Includes bibliographical references and index.
1 Introduction: human being or 'human nature'. -- 2 Thinking in opposites. -- 3 'Who's in charge here?' Knowledge, power and human being. -- 4 Ethics, difference and Disneyfication. -- 5 That thinking feeling. -- 6 Is modern consciousness different? Modern consciousness and the quest for spirituality. -- 7 Racism, incest and the split mind of modernity; everyone is now a stranger among strangers. -- 8 Trauma, memory and human being. -- 9 Endings, the unconscious and time. -- 10 Orpheus, Dionysus and popular culture; Jean Cocteau's Orphee--then and now. -- 11 Surviving: a child being human
'...provides an original perspective on what it is to be a human being, the value of popular culture, the relationship between the individual and the collective and our assumptions about truth, reality and power....will fascinate anyone interested in contemporary psychology, cultural studies, film and media, social history and psychotherapy.'