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If the truth be known, I am only a partially reformed idealist. In the secret depths of my soul, I still wish to make the world a better place and sometimes fantasize about heroically eradicating its faults. When I encounter its limitations, it is consequently with deep regret and continued surprise. How, I ask myself, is it possible that that which seems so fight can be a chimera? And why, I wonder, aren't people as courageous, smart, or nice as I would like? The pain of realizing these things is sometimes so intense that I want to close my eyes and lose myself in the kinds of daydreams that comforted me as a youngster. One thing is clear, my need to come to grips with my idealism had its origin in a lifetime of naivet6. From the beginning, I wanted to be a "good" person. Often when life was most treacherous, I retreated into a comer from whence I escaped into reveries of moral glory. When I was very young, my faith was in religion. In Hebrew school, I took my lessons seriously and tried to apply them at home. By my teen years, this had been replaced by an allegiance to socialism. In the Brooklyn where I grew up, my teachers and relatives made this seem the natural course. When I reached my twenties, however, and was obliged to confront a series of personal deficiencies, psychotherapy shouldered its way to the fore.
- Clinical Sociology: Research and Practice
- Verlag: Springer, Berlin
- Seitenzahl: 272
- Erscheinungstermin: 31. Oktober 1999
- Abmessung: 241mm x 160mm x 19mm
- Gewicht: 576g
- ISBN-13: 9780306462115
- ISBN-10: 0306462117
- Artikelnr.: 22456365
Preface. I. Idealism on Trial. II. In the Name of Morality. III. Messianic Stickball. IV. Dreams or Nightmares. V. Extreme I: Radical Feminism. VI. Extreme II: Radical Civil Rights. VII. Extreme III: Radical Medicalism. VIII. Luminosity Blindness. IX. No Respect. Bibliography.
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