- xxxi, 142 pages ; 20 cm
- Contents: The search for meaning -- The great war and the manic moment -- The crash -- Human character changes -- Fractured selves -- Normopathy and the compound syndrome -- Transmissive selves -- New forms of thinking -- Resuscitation -- Anti globalization -- The democratic mind -- "I hear that" -- Paranoia -- Ideology -- The pieces of the puzzle.Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-136) and index.Summary: Meaning and Melancholia: Life in the Age of Bewilderment sees Christopher Bollas apply his creative and innovative psychoanalytic thinking to various contemporary social, cultural and political themes. This book offers an incisive exploration of powerful trends within, and between, nations in the West over the past two hundred years. The author traces shifts in psychological forces and "frames of mind" that have resulted in a crucial "intellectual climate change". He contends taht recent decades have seen rapid and significant transformations in how we define our "selves", as a new emphasis on instant connectedness has come to replace reflectiveness and introspection. Bollas argues that this trend has culminated in the current rise of psychophobia; a fear of the mind and a rejection of depth psychologies that have paved the way for hate-based solutions to world problems, such as the victory of Trump in America and Brexit in the United Kingdom. He maintains that, if we are to counter the threat to democracy posed by these changes and re-find a more balanced concept of the self within society, we must put psychological insight at the heart of a new kind of analysis of culture and society--back cover.