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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Central Recovery Press (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937612619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937612610
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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
 
 

More About the Author

Jennifer Kunst, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Pasadena, CA. She is also a faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Center of California and the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She writes a popular blog on Psychology Today called "A Headshrinker's Guide to the Galaxy." Dr. Kunst hopes to demystify the process of psychoanalysis and make it accessible to anyone who is searching for a more satisfying and meaningful life.

Psychoanalyst Neville Symington of Australia said about her book, Wisdom from the Couch, "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."

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I learned so much about myself, and I am a more grateful and more loving person after reading this book.
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It's written simply, like talking to an old, intelligent friend.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on August 30, 2014
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Jen Kunst’s book is a wonderfully simple exploration into what makes us tick. She tackles topics like: not avoiding problems and pain, living humbly, being grateful, the interplay of thinking and feeling … all with the goal of helping the reader understand the process of personal and spiritual growth. She writes like a friend (a well-trained one!) who offers suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls in life. If we all would just follow one simple rule we would be so much better off: Accept life as it comes, not as you wish it would be.
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I am a psychologist myself and I found this book to be at once heartful and practical, encouraging and challenging. I know I will recommend it to my own patients. It is a hard and rewarding process to "grow ourselves", and I took in many things from this book about this process of growth. In particular, I am reminded that growth and change require TIME and that minor change can have a lasting impact. I was also particularly taken with Kunst's discussion of dependency and obedience, and the role of those two qualities in our growth. This is a lovely book and worth the read. Highly recommended!
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Wisdom From The Couch is a wonderful tool to help to understand our constant need to work on personal growth. It's written simply, like talking to an old, intelligent friend. Too often in life people feel stuck and lost. The reality is that our thoughts become our life. If you live in negativity, you'll get negativity. Turn that frown upside down and live with a positive mental attitude and watch your world transform! This book is a great reference on how to understand why we think the way that we do and how to achieve positive thoughts by training your brain. Know and grow! Highly recommend this book.
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The author shares her intuitive insights into the depths of psychology with clarity and accessibility. She utilizes stories and references from children’s books and pop culture to help explain and offer examples of seemingly complex concepts. This book gives you gem after gem of wisdom on topics like work, humility, guilt, gratitude, love, and even your unconscious. The author makes depth psychology seem easy to understand and apply to your life. I learned so much about myself, and I am a more grateful and more loving person after reading this book.
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