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A modern day version of M. Scott Peck's now classic work, "The Road Less Traveled..." This is good stuff. -David McMillian, Shreveport Times and KEEL Strategies for Living
Kunst's tone is passionate and sensitive, her writing is clear and moving, and her aim is to help people find truth, love, and meaning in their lives.Wisdom from the Couch will appeal to both lay and professional audiences, including psychoanalysts and other mental health professionals, patients, students, and anyone who seeks to live a more meaningful life. -Dr. Ofra Eshel, Book Review Editor, Sihot - Dialogue, Israel Journal of Psychotherapy
Rather than cover the oft-travelled ground of treating disorders and proffering 6-step life hacks, Wisdom from the Couch tackles such common yet complex issues as gratitude, thinking, work, feeling, balance, guilt, and humility. Not just a description, but how can we do it and why is it important? Dr. Kunst's use of metaphor and storytelling keeps you turning pages.You'll find she has a knack for artfully weaving insights from psychoanalysis, theology, and popular culture in a way that is accessible to anyone seeking a deep understanding. - Dr. Ryan Howes, Psychology Today's In Therapy
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
An excellent, must-read! Dr. Kunst has artfully managed to convey difficult psychological concepts using language, imagery and beautiful stories that don't require a doctorate in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by erika
It is a delightful and insightful book. Yes, it does mention things pertaining to the bible but that is not what this book it about. Read morePublished 9 months ago by fdrthureg
This book is not a compilation of prior theory for the interested psychoanalyst but reveals not only counter transference material but also the complex material that comes forth in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nancy E Wade
After reading this book myself and finding it remarkably clear yet full of depth, I bought several more copies and gave them to people I know--friends, family, the assistant at my... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark McDonald, M.D.
Very disappointing. I am a psychoanalytically-trained clinical psychologist. Patients often ask for readings, and there is a paucity of self-help books written from a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Timothy A Post
A wonderful thought provoking book with prime examples that even novices, like myself, can relate to. Created many a lively discussion on a recent family vacation. Nicely written!Published 13 months ago by Ma Miller