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The fear of insignificance from a socio-communicative perspective: Reflections on the role of cultural changes in Carlo Strenger’s thinking

Luyten, P; Campbell, C; Fonagy, P; (2022) The fear of insignificance from a socio-communicative perspective: Reflections on the role of cultural changes in Carlo Strenger’s thinking. Psychoanalytic Psychology (In press).

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Abstract

This paper commemorates the work of Carlo Strenger, a prolific writer and unparalleled critic of contemporary culture, with a focus on his thinking concerning the role of cultural changes, and globalization in particular, on the development of what he termed the fear of insignificance. We relate Strenger’s thinking in this regard to socio-evolutionary and developmental psychopathology approaches concerning the role of culture in engendering a sense of agency and selfhood. These views illustrate our own shift in thinking concerning the role of psychological and socio-cultural factors in the development and course of psychopathology. The implications of these views for the role of culture in psychoanalytic theory and practice are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: The fear of insignificance from a socio-communicative perspective: Reflections on the role of cultural changes in Carlo Strenger’s thinking
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Culture, Psychoanalysis, Mentalizing, Epistemic Trust
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137529
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