‘I need a little bit of happiness, yeah.’
The Happiness Fantasy, first published in 2018 by Polity Press (ISBN 9781509523818; the title in Dutch is: Ons geluksideaal) is written by Carl Cederström. He is an associate professor of organization studies at Stockholm Business School. In his research he focusses on Lacanian psychoanalysis, philosophy, politics and work. The author is co-writer of The Wellness Syndrome and Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement. Books also about the contemporary obsession with health and happiness.
With a critical and sometimes tongue in cheek tone Carl Cederström takes the reader from the young Wilhelm Reich to the Trumpusconi’s of this time to lecture about the fantasy of happiness. A warming up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1lhN0_DYsY
What happens when a question sparks a search? When a curious mind latches onto a quest to find answers that make sense, not just at a cognitive level but also with a bodily resonance, so it feels right? Well, if you’re Stephen W. Porges, you end up trying to understand how our physiology is related to our mental and behavioral states and then, with data in hand, you propose the Polyvagal Theory (1994), which links the evolution of the vertebrate autonomic nervous system to the emergence of social behavior.
An intriguing book about the wife behind one of the founders of psychotherapy, Carl Jung, and the early years of psychoanalysis: Emma Jung-Rauschenbach. The author, Catrine Clay (a director and producer of documentaries at the BBC) puts it bluntly: ‘The world would not have the Carl Jung it knew, without Emma Jung steady in the background.’
Title of the book: Neuroscience of somatic psychotherapy
Author: Gees Boseker
Year of appearance: 2017
Gees Boseker, the writer of this book, works as Core Energetic Therapist and as developmental somatic psychotherapist. She works with parents, children and attachment. From this point of view, she studied a lot on neuroscience and the brain as a social organ. This book connects insights of neuroscience with Core Energetics, or more generally, with somatic psychotherapy.
Title of the book: The Body keeps the Score
Author: Bessel A. van der Kolk
Year of appearance: 2014
The body stores trauma even more reliably than the mind – as the title of the book suggests. Comprised of 20 chapters, broken into five thematic sections, van der Kolk’s 2014 book provides the reader with an excellent account of the effects of trauma and the ways trauma dis-integrates the connection between one’s body, mind and emotions.