Reviews

On this page can be found reviews of Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos: Complexity Theory, Deleuze|Guattari and Psychoanalysis for a Climate in Crisis (Dodds 2011). Click on the link below each quote for the full review.


“A brilliant integration of psychoanalytic theory with modern mathematics to explain the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced: its capacity to destroy the environment that sustains it. I cannot imagine psychoanalytic ideas to have a better application. The integration is truly original and scholarly, and provides an excellent background for further exploration.” 
   - Peter Fonagy (2013), Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London

"Once in a while, a book enters the field of psychoanalysis that is so revolutionary that it turns everything upside down, causing us to question the very framework under which we operate...a seminal book that introduces a new area of focus that should be read by any psychoanalyst interested in preserving the world for their children and grandchildren." 
     - Terry Marks-Tarlow (2012) International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Vol.7, Issue 4, 2012, pp565-572. DOI: 10.1080/15551024.2012.710352

"This book is a real tour de force and an important addition to a currently relatively small body of writings on climate change from a psychoanalytic perspective. It is comprehensive, covering enormous ground between related and complex disciplines... Dodds navigates these ideas with clarity and conviction. Overall, he demonstrates the need to link the various different approaches in order to address the ecological crisis that we face. I think, the book is essential reading for all and will add specifically to their understanding for those studying psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and systemic thinking."
    - Jan Baker (2013) Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations, October 29, 2013, DOI: 10.1080/14753634.2013.853484.

"Dodds shows us the interconnectedness between the ecology of mind, the ecology of society and the ecology of nature; each, worlds of infinite complexity, and locates psychoanalysis as part of a mind–society–nature continuum... He shows that complexity theory both illuminates psychoanalysis and helps to understand the crisis of man-made climate change… These ways of understanding the world are potentially revolutionary... Dodds’ enthusiasm for them is infectious, which encourages the reader to get to grips with this complicated but essential way of thinking."
     - Robert Tollemache (2013) What does the environment have to do with psychoanalysis? Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Vol.27, No.2, 187–190

"A tour de force of ecological, psychoanalytic and poststructural thought…essential reading for any scholar of ecopsychology who wishes to extend his or her thinking into new lines of flight and take some risks along the way."      
      - Renee Lertzman (2012) Ecopsychology, Vol.4, No.3, 2012, pp1-3

"Occasionally a book is produced which meets the entirety of the mission of this journal…the known but little discussed nexus between psychology, the life sciences, and nonlinear dynamics… Mature students in fields ranging from psychology to ecology to complexity sciences will find this book of value." 
     - Douglas Kiel (2012) Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences. Vol 16, No. 2, pp232-235

"Showing himself to be a 'nomadic scholar' of the highest order Dodds both draws on relevant psychoanalytic ideas to explore the ecological terrain, and points out its limitations in remaining, in spite of all its advantages, fundamentally a psychology without ecology."  
     - Martin Jordan (2011) Foreword to Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos, (Dodds 2011). Routledge, xiii-xv

"Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos makes a significant contribution to current discussions around the ecological crisis by suggesting that psychoanalysis offers important insights in the problem of climate change and its effects… This is a very useful and interesting book, carefully researched, well organized and clearly written, a very good case of truly interdisciplinary scholarship."
     - Maria Tamboukou (2011) Making connections: psychoanalysis, ecology and deleuze and guattari's philosophies. Psychology in Society. No.42 Cognella (2011), ISSN 1015-6046 

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