Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Mental Health

– Books –

An excellent introduction to the history of psychiatry is Mark S. Micale and Roy Porter’s Discovering the History of Psychiatry (1994).

Psychoanalysis and Buddhism (2003), edited by Jeremy D. Safran, brings together some fascinating thinking on how these apparently contrasting systems can work together – the Jack Engler piece in particular is worth a look.

If you’ve not read anything before by Freud or Jung, then Civilization and Its Discontents (Freud, 1930) and The Undiscovered Self (Jung, 1957), are highly readable places to start.

Possibly the biggest name in counselling and humanistic psychology is Carl Rogers. He published books of his own, but possibly of greater general interest would be this book on his ‘Dialogues’ with philosophical heavyweights of his era – from the Christian existentialist Paul Tillich to the Jewish philosopher of ‘I’ and ‘Thou’, Martin Buber.

– Blogs / Websites –

In the Space of Reasons - philosophical approaches to mental health questions, from Tim Thornton.

Transcultural Psychiatry – a collaborative blog and forum based at Glasgow University.

Theory and Knowledge – excellent, accessible blog by the psychologist Gregg Henriques, on philosophy and psychology.

A Short History of Mental Health – another great blog on mental health, this one by the historian Matt Smith.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest group webpage has links to a range of recent writings on this emerging health and social policy theme.

– Films –

Das Experiment [The Experiment] (2001) – inspired by the legendary Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971.

The Aviator (2004) offers an unnerving portrayal of Howard Hughes’ intensifying struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – iconic film about mental illness, conformism, and institutions:

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