A sociology of and in psychotherapy

The seventh sin

Authored by: Peter Morrall

Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138225473
eBook ISBN: 9781315399584
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315399584.ch26

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Abstract

During an interview with a newspaper journalist (Ghomeshi 2009), the Canadian poet, songwriter, singer and perennial sufferer of depression and anxiety, Leonard Cohen, commented on self-absorption:

to talk about oneself in a time like this is a kind of unwholesome luxury. I don’t think I’ve had a darkest hour compared to the dark hours that so many people are involved in right now. Large numbers of people are dodging bombs, having their nails pulled out in dungeons, facing starvation, disease… [W]e’ve really got to be circumspect about how seriously we take our own anxieties today.

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