Cooling Down Passion
(or: the end of self-improvement)
The Charismatic Counselors
The new language that Freud invented to describe
and steer the mind very soon became part of popular culture. The
psychoanalytic and therapeutic style is one of the greatest success
stories of cultural encoding in the 20th century. Today, everyone
potentially possesses cultural techniques to standardize and manage
his or her private self and intimate relationships, so that a progressive,
daily work of improving our feelings is ensured. The psycho-slang
with which we describe ourselves and others is a language of control
and optimization fed into a gigantic self-improvement industry.
In individual sessions on all three days, 11 auguring
advisors & 1 advisor to the advisors offer mantic ideas on “Cooling
Down Passion”. Presented here is the type of charismatic counseling
that relies on the presence of the counselor, his suggestive (un)certainty,
and his lack of interest in pragmatic suggestions, recommendations,
Turn symptoms into diagnoses and diagnoses into prognoses!
On the three days in the parlamonium, the Israeli
cultural sociologist Eva Illouz broadcasts instructions to immunize
oneself against self-observation’s promises of salvation:
It’s time to stop wanting to improve yourselves!
Controlling oneself means controlling others!