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Saving the Modern Soul – Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help - California Scholarship Online
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Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help

Eva Illouz


The language of psychology is all-pervasive in American culture—from The Sopranos to Oprah, from the abundance of self-help books to the private consulting room, and from the support group to the magazine advice column. This book examines the profound impact of therapeutic discourse on our lives and on our contemporary notions of identity. The book plumbs today's particular cultural moment to understand how and why psychology has secured its place at the core of modern identity. It examines a wide range of sources to show how self-help culture has transformed contemporary emotional life and ho ... More

Keywords: language, psychology, television, support groups, magazines, emotional life, trauma, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520224469
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eva Illouz, author