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The Man Who Loved a Polar Bear and Other Psychotherapist's Tales [Paperback]

Robert U. Akeret
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30 Oct 1997
A collection of case studies by an eminent American psychologist who, nearing retirement, decided to track down his most memorable patients to see how they were faring fifteen to twenty five years later. The case studies form a meditation on the nature of analysis and the way we live our lives. Originally published in 1996.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140256172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140256178
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A psychoanalyst in his twilight years is compelled to find out how some of his favourite (and probably weirdest) patients have fared since they left therapy. Not surprisingly he discovers as much about himself as the patients. This moving thoughtful and often funny series of tales in the vein of Irvind D.Yaloms "Love's Executioner" shows how life is stranger than fiction. Akeret's consideration of the pitfalls and perils of therapy as well as the successes brings balance to the journey and gives the book an appeal to those who've never ventured near the dreaded couch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reality is stranger than fiction 30 May 2001
Picked up the book whilst doing a night duty, just for something to read! Couldn't put it down. Comical yet real; as the author learnt about himself so did I. Worth staying up all night just to read it!
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