From the Author
From the Foreword In this impressive book for the general reader, Jennifer Kunst finds wisdom not only from her training and practice as a psychoanalyst, but also from her experience of everyday life, from films and children's books, and from her religious training and experience. Not content with the isolation of the clinical situation, she applies the knowledge acquired there to the tasks of everyday life. In doing so, she allows readers to reflect on the psychoanalytic dynamics that might be at play in their own lives. -John Steiner, MD, British Psychoanalytical Society Special Praise for Wisdom from the Couch When Freud's ideas were first introduced, they seemed obscure and arcane, and they never became reader--or patient--friendly. In Wisdom from the Couch, Jennifer Kunst artfully presents a number of theoretical ideas, some complex and others simpler, all with such seamless clarity that the work speaks meaningfully to seasoned psychoanalysts, beginning mental health workers, students, parents, and others. -James S. Grotstein, MD, Psychoanalytic Center of California Dr. Kunst has written a remarkably readable book about what is often a difficult quest for the meaningful life. Despite all our complicated theories and scientific efforts to identify the secrets of a life well lived, I agree with her that it all essentially comes down to one thing, love. Those who read this book will be more equipped to be better lovers of others, themselves and God. -Mark W. Baker, Ph.D., author of Jesus the Greatest Therapist Who Ever Lived In this marvelous book Jennifer Kunst gives us a highly readable primer on the fascinating therapeutic approach of Melanie Klein--making her case with references to the likes of Shaq O'Neal, The Velveteen Rabbit, and St. Benedict. But even more, her "wisdom from the couch" is offered in terms of a candid and inspiring account of her own spiritual journey. -Richard J. Mouw, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary All those who have been scratching their heads and wondering how to find their way to a more sane and meaningful life will, if they are open to Jennifer's guidance, begin to find an answer. This book beckons us to open its pages and read with care and attention. -Neville Symington, Australian Psychoanalytical Society
About the Author
Jennifer L. Kunst, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst in private practice in Pasadena, CA. She is a senior faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Center of California in Los Angeles, where she has served as chair of the Curriculum and Continuing Education Committees, as well as teaching courses on the work of Melanie Klein. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA where she teaches courses in psychoanalytic theory and technique. Dr. Kunst earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and a PsyD in psychoanalysis from the Psychoanalytic Center of California. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, as well as a fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She writes a blog on psychologytoday.com, A Headshrinker’s Guide to the Galaxy.