Inventing the Psychological

Toward a Cultural History of Emotional Life in America
Editor(s): 
Pfister, Joel
Editor(s): 
Schnog, Nancy
ISBN: 
0300070063
Date published: 
January 1997
Paperback
Price: 
£12.50
Pages: 
304

When and why did it become chic for members of the white middle classes to perceive themselves as neurotic or emotionally fragile? Is the popular tendency to define the self in psychological language derived from (Freudian) Ôtruths', or does American culture invent and promote emotional and psychological identities? In this fascinating book, distinguished scholars show that the ways Americans imagine Ôinnerness' and emotions have been shaped by mass media, economics, domesticity and the arts.