Re: Psychotherapy in science-fiction

Diego A. Mayer-Cantu (
Tue, 18 May 1999 17:43:04 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 18 May 1999 wrote:

> In many science-fiction novels, psychoses and neuroses are presented as a
> things of the past, and the humans of the future are shown to be much more
> sane and psychologically balanced than those of today.
> Has any good novel ever tried to envision what a psychotherapy of the future
> would look like, or what conditions would make this general increase in
> sanity possible?

In the Sci-Fi novel _Xenocide_, by Orson Scott Card, one of the characters suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. In the book, the citizens consider actions related to this disorder "the will of the gods." This book is the third book of a quartet, and I'm not sure you want to read _Ender's Game_ and _Speaker of the Dead_ in order to understand some stuff in this book (although they are both excellent books).