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on 10 January 2017
This is a perfect present for a psychologist - my daughter said it was her best Christmas present ... I dipped into it and found it very thoughtful. A lovely book.
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on 5 April 2018
Bought as a gift, she seemed to like it
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on 23 February 2017
I bought this for my daughter as she was studying psychology, she loved it.
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on 24 October 2013
The product was with me in a few days, excellent quality,
The product was as advertised in the description, very high quality, and would recommend this provider any day.

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on 13 August 2015
Love the character flow an easy read that held humorous aspect to the end Felt funny knowing pooh is the character milne had the insight
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on 19 August 2014
Thank you for the book. Very fast delivery and good quality. Highly recommended.
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on 17 October 2014
It's a book
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VINE VOICEon 10 May 2004
The more you know about psychological theories and Winnie-the-Pooh, the more you will enjoy this book. Dr. Williams blasts away with tongue-in-cheek satire aimed at the psychologist's belief that everything that is said, thought, dreamed, and done has many layers of significance. Unfortunately, that approach means that your enjoyment will be modest if your knowledge is correspondingly limited in either area. If you know little about psychology and have not read Winnie-the-Pooh, you may not get most of the humor in the book.
In Freud-like fashion, Dr. Williams begins by descrbing the case for Winnie-the-Pooh being a super psychologist. The thrust of this argument is that Winnie employs every method ever recommended by any psychologist or psychoanalyst somewhere in his fictional adventures. In fact, he often combines them in a single fictional encounter.
The book then recounts seven cases and Winnie's role in them.
Case 1 -- Pooh Cures Christopher Robin of Arktophobia (fear of bears)
Case 2 -- Pooh Assists Piglet to Mature
Case 3 -- Pooh at His Most Eclectic with Tigger
Case 4 -- The Problem with Rabbit
Case 5 -- Parenting: Kanga and Roo
Case 6 -- Wol's Problems with Communication
Case 7 -- Eeyore: A Case of Classical Depression
The cases are written up like Freud's with the exception that they are illustrated with many drawings from the original Pooh stories.
As an example of the approach, the book Winnie-the-Pooh opens with a reference to his living under the name of Sanders. That is never mentioned again. Dr. Williams provides a lengthy argument in favor of this meaning that Winnie-the-Pooh is describing himself as the Sand man, the bringer of dreams. This is an indication of his role as psychotherapist.
In the famous story where Winnie eats too much honey and cannot get out of the hole in the tree, Dr. Williams reinterprets this as Winnie-the-Pooh making an example of himself to discourage others from overeating rather than using aversion therapy on them.
To put this prescience into context, Dr. Williams points out that the Pooh stories date in the 1920s. In the text, he finds "frequent anticipation of theories and practices which more plodding psychologists arrived at much later."
I don't know about you, but I didn't think much about Jung when I read Winnie-the-Pooh. Obviously, the references were too subtle for me.
Those who have experienced psychotherapy will probably find humor in the observations made about Winnie-the-Pooh that they may have heard applied to themselves. Could the observations be equally apt?
This book is best enjoyed by a roaring fire on a cold night with a warmed snifter of brandy, and savored slowly.
After you have finished the book, you might consider the many instances where novels do show ways to solve psychological problems through their fictional developments. Could it be that we can use fiction to be our own therapist? Or, is someone else the therapist? If someone gave you the book, perhaps they are the therapist. If so, is the author the propounder of the theory . . . or is the character?
See the possibilities for humor in pomposity everywhere!
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on 25 January 2017
I had hoped for something a bit more entertaining. A bit on the heavy side for me
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on 9 November 2000
Those of us who enjoy the happy world of Pooh and the hundred acre wood have never realized that the peace and harmony that reigns is the work of Winnie the Pooh. Author John Tyerman Williams reveals that Winnie the Pooh is a Super-Psychotherapist. Quietly and unobtrusively, Pooh sorts out the problems of his friends, so that Piglet learns not to be timid - and eventually becomes a hero; xenophobic Rabbit learns to love strangers; Tigger learns social skills; and even Eeyore finds the way out of depression. This clever, witty book is a delight - and as a psychologist myself, I can confirm that Pooh's skills are properly based on theory, though certainly amazing!
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