Lost in DialogueAnthropology, Psychopathology, and Care

Lost in DialogueAnthropology, Psychopathology, and Care

Giovanni Stanghellini

Print publication date: Oct 2016

ISBN: 9780198792062

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

This book will build on and develop the assumption that to be human means to be in dialogue. Dialogue is a unitary concept that will attempt to address in a coherent way three essential issues for clinical practice: ‘What is a human being?’, ‘What is mental pathology?’, and ‘What is care?’. It will argue that to be human means to be in dialogue with alterity, that mental pathology is the outcome of a crisis of one’s dialogue with alterity, and that care is a method wherein dialogues take place whose aim is to re-enact interrupted dialogue with alterity within oneself and with the external world.

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