Here’s a little interview I did for the new issue of Psychologies magazine with the psychoanalyst Darian Leader, who’s the most vocal critic of the government’s support for CBT. He thinks CBT peddles ‘rose-tinted positive thinking’ and likens the government’s support for it to Maoist brain-washing. I started off asking him about the riots: Jules Read more…

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DH Lawrence was my favourite author when I was an adolescent, ever since my grandmother gave me my grandfather’s editions of his complete works. I loved the way Lawrence described ordinary Midlands life with an Old Testament reverence, the depth of inner life he accorded to Ursula in The Rainbow, how he followed her soul Read more…

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I found an interesting show on Radio 4′s website this morning, called All In The Mind, which is a weekly programme on psychology presented by Claudia Hammond. I guess it’s the most mainstream regular show on psychology in the UK media. Anyway, the show I listened to was on CBT, and looked at the roll-out Read more…

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I’ve been reading James Hillman’s book, The Soul’s Code. I’ve been eager to read some of Hillman’s work, because he’s the only contemporary psychologist, as far as I can tell, who puts forward a daemonic theory of the personality – that’s to say, he seems to believe that we each have a daemon who directs Read more…

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The most vociferous criticism of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the British media has emerged from psychoanalysts and those sympathetic to psychoanalysis – and none has been more vocal than Darian Leader, a psychoanalyst and literary critic (the two tend to go together these days), who recently came out with a book called The New Read more…

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