Catharsis in Healing, Ritual, and Drama




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/21/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9780595152377

About the Book

In this thoughtful study, Thomas Scheff defines catharsis clearly as a process that is signaled by certain kinds of laughing, crying, and analogous responses reflecting anger and fear. The main concept which provides a thread throughout the entire book is that of distancing, the balance between being a participant and an observer in the thoughts and feelings that bring on catharsis. At optimal distance, the person has double vision, of being both participant and observer. This idea is applied to psychotherapy, ritual and drama.

About the Author

Thomas Scheff is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology at UCSB. He is the author of Being Mentally Ill and many books and articles.