Download PDF by Steven Schwartzberg: A Crisis of Meaning: How Gay Men Are Making Sense of AIDS

By Steven Schwartzberg

ISBN-10: 0195096274

ISBN-13: 9780195096279

For homosexual males, the calls for of the AIDS epidemic are huge, immense and unrelenting. despite HIV prestige, all are known as directly to keep vigilant safeguard with intercourse, to stand down a cultural stigma higher even than homophobia, and to someway be able to head ahead in a global heavy with loss. As exhaustion and grief threaten to crush the activism and optimism of past years, and with new infections at the upward push between younger homosexual males, the problem of discovering which means in an international became the wrong way up is greater than an idle philosophical workout. it's a topic of mental and even perhaps actual survival.
during this poignant and uncompromising new publication, Dr. Steven Schwartzberg bargains a ground-breaking point of view on how homosexual males (and relatively HIV-positive homosexual males) locate how you can rebuild an international of that means amid the trauma and uncertainty of the AIDS concern. Eschewing either glib prescriptions for turning tragedy into triumph, and theoretical abstractions, Schwartzberg grounds his insights in his personal studies as a homosexual guy and as a working towards psychotherapist, and in in-depth interviews with nineteen males dwelling with HIV. Ranging in age from twenty-seven to fifty, the lads comprise a building foreman, a doctor, an artwork historian, a waiter, a librarian, and a certified therapeutic massage therapist. With candor, perception, eagerness, and a notable skill to proportion of themselves, they communicate eloquently approximately how HIV has affected their perspectives of the area, their senses of themselves, and the way they reside their lives. Interweaving the men's tales with observations from his examine and scientific perform, Schwartzberg bears witness to the outstanding variations a few males have complete, and the suffering of meaninglessness that weighs others down. He strives to discover why a few view HIV as a catalyst for switch or progress, whereas others see it purely as punishment. And although he passes no judgment at the coping techniques he describes, Schwartzberg does insist at the very important necessity of balancing somber fact with therapeutic, life-sustaining wish. He argues that males who pick out an excessive amount of phantasm and too little fact chance shoddy self-care and insufficient education for the long run, whereas those that locate no break out from truth could teeter into rage or suicidal despair.
fantastically written, with piercing expertise of the enormity of the demanding situations confronting people with HIV, this ebook celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. it really is either a prepared mental consultant and an elegiac chronicle of what lifestyles for plenty of has turn into. lightly pointing find out how to an oasis of progress, energy, and love that exists amid the epidemic's bleak terrain of loss, it's crucial analyzing for individuals dwelling with HIV, for his or her neighbors, households, and the psychological well-being execs who deal with them, and for all homosexual males grappling with the large adjustments AIDS has delivered to a neighborhood below siege.

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17 Lifton has studied or interviewed survivors of several atrocities and natural disasters, including the Hiroshima bombings, Nazi concentration camps, a 1972 flood disaster that decimated a rural town in West Virginia, and American veterans of the Vietnam War. Even across such varied events, Lifton notes that survivors of traumatic events exhibit common psychological responses. "18 Like Meaning: The Perennial Quest 31 Frankl's firsthand account of the Holocaust, and the coping strategies of concentration camp prisoners, Lifton's "survivor themes" apply to AIDS and modern gay life.

Acting from a sense of moral "rightness" (for better or worse) imbues many a life with meaning. And cause-and-effect principles of behavior may not be the only law, or the ultimate law, governing the outcome of life events—yet all of us experience their effect repeatedly in our lives. Second, regardless of truthfulness, these beliefs can be quite useful— it helps to have them. Psychologist Shelley Taylor and others emphasize that the accurate appraisal of reality is not the best measure of mental health.

They help us feel the world is safe, orderly, and knowable. They give us enough security to venture out with reasonable expectations of what we will find. These beliefs are an unseen screen through which we filter incoming information—a means to comprehend, organize, and respond to the incredible amount of stimulation that bombards us. They provide a rhyme and reason to our days. We typically stitch together life's meaning from many small threads, from the gradual accrual of seemingly minor details.

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