How Psychotherapy Fits into a Dissolving Social Structure

 I wrote the article “How Psychotherapy Fits into a Dissolving Social Structure” in response to a heated exchange between the sociologist Professor Eva Illouz and three members of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society Dr. Itamar Levy,  Dr. Anat Palgi-Hecker and Dr. Eran Rolnick in the weekend magazine of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.  The article was published in the August 10, 2012 weekend edition of Haaretz.  This article is only available to subscribers and can be read here:


A longer version of this article will be appearing in my forthcoming book Mothering and Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Sociological and Feminist Perspectives, Demeter Press, Spring 2014.


  • Great point about the complementarity of psychoanalytic and sociological perspectives!

    August 12, 2012
    • Petra

      Thank-you Robert!

      August 12, 2012
  • Jennifer J Reed

    As a sociology PhD student and instructor who also received my BA in psychology, I applaud your arguments! Excellent points! I would argue that rather than dissolving, social structure in late modernity is in transition though :-)

    August 13, 2012
    • Petra

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for your comment. Its great to get feedback from someone in both camps! I agree with you that structure is not dissolving in the sense of disappearing. My sense is there is dissolution and reconstruction; however, the ties that bind have altered categorically in turn placing new conditions and demands on individuals. What do you think?

      August 14, 2012

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