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Selected Portraits Paperback – September 1, 2007

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Ron Charach is the winner of the Canadian Jewish Award for Poetry. Born in Winnipeg, Charach now resides in Toronto where he is a practicing psychiatrist.


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894987209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894987202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,184,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Charach's poetry is ingenious in transcending the linguistic limitations within which psychiatrists must somehow make healing use of the science of their profession. He has published eight books of poems -- the latest being "Selected Portraits" -- to convey healing messages to psychiatric survivors and their family members.

Following the tradition of the medical science out of which psychiatry was born, psychiatrists have invented ways to categorize the habits of behavior and thought they perceive in people experiencing emotional pain into commonly occurring psychiatric types. But only the outward consequence of some inner bodymind process is directly observable. So is the thought of another's mind actually observable?

Unless we become exquisitely aware of the complex reality of the new field of emoto-linguistics, we are likely to try to repeat the successes that our civilization has had in the realm of manipulating objects by referring to each other diagnostically, i.e. as one or another psychological type. And if that happens, we can easily fall into the habit of treating each other as having the characteristics of objects rather than personalities capable of honest growth.

Indeed, many if not most of us are at the stage of studying popular books on psychoanalytic theories and managerial psychology -- books in which the linguistic limitations of quintessentially diagnostic psychoanalysis are rarely, if at all, made clear.
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