The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy

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Beacon Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Psychology - 276 pages
"The Thief of Happiness is the story of a seven-year therapy between the author and the mysterious Dr. Harriet Sing - a therapy that was part cult of two, part enchantment, and part love story. It began with writer's block: Friedman had just signed a contract to write a book about the emotional issues that plague writers when she found herself utterly and ironically unable to write. As though there really were magic at the heart of the therapeutic relationship, Friedman's block disappeared within two weeks of starting therapy. But then things got strange. Once-beloved friends seemed so monstrous that she was terrified to see them. Her sister - once inspiring and original - now appeared smugly domineering." "Friedman's quest to understand her seemingly arbitrary and absolute moods, her feeling of invisibility, and the emotional legacy of having grown up with a depressed parent speaks to aspects of women's lives that our current emphasis on depression doesn't address. In an age when the great and subtle gifts of therapy are downplayed in favor of psychopharmacology, Friedman has written the most detailed and vivid portrayal yet of what actually goes on between therapist and patient. The result, a work of astonishing beauty and precision, is a compelling portrait of how personal change actually happens, what good psychotherapy is like, and the sometimes sticky difficulties of leaving therapy."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This eloquent, stream-of-consciousness case study of psychotherapy entangles the reader from the first page. A patient in therapy for seven years, Friedman (Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction ... Read full review


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