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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780490593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780490595
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,839,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Elements of Self-Destruction' is a wide-ranging, reader-friendly study of the enigma of self-destructiveness. The study is unique in the literature in its hermeneutic-phenomenological approach to this subject matter, seeking understanding from within the experiential worlds of those engaged in self-destruction. Drawing on the thinking of Bion and Heidegger, Potter makes a fascinating proposal concerning the intimate relationship between the essence of technology which reduces beings, including human beings, to meaningless resources to be exploited and the essence of self-destructiveness, illustrating his thesis with evocative discussions of child trafficking, pornography, and the Holocaust. Readers of this book will be richly rewarded. --Robert D. Stolorow, PhD, PhD, author of World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis

Brent Potter touches a central problem of our time human destructiveness. Destructiveness has always been part of our nature but presses us all the more with our added technological capacities and global scale of reach. It is the elephant in the room we try to find ways around, lacking adequate tools or capacity to address directly or well. Books like this are imperative as a way to keep destructiveness in focus and stimulate growth towards working with forces that injure and maim. Potter s research peels layers off evasiveness while adding to the store of wisdom needed to address who we are and how we work. --Michael Eigen, author of Contact With the Depths and Psychic Deadness

Brent Potter guides us on an erudite, elegant and deeply instructive hermeneutic investigation into the most disturbing and contradictory of all human impulses - one, as he shows, potentially inherent in all of us - the urge to self-annihilation. --Gabor Maté M.D., author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

About the Author

Dr Brent Potter, LMHC, CMHS, MMHS, is a psychotherapist with nineteen years of direct clinical service. He is the Director for the Society for Laingian Studies and the R.D. Laing Institute. Brent is the author of numerous articles whose topics include: innovative and effective mental healthcare models, existential-phenomenology, psychoanalysis, the psychotic register of the mind, character and personality disorders, chemical dependency and child/adolescent mental health concerns. He practices and lives in Seattle, WA and Oak Park, CA.

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