How the Psychotherapeutic Process Has Penetrated Culture and Society?

Over the last 50 years the discourses in the psychotherapeutic and psychiatric process of the western world have almost infiltrated all the aspects of the society and culture.

This will be further expanding with the introduction of DSM-5. With the passing of time several problems like suffering and ways of speaking and thinking about mental conditions is becoming uniform and common. From the potential viewpoint, the entire society is a patient of this perspective.

After comparing DSM-V to the device for film plot, Alfred Hitchcock called it “MacGuffin”. One can see how psychotherapeutic and psychiatric continue to expand within the systems of the health care. Political factors and camouflaging social ingredients along with individuals pathologizing are just like the two sides of a single coin that are contributing for the growth.


Homogenization discourses

The global trend towards the discourses of homogenization includes the mental suffering and mental states that has been highly criticized. Instead, the new proposal for diversity cultivation has come into being which describes clearly about such sufferings and states. In order to overcome the tendencies of hegemonic psychotherapeutic and psychiatric discourses a possible outline sketch of the “post therapeutic world” has been framed. Specifically, the possible changes that could take place in the workers training have been examined.

In the words of Ethan Watters “regions of the world that are counted for the maximum resources to devote to illness – the edge-cutting technology, the best medicines and the best-financed academy and private institutions for research had the most highest numbers of marginalized patients.

Penetration of psychiatric and psychological discourses in the society

Eva Illouz in her present work has describes the several ways in which psychological, psychotherapeutic and psychiatric discourses have penetrated the social and cultural aspects. For instance, the world of corporations daily uses emotional concepts and languages from psychology in order to optimize the potentiality of manager and leaders with their qualities. It also enable in harmonizing interactions within the boundary of the organization with the goal of enhancing profit and productivity. In the year 2008 Illouz had labeled this as “emotional capitalism”. From the law courts to the insurance companies, it is not possible to make judgments or come to a decision without referring to the psychiatric injuries and psychological states notions.

Prevention programs are usually offered by school to those students who have the goal of learning and promoting emotional and psychological health. Whether you look at the American talk shows like Dr. Phil or Oprah, the daily soaps, docudramas – all revolves around the subject, psychological problems. This helps in maintaining and enhancing the market share of the viewers.

Drugs for all problems and self help books

There are multiple creative ways by which drug companies have infused people with a single message i.e. ‘there is a pill for every problem’. People have accepted this view so strongly that even for the normal events of life like sadness, mourning, unhappiness and anxiety they visit a doctor to get the right combination of tablets. The market of self-help book is also facing a sudden bloom with so many people running to purchase these books. They generally feature useful advices from Psychotherapist London and various quests for optimizing one-self.

Viewing psychological discourse from relational perspective

The ever increasing lexicons on psychological disease were the main subject of focus for Ken Gergen in the last few years and he has written a lot about it. He has termed it as the “cycle of progressive infirmity”. He viewed psychological discourse from the perspective of relation which gave rise to critical questions about how terminologies change cultural life patterns, how they operate within the social culture, whether they inhibit/foster the forms of human relation and so on.

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Author bio: Allan Gois is an experienced and certified offering Psychotherapy in London EC1 to individuals and groups for more than 8 years. He has also worked in the NHS and private sector, helping people to deal with psychological, emotional and relational problems.

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