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The Therapist's New Clothes Perfect Paperback – June 30, 2009
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An honest, highly intelligent, darkly ironic book about what it is like to sit in the therapist's chair. Judy's writing sings. --Alison Larkin, author of The English American
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Schwartz's pursuit of a tranquil psyche unfolds like a detective story, from New York to Chicago to Vermont and back and forth in time. The author moves deftly between early years and present-day life and provides an uncommon peek into the private worlds of therapy sessions and clinician training.
A "good patient" and a caring, astute beginning therapist, Schwartz understands the ins and outs of concepts like transference and projection. She clings to a personal narrative that includes guilt and parental blame for a case of childhood mumps that may that (or may not) have caused her brother's vision problems. Schwartz views emptiness and self-loathing, her constant companions, as "old" feelings dredged up in therapy, to be worked out in therapy - preventing her from realizing that the therapy itself has become addiction that is keeping her from discovering a better way.
We root for this intelligent, insightful woman to unlock the key to her misery and stop beating herself up, which she eventually does, sort of.Read more ›
So she switched careers. She tells her story in the first person. Along with her story of becoming a therapist, there's a parallel story: her own unresolved pain from her own past. So the two stories weave together. I found it hard to put down.
I highly recommend this well-written account. The author is brutally honest -- she shows how some therapists significantly set her back, while others helped -- but she's not on a "mission." Like any good writer, she lets the reader draw his or her own conclusions.
It's her story, and it's compelling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't necessarily agree with her view of therapy and it's outcome, but hey, if believing you are healed is part of the process, than she is there. Read morePublished 20 months ago by nom de plume
I'd been following the journey of Judith Schwartz's book for several months now, mainly because she used the Espresso Book Machine to publish it. Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by Shannon L. Yarbrough