Lying on the Couch: A Novel

by IRVIN D. YALOM | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060928514 Global Overview for this book
Registered by spfldjohn of Springfield, Massachusetts USA on 5/14/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by spfldjohn from Springfield, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, May 14, 2011
I got this bokk at The Book Thing in Baltimore. This is a psychological thriller according to the reviews and it sounds good.

Journal Entry 2 by spfldjohn at Springfield, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, June 04, 2011
This is a very good book about psychiatry, analysis and therapy. There are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and I think any therapist or anyone who has been in therapy will find it interesting.

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Journal Entry 4 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, October 17, 2011
Chose this out of the fiction book box.

Journal Entry 5 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, December 11, 2017
It paints a fairly disgusting picture of psychoanalysis and many of its practitioners with disagreements turning into schisms, jealousies, revenge, aggressive posturing, ambition, greed and unethical treatments and abuses of the patient/practitioner relationship. I guess you could say it puts a human face on both patients and practitioners.
It also shows an incredible naivete on the part of practitioners; don't they research their clients beforehand? Maybe not in the 1990's when the book was published, but I'd imagine now that a potential client is researched before the practitioner takes them on.
The main story is about a therapist who takes a client who has no good intentions towards him. She is trying to seduce him in order to destroy him. Another therapist is being conned. Both therapists have to help their clients and deal with the temptations set in their paths.
The ending, although somewhat unrealistic, offered some redemption of both therapists and patients.
There are some really good thoughts and insights in the book. Here is one that I thought very true:

"Again and again, in his analytic work, he had noted his patients' extraordinary thirst for his attention--indeed, the need for an audience is a major unsung factor in prolonged interminal therapy. In work with his bereaved patients, he had often seen them fall into despair because they had lost their audience; their lives were no longer observed"

Journal Entry 6 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Little Free Library in Seattle, Washington USA on Sunday, January 28, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (1/28/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library in Seattle, Washington USA

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