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This book is a negative alternative to the positive orientation of popular psychology and current therapeutic culture. Unlike them, it is not striving to save anyone or improve anything. It is aimed at those to whom the positive approach feels dishonest and irrelevant. It offers in three main chapters a ‘depressive realist’ perspective that explores the structural role of death, negativity and tragedy in relation to the individual psyche, society, and nature. It explores the possibility of negative psychoanalysis, which would embrace the disaster of human existence instead of adopting positive escapist positions.

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