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Compare & Contrast The Cocktail Party by T. S. Eliot

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1940s: Psychiatrists treat their patients primarily by trying to understand their past experiences and by talking to them This sometimes requires having patients committed to sanatoriums for intensive psychotherapy

Today:Much of the field of psychiatry focuses on the ways that physical imbalances cause psychological problems. The greatest success comes from a mixture of psychoanalysis and drug therapy.

1949: A wealthy person who feels overwhelmed with the stress of life might commit herself or himself to a sanatorium for therapy and counseling

Today: People often speak openly about their therapy Wealthy people have a wider variety of retreats and spas to withdraw to when they need a rest from the stress of life.

1949: Divorce is rare and not particularly socially acceptable. As a consequence, marriage is often portrayed in literature as a trap that people are held in against their better instincts and interests

Today: Divorce rates around...

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