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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231151659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231151658
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sensitive, accessible, wise, and deeply moving, this book is original and exceptional. The text is expansive and covers a vast range of theoretical territory. The writing is excellent and delightful, featuring stories full of surprise and intrigue. The theoretical explanations complete the package. A must for all who take the journey of self-knowledge and for anyone curious about what makes people tick.Kerry L Malawista, Anne J Adelman, and Catherine L Anderson Wearing My Tutu to Analysis and Other Stories: Learning Psychodynamic Concepts from Life

(Jane Hall, New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, author of Roadblocks on the Journey of Psychotherapy)

The story and analysis are really quite wonderful. I loved reading both -- and especially enjoyed the way the story unfolds through analysis, which is quite sophisticated and, on a personal level, touching and nicely written.

(Brian Rasmussen, University of British Columbia Okanagan)

This is going to be a book that people will love -- both students of analysis and the general public. The vignettes are charming and the explanations, which deal with complex concepts, are masterfully simple and clear. The writing is entertaining and a pleasure -- a fun read and rare, I'm sure, for books on analysis.

(Sara Mansfield Taber, author of Bread of Three Rivers: The Story of a French Loaf)

The examples here -- each of them -- are little gems, beautifully weaving together theory with life and with much that is illustrated through this.

(Patrick J. Casement, author of Learning from Life: Becoming a Psychoanalyst and Learning from Our Mistakes: Beyond Dogma in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy)

Wearing My Tutu to Analysis and Other Stories is both a delightful title and a very useful and well-written book.

(Barbara Almond Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association)

well-written, informative, and chock-full of wisdom at the same time that it is absolutely delightful and charming.

(Martin A. Silverman Psychoanalytic Quarterly 1900-01-00)

About the Author

Kerry L. Malawista is a training/supervising analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society. She is co-chair of the New Directions Writing Program and is in private practice in Potomac, Maryland, and McLean, Virginia.

Anne J. Adelman is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst with the Co ntemporary Freudian Society. She is a faculty member of the New Directions Writing Program and maintains a private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Catherine L. Anderson is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society. She is co-chair of the New Directions Writing Program and practices in Bethesda, Maryland.


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Dr. Beth I Kalish-Weiss
Reading this book made me think and made me write; it opened me to thinking about the deeper meanings of some of my own life stories.
Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
I'd recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the topic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Just finished this book-funny and so clearly written. It is the first time certain analytic concepts made sense to me. As a therapist it is a must read but even the non-therapist would enjoy and learn from the short stories.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a seasoned analyst I expected this book to be a useful and enjoyable tool in teaching a basic psychotherapy class. However, once I started reading I couldn't put it down! I found the stories well told and the follow-up discussions, rich with stimulating observations for readers at all levels of psychodynamic experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Lothstein on January 17, 2013
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I am an avid reader and been involved in psychology education for 42 years.
The vast majority of trainees I supervise have not read Freud but are experts
in criticizing his works and dismissing pscyhodynamic concepts no less psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically oriented therapy before even understanding it. I came across the book by accident and believe it
was prophetic. What a wonderful teaching tool. The authors candidly present
a series of beautifully written vignettes arranged in a
sort of developmental sequence about pivotal issues in psychodynamic
psychotherapy. The stories are warm and wonderful, painful and tear jerking,
exciting and funny. Each of the vignettes is then scrutinized
psychodynamically and developmentally and the result is a successful book
(a worthy book) and a wonderful way to understand complex material in
developmental and psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy. Since most
trainees in psychology, psychiatry and social work have only treated a patient for a year (many for only three months
before internship or residency) they do not have a longitudinal understanding of the
progression of intensive psychotherapy and often feel hopeless and confused about what they are up to with their patients. Moreover, the texts that are available on psychodynamic
psychotherapy (with the exception of Nancy McWilliams) are usually filled with jargon, dense and a
little bit confusing and off putting to beginning psychotherapists. Since
the vast majority of psychology trainees (80%)are women and most of
them have not been in treatment themselves this text offers a veritable entry into the wonderful world of psychoanalytical psychotherapy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) on August 30, 2011
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This book was wonderful to read, and not just because it was a great way for me as an interested lay person to learn about psychoanalysis. I did love the stories, and I thought the commentaries made the psychoanalytic concepts more accessible than I have found them anywhere else. What I really loved about reading the book was how it made me reflect on my own life and experience. After the first couple of chapters, I read the rest with my own journal close at hand. Reading this book made me think and made me write; it opened me to thinking about the deeper meanings of some of my own life stories.
Many of the stories are touching and some are quite funny, but the last few chapters are sad and beautiful - the depth of feeling, especially in `Phantom Limb' about the loss of a child, goes way beyond the rest of the book. Although the last few stories are also used to explain concepts of psychoanalysis, they touched me more importantly as profound meditations on love and suffering and on coping with the unfathomable - sometimes unbearable - experience of loss. Apart from whatever these stories could teach about psychoanalysis, their real value was in some deeper way to teach about life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danny on August 12, 2011
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A wonderfully enjoyable book to read! It presents important psychoanalytic concepts in the most human and humane manner, by telling stories. As an instructor of a doctoral-level psychology course on Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, I find this book to be accessible to those people not in the field of psychotherapy, and fun and stimulating for those of us who are in the field. I recommend it highly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz on August 20, 2011
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What a wonderful read! The authors have managed to take even the most complex and vexing psychoanalytic concepts and to bring them to us in a most engaging way. The use of stories from both their personal lives and their work with analytic patients pulls the reader in and then serves as a very effective way to introduce analytic ideas about theory, technique, development, trauma and loss. This a fun book for seasoned practitioners, but will be invaluable to the new clinician. I regret that this book was not available when I was starting out and plan to use it in my teaching of beginning therapists.
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