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"Like Voltaire or Swift, Will Meyerhofer uses the charming, coherent and believable fantasy of Bad Therapist to spin a fable as well as to comment upon and question our increasingly techie-psycho-babble society. It's all lighter than air but its surprises are many and they are never less than delightful."   - Felice Picano

"The sincere, comedic and provocative new novel, Bad Therapist, by Manhattan psychotherapist Will Meyerhofer, utilizes a Swiftian science fiction conceit as a pretext for a thoughtful meditation on love, shifting cultural mores concerning gender and sexuality and psychotherapy itself ... the author is clearly serious in his admirable desire to pull down Shibboleths of therapy and its healing aims, as well as cultural prejudices that divide people, families, nations, and, who knows?, perhaps species and solar systems as well." - Christopher Murray, LCSW-R,  HuffPost Gay Voices

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This is the story of a mild-mannered psychotherapist living in New York City who falls in love with a blue alien from outer space.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (February 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457516918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457516917
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,504,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing style, overall, is unique and riveting. The main character is self-deprecating at times, always blunt and honest, and occasionally defensive in a very human sort of way. Which is a long way of saying it was very easy to connect to and relate with him. The writing itself is beautiful. The descriptions are simple, but clear enough to give the reader a solid image of what is going on. One of the charms of this story is the fact that the sci-fi elements are so simple and clean cut. Will Meyerhofer doesn't spend any time dealing with extraneous worlds or politics, other than to give humorous details about different cultures or to explain how they connect to the characters on a personal basis. He paints the different worlds with confident and clean brush strokes and it serves his story very well. It's a bit absurdist and mostly a vessel for the author to give colorful insights and observations into human society and behavior. Enter The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the whale and bowl of petunias colliding with the planet's surface. This is an excellent blend of romance, humor, and a smattering of science fiction--it's funny, it's ridiculous, but it comes with a lot of heart and soul and humanity as well.
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Will Meyerhofer's foray into fiction, not surprisingly, is not like any of his previous books on the legal industry and the lives of lawyers. A light read, once you get beyond the science fiction trappings you realize it's an intelligent commentary on therapy, individuals, and most of all, communications whether amongst families or different species.
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Postmodern life is alienating. It alienates us from one another and, to the extent that our relations with others define us, from ourselves. Because we see ourselves as individuals in search of individuated meaning, we often seek personal fulfillment beyond family or community. Accordingly, we tend to wander, making us a nation of strangers. Paradoxically, when we don't know our neighbors, our fear of difference grows even as we seek to differ from another to be more authentic selves. Fear discourages community. Fear thwarts love.

Bad Therapist, Will Meyerhofer's first novel, meditates upon such issues of identity and love through a postmodern blending of reality, fiction, and science fiction. The result is a fanboy-fun, fantastical romance affording reflections upon who we are, who we love, and how we love. In it, Will Meyerhofer, a Manhattan psychotherapist, finds himself the social science subject and love interest of Sherwin, an alien from a highly-developed planet light years from Earth. Sherwin readily admits his love for Will, whose professional ethics forbid reciprocation. As a "bad therapist", Will romances and falls in love with Sherwin (all the probing is consensual), who, despite being an alien, suffers the same estrangement from his parents and his people so many humans suffer. He's an alienated alien. Will's entanglement with Sherwin occasions extended discourses upon cultural, sexual, and political identities and how they define romance. As part of this exploration, Meyerhofer discusses the practice of psychotherapy, which, for him, promotes self-knowledge (and therefore inner peace) by confronting truths about oneself one either hasn't acknowledged or doesn't want to.

This work is, as Meyerhofer describes it, "sui generis".
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Okay, so I didn't know what to expect when I picked this up. Judging by the graphic on the cover maybe some kind of Tween/Anime combo. But not two sentences in I realized that this was not at all what I was in for. Par science fiction, part self-help, part gay romance, this book is smart, witty and will teach you a lot about your therapist, whoever he or she may be. Turns out that therapists are people too, they slack off, look at the clock, and sometimes plain zone out while patients are talking. I like hearing about this kind of dysfunction because it makes me feel better about my own. But this book is also more than just an indulgence for the obsessively self-deprecating. The author invents a compelling and scientifically plausible world of science fiction, complete with fuzzy hamster-like martians who happen to be supremely intelligent, musings on the space-time continuum, and even a cameo by the Obamas. What more could you ask for? Supremely entertaining and unlike anything you've ever read.
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This book is a great read. Although it purports to be a sci-fi fantasy about a man who falls in love with a blue alien from outer space, the book seems to be much more of an autobiography of a New York therapist and his interesting observations after seeing a number of patients over the years. In many ways, Mr. Meyerhofer seems to be the patient in a therapy session, talking honestly and openly about his own feelings and experiences, both good and bad, with his patients and in his personal life. It is refreshing to read what it is like to be on the other side and made me appreciate what therapists go through in their profession. The writing is quick, nimble and witty, and you won't be disappointed. In the end, it really is a romance -- or about a therapist finding love -- and I couldn't help but feel good because of the optimism that emanates from the pages.
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