Should you leave?

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Scribner, Sep 9, 1997 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
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A writer who presents his vast knowledge of psychiatry with the art of a novelist, Peter D. Kramer imagines scenarios in which he addresses a series of advice seekers. Each "session" not only reveals the various styles of giving advice - from Freudian psychoanalytic techniques to Ann Landers's application of conventional values - but probes the complexities of human relationships: How do we choose our partners? How well do we know them? How do mood states affect our assessment of them and theirs of us? When should we work to improve a relationship, and when should we walk away? What does "working on a relationship" entail? Kramer's questions lead to a reconsideration of our culture's norms - and to a suggestion that we may have begun to over-value autonomy and assertiveness at the cost of intimacy and connectedness.

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User Review  - JerryColonna - LibraryThing

Kramer is typically thought-provoking and challenging. In some ways, it's the anti-self help book....really trying to replicate the processes that unfold in therapy sessions, especially when clients ... Read full review

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User Review  - sblake - LibraryThing

This is one of the finest books on the reposnibility of the therapist to his patient, to his friends and to his or herself.Peter Kramer can be a bit strange at times but this book as well as Moments of Engagement is a modern classic Read full review


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