Across the world anxiety, stress and depression are on the increase, a trend which looks set to continue as austerity measures bite. The official response tells people that unhappiness is just a personal problem, rather than a social one.
Written by a practising psychologist, with nearly thirty years' experience in the fields of mental health and learning disabilities, The Therapy Industry offers a concise, accessible and critical overview of the world of psychological practice in Britain and the USA. Paul Moloney argues that much therapy is geared towards compliance and acceptance of the status quo, rather than attempting to facilitate social change.
The Therapy Industry fundamentally challenges our conceptions of happiness and wellbeing. Moloney argues that therapeutic and applied psychology have little basis in science, that their benefits are highly exaggerated and they prosper because they serve the interests of power.
Paul Moloney is a Counselling Psychologist with experience in community and social work, an associate lecturer with the Open University and the University of Birmingham, and a founder member of the Midlands Psychology Group, which is dedicated to questioning the assumptions of official psychology. He is the author of The Therapy Industry (Pluto, 2013).
Introduction: The Light at the End of the Tunnel? PART ONE: Evaluating Psychological Techniques 1. Faith, fashion and mind cures 2. The psychopathology of everyday life 3. `The CEO of Self' 4. Does Therapy Work? 5. `I'm not ill, I'm hurt': the hidden injuries of social inequality PART TWO: Therapy in Society 6. Sweet Medicine - psychotherapy and psychology as control 7. IAPT - theory into policy 8. The Therapy Marketplace 9. Towards a psychology that embraces what the therapy industry ignores References Index