- Social aspects.
Psychology, Clinical.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 271 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-260) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Depression -- Anxiety -- The addictions -- Eating disorders, juvenile violence, group treatments, and other problems -- Cacophony of instruments by the gentlemen-in-waiting -- Magic, bias, and social role -- Psychodynamic psychotherapy -- Behavioral therapy : the owl and the mule -- Cognitive-behavioral therapy as Christian Science -- Hope without faith.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Print version record.
Summary "In Psychotherapy as Religion, William Epstein analyzes clinical studies conducted over the past two decades that purport to establish the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic treatments. He finds that each study in some way violates the standard criteria of scientific credibility and that the field has completely failed to establish objective procedures and measurements to assess clinical outcomes."
"Epstein concludes that psychotherapy is not a science at all but rather the quintessential civil religion of America, reflective of the ideals of radical self-invention and self-reliance that are part of the social psyche of the nation. He demonstrates striking parallels between various types of therapy and such popular movements as Christian Science and spiritualism, and contents that psychotherapy would not have endured if it did not so strongly reflect the national faith in individual responsibility for social and personal problems.
Instead, it thrives as the foundation of American social welfare policy, moralizing public social problems as the consequence of individual psychological weakness, blaming deviance and misery on deficiencies of character rather than on the imperfections of society."--Jacket.
Note English.
ISBN 0874176840 (electronic bk.)
9780874176841 (electronic bk.)
0874176786 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780874176780 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 70962965
Additional Format Print version: Epstein, William M., 1944- Psychotherapy as religion. Reno, Nev. : University of Nevada Press, ©2006 0874176786 (DLC) 2006000847 (OCoLC)62889079

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