Book review: The psychology of the bathroom by Nick Haslam

Cotton, Elizabeth (2014) Book review: The psychology of the bathroom by Nick Haslam. LSE Review of Books . [Article]

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It doesn't get better than this. A book that unlocks the door into the rich material of what goes on in the bathroom.

For anyone attracted to the title, this book is important because, much like sex, there continues to be a remarkable inhibition even in psychological and therapeutic circles to talk about our attitudes to excretion.

Those of us working in mental health will have had the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the physical process of digestion and expulsion in understanding our psychic realities. The experience of taking stuff in and getting rid of waste, and the meaning and symbolism of this process is profound. Our communications in the bathroom are heavy with meaning, such as the phenomenon of the ‘dump and run’, or the ground floor ladies’ loos in the Tavistock Clinic - the site of a powerful ‘dirty protest’ against the ‘toilet therapist’, and against hope and progress in the UK’s mental health system. This book is wanted.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): psychology, shit, excretion, scatology, psychoanalysis, bathrooms, toilet graffiti
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 14345
Notes on copyright: All of our content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. (From the publisher's website)
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Cotton
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2015 12:48
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 23:17

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