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Wisdom from the Couch: Knowing and Growing Yourself from the Inside Out Paperback – June 10, 2014
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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
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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
Top Customer Reviews
Nothing against Robbins, but it is refreshing to instead discover a book that challenges us to make peace with who we are… warts and all.
Dr. Kunst has written a wonderful book that weaves together psychoanalytic theory and spirituality in an easy to digest yet psychically challenging way.
I think "Wisdom from the Couch" should be required reading for newbies entering psychoanalysis (and even the expertly “shrinked”). It does a superb job synthesizing complex information for the reader to understand and yet provides enough detail to instigate re-reading the book several times.
Humorous personal anecdotes and enlightening stories intertwine with psychoanalytic principles to encourage us to live true to ourselves.
We learn how to embrace reality with all its complexity and contradiction. We do this with a dose of realism by focusing on what we have and not what is missing. We find peace with our inner conflicting states. And finally, we repeat the repair work of mature relationships that fill us with growth, gratitude and love.
Given the choice between walking across burning coals or a lifetime of small course corrections, I’d choose the latter. After reading this book, I’m confident you will too.
Ms. Kunst delivers her prose in a way that soothes and nurtures. We’re not only left knowing ourselves (and even others) better, but also loving ourselves in this moment for being the human creatures that we are. With this renewed insight to the human condition, we can face everything (even life’s next round of challenges) with gratitude. And this is true wisdom that one can carry into every situation life has to offer (whether on or off the couch).
As someone who is often wanting to be reminded that “everything’s okay,” I found a real sense of peace and solace in this book’s pages. After all, if I’m okay, you’re okay… And with this book, Ms. Kunst offers us a sure footed path to not only know that, but to embrace it.
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This is a book written to integrate with your life, not an isolated piece of your life. Teaches the reader to live wholeheartedly, with gratitude and integrity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet M. Kessler
As a graduate student who just started internship, I found this book very helpful. The book is written in a clear and understandable language with many tips and ideas. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author, through her warm voice, offers a very easy to approach foundation to understanding psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kiana
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 17 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 18 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 18 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 19 months ago by Mark McDonald, M.D.