• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
Theme: therapy culture

Why Channel 4’s ‘Sex Box’ Is Worse Than Seedy Porn

Channel 4's Campaign for Real Sex is as real as the coupling that takes place in front of the pornographer's camera.

Kids don’t need pills, they need parenting

The expansion of the diagnosis of ADHD among children is driven not by a hitherto unknown medical condition, but the cultural redefinition of the problems of childhood.

I don’t want to have my awareness raised, thanks

Hands up if you're fed up of experts thinking they're more 'aware' than us plebs.

Despite what the DSM implies, medical intervention is not always the answer to mental health issues

You don't need to be a mental health professional to take an interest in the recently published fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Entrenched in a culture of workplace politics, or could it be you’re picking on me again?

A close inspection of the claims made about bullying indicates that what they refer to are everyday troubles of human existence.

Language of officialdom devalues ties with those we love and care for most

The words we use really matter, for they shape people's view of themselves and of their fellow citizens.

Breaking up is hard to do ... but children must learn to cope

The unrelenting expansion of the colonisation of childhood is one of the most far-reaching and potentially destructive forces at work in contemporary society.

Band of brothers under attack from the social engineers

The politicisation of the Australian Defence Force Academy Skype scandal means it is no longer about the inexcusable harassment of an individual female cadet but about political reputations and, ultimately, the ethos defining the military's way of life.

Individual difference suffers in the neverending explosion of mental illness

The eccentric loner, the incomprehensible maverick or the shy stranger lacking in social skills have become candidates for the psychiatrist's couch.

Social Inclusion Unit? Leave me out

Far from being a desirable objective, social inclusion is an unusually vapid idea.

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