Book ID: CBB532982464

Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us (2022)


Rachel Aviv (Author)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 2022
Language: English

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 288

Strangers to Ourselves poses fundamental questions about how we understand ourselves in periods of crisis and distress. Drawing on deep, original reporting as well as unpublished journals and memoirs, Rachel Aviv writes about people who have come up against the limits of psychiatric explanations for who they are. She follows an Indian woman celebrated as a saint who lives in healing temples in Kerala; an incarcerated mother vying for her children’s forgiveness after recovering from psychosis; a man who devotes his life to seeking revenge upon his psychoanalysts; and an affluent young woman who, after a decade of defining herself through her diagnosis, decides to go off her meds because she doesn’t know who she is without them. Animated by a profound sense of empathy, Aviv’s gripping exploration is refracted through her own account of living in a hospital ward at the age of six and meeting a fellow patient with whom her life runs parallel―until it no longer does. Aviv asks how the stories we tell about mental disorders shape their course in our lives―and our identities, too. Challenging the way we understand and talk about illness, her account is a testament to the porousness and resilience of the mind.

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Authors & Contributors
Chiang, Howard Hsueh-Hao
Coleborne, Catharine
Fink, Max
Graf, Rüdiger
Greenberg, Gary
Halliwell, Martin
History of Psychiatry
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Medicina Historica
Oxford University Press
Rutgers University Press
Duke University Press
Grand Central Publishing
Pickering & Chatto
W. W. Norton & Co.
Mental disorders and diseases
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Erikson, Erik H.
Feingold, Ben F.
Fromm, Erich
Goffman, Erving
Marcuse, Herbert
Mayo, Elton
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
18th century
United States
Chicago (Illinois, U.S.)

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