It’s not always good to talk

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Ellis, D. and Cromby, John 2004. It’s not always good to talk. The Psychologist. 17 (11), pp. 630-631.
AuthorsEllis, D. and Cromby, John
Abstract

This article discusses the ways in which individualism has become more prevalent in Western culture in recent years, creating a ‘culture of narcissism’, in which people are dependent on various forms of therapy as the everyday world has become an atomised space of interpersonal alienation. Increasingly, perhaps, we imagine that the proper place for emotional talk and reflection is the professionalized and relatively costly space of the therapeutic encounter. The article comments on the popularity of talk shows such as Trisha, the mass-marketing of books on ‘emotional intelligence’, and the manifold ways in which the vocabulary and terms of psychotherapy and counselling have entered everyday life and asks if psychologists should be preaching the importance of expressing and listening to emotional experiences informally, with friends and family and in other types of discursive practice.

Keywordsemotional intelligence; individualism; psychoneuroimmunology; psychosocial studies; psychotherapy; counselling; discursive practice; popular culture
JournalThe Psychologist
Journal citation17 (11), pp. 630-631
ISSN1088-7156
Year2004
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10552/360
Publication dates
PrintNov 2004
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Oct 2009
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Ellis, D., Cromby, J. (2004) ‘It’s not always good to talk’ The Psychologist 17 (11) 630-631.

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