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The Gossamer Thread,
This review is from: The Gossamer Thread: My Life as a Psychotherapist (The Karnac Library) (Kindle Edition)
If you want to know what it is like to be a psychologist you could do worse than read this fascinating memoir. As the author himself says towards the end of the book – helping human being is a messy and complicated business and there is no guarantee of success. Even if you can agree with anyone, including the patient, on how to measure success in the first place.
The author writes in an interesting and never less than compassionate manner about his patients and also about his own successes and failures. He shows what it is like to try out a new type of therapy when none of the rules have been established. He emphasises that whatever helps people to live their lives how they want to without debilitating depression, anxiety or phobia is a good thing.
Reading this book made me realise that the human mind and human behaviour are ultimately so complex that psychology is still only scratching the surface. Trying to help another human being understand their problems must always be a worthwhile job but it is one fraught with pitfalls and a false step can have devastating consequences. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychology or self help.
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2014 18:03:04 GMT
Lady Fancifull says:
Oh dear, thanks Damaskcat, bought and downloaded, just when I said to myself NO MORE till the TBR pile reduces. But this does look like something I would definitely enjoy as I read quite a lot of book in this territory - and from the look inside, he writes well. I particularly liked the punchline on the Circle Line story in the preface!
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2014 08:38:49 GMT
He does write well and yes I loved that too which was why I bought the book :-)
I know that feeling about the TBR pile.
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