Soul Hunger: The Feeling Human Being and the Life Sciences

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Modern psychiatry attributes psychological suffering to functional disturbances of the brain. This approach, based on precise outside observation combined with advanced technology, renders the individual ever more an object of examination and treatment. The author of Soul Hunger adds another dimension by arguing for a differentiated perception of inner experience. His basic hypothesis: the more high tech there is, the more important high touch becomes. The more psychiatry is influenced by neuroimaging and neurogenetics as a viewpoint from the outside, the more an affected individual needs inner groundedness, a mindful inclusion of personal experience. Daniel Hell explains that many psychological disturbances can be attributed to contradictions between a self-image and actual experience. This tension-filled discrepancy is illustrated in detail with examples from the development of depressive, anxiety and adjustment disorders. At the same time, it is shown how it is vital, in dealing with tensions, to carefully perceive arising feelings and thoughts.

This book is divided into three parts. In a first historical section, a short history of the soul and its treatment (psychiatry) is presented. The second part consists of a conceptual description of the necessity of an inner and an outer point of view for understanding and treating psychological disturbances. The third part describes the practical application of this approach to some of the most frequent mental disorders, such as depression.

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Professor Dr. med. Daniel Hell (1944) was Director of the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Zürich, the famous Burghölzli, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Zürich until 2009. He currently directs the Anxiety and Depression Center at Privatklinik Hohenegg in Meilen. Daniel Hell’s scientific research has focused primarily on depression and other emotional problems and several of his published books have become best- and long-sellers in German. His work has been translated into six languages.

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Publisher
Daimon
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9783856309572
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Language
English
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Psychology / General
Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational
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