It’s not always good to talk

Ellis, Darren and Cromby, John (2004) ‘It’s not always good to talk’, The Psychologist, 17(11), pp. 630-631.

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Abstract

This article discusses the ways in which individualism has become more prevalent in Western culture in recent years, creating a ‘culture of narcissism’, in which people are dependent on various forms of therapy as the everyday world has become an atomised space of interpersonal alienation. Increasingly, perhaps, we imagine that the proper place for emotional talk and reflection is the professionalized and relatively costly space of the therapeutic encounter. The article comments on the popularity of talk shows such as Trisha, the mass-marketing of books on ‘emotional intelligence’, and the manifold ways in which the vocabulary and terms of psychotherapy and counselling have entered everyday life and asks if psychologists should be preaching the importance of expressing and listening to emotional experiences informally, with friends and family and in other types of discursive practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Ellis, D., Cromby, J. (2004) ‘It’s not always good to talk’ The Psychologist 17 (11) 630-631.
Divisions: Schools > Law and Social Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2009 14:35
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2012 12:00
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/360

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