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Just by looking at the words laypeople and professionals alike find to describe mental suffering, we can see that causes of problems and afflictions cannot be ascribed to intrapersonal conflicts or neurochemical imbalances alone but at least as much lie outside of the individual organism or psyche. When speaking of “burn-out”, we do not simply … Read moreHealing a Sick Society. Therapy for Every Individual? Text by Andrea Ries (Free University Berlin)
The histories of psychoanalysis and anthropology have for their largest part developed concomitantly, moving away from and closer to each other from time to time. In his article “What is Cultural Psychoanalysis? Psychoanalytic Anthropology and the Interpersonal Tradition” (2014), the philosopher, psychologist and psychoanalyst Roger Frie offers an enlightening overview of this historical exchange between … Read moreTowards a more Anthropological Psychoanalysis and a Psychoanalytic Anthropology. Text by Beatriz Cerqueira Krieger (Free University Berlin)
“Suffering is one of the existential grounds of human experience” Arthur and Joanne Kleinman (Kleinman and Kleinman, 1997:1). For years “western” psychologists have tried to categorize mental illnesses over the world’s cultures: afflictions need to be comparable, human experiences explicable, and emotional outbursts reasonable. However, analyzing the ways in which (mental) illnesses are locally understood … Read moreSalsa y control – attaque de nervios in between any categorization? Anthropological Thoughts on Culture Bound Syndromes and Classificatory Systems like DSM-V. Text by Julia Baumann (Free University Berlin)
In their paper, Roepstorff and Frith provide a closing commentary for the special issue on neuroanthropology published by the journal Anthropological Theory. This context is important to note, as it delineates the programmatic style of their statements. Here, I would like to depict their main theses in order to investigate to what extent we as … Read moreEssay on Neuroanthropology or Simply Anthropology? Text by Deborah Cohen (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
“How did we become neurochemical selves?” In his article Neurochemical selves Nikolas Rose (2003) begins with a reflection about this question. Here, N. Rose not only talks about the redesign of the self as a neurochemical self, but also about a related business model. According to N. Rose, this mutation has taken place in recent … Read morePills and Interventions: A Business Model. Text by Katharina Fischer (Universität Greifswald).