The Nation: June 17, 2022-The Long, Tangled History of Teletherapy

In the tyranny of the permanent ad hoc, who has the energy to ask whether the thing to which there are no alternatives is any good?

In our latest issue, Danielle Carr reviews a book on the long history of teletherapy: a mental health tool whose legacy goes much further back than the early days of the pandemic, and whose validity has been contested. “Distance therapy reveals something that is true of human communication in general,” the book argues. “All intimacy relies on a fantasy of togetherness, even when the parties are physically present with each other.”

The Long, Tangled History of Teletherapy
Hannah Zeavin’s history of remote and distance psychotherapy asks us whether the medium matters than the message.
Danielle Carr
Kevin McCarthy Is Still Trump’s Accomplice
The congressman’s attempts to deflect from the January 6 hearings show that he is willing to continue leading the country down the path to tyranny.
Sasha Abramsky
Nixon’s Watergate Cover-Up Succeeded When It Mattered Most
Democrats pulled their punches on accountability during the 1972 election campaign. They should not make that mistake again.
John Nichols
What Makes Bill de Blasio Run… for Congress?
He’s the obvious favorite. But in an exclusive interview with The Nation, the former mayor recognizes that his road to political redemption might not be all downhill.
Ross Barkan
What the French Really Owe Haiti
Compensation for a history suffused with violence that left physical wounds and psychological trauma.
Marlene L. Daut
John Nichols on January 6 and Peter Dreier on Progressive Prosecutors
Writers join the Start Making Sense podcast to discuss the latest on the insurrection hearings and the ousting of San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin.
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener
Dianne Feinstein and the Centrist Gerontocracy
Rebecca Traister on a venerable senator and an out-of-touch elite.
Jeet Heer

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