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This book is for whoever want to read stuff on the subway. It does not explain how therapy works, nor does it detail any of the patient's or her own experiences enough to keep me reading. I was expecting much more, but that very well might my problem. Stopped reading midway so maybe it gets better? Idon't understand the hype around it.
I can’t figure it out. This book about bored me to tears. Parts of it were funny, or sad, or otherwise engaging. But so much of it was boring, repetitive, and strange. It felt like the author was just writing down all her feelings about therapy, then instructing us readers on what all the various terms mean. Zzzzzz.
I have no idea why this book has been receiving the accolades it has. Our book club picked this book based on its reviews, etc. What a let down. The author is writing about a time in her life when she needed to go to a therapist and how he and her patients helped her move forward. The funny thing? EVERYTHING that this therapist describes as the issues with her patients, are things she has done and it takes her long time to see this...so how good a therapist is she? Classic example of do as I say, not as I do. She wants to be a mom and goes to a sperm bank to get pregnant. Then, she talks about rushing home to put said wanted child into bed........so, really, you want to be a mom yet you are gone from your child a lot? Complains about having to be the sole breadwinner in the family.......did she not think about this prior to getting pregnant? She is a therapist!! She brings a boyfriend into her sons life for 2 years hoping for marriage and the breakdown of that relationship is what drives her to therapy........but you can she the adverse impact that breakup has on her child and she blithely states he will be ok. I found the author to be very whiny, self absorbed and seriously a bad therapist. Please don't waste your money on this unless you like books about someone over dramatizing an event in their life to the point where she needs to write about it. And she throws in pages and pages of medical definistions on behavior, etc. Is this a textbook? SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!
People who go to therapy should have privacy, this author who became a therapist as a second career, could have written a memoir leaving out the therapist part, I just don't understand why this book even exists, I thought it would have more substance for those of us who haven't gone to therapy yet, but no thank you, I'll deal with my issues the way I always have, with people I trust
If you enjoyed your psychology textbook from college this book is for you. There's pages on pages of explanations about psychotherapy and feelings and the rules of therapy. I found it boring, not at all entertaining and much too long. And nothing really happens in the book. I skimmed the end chapters so as not to have to read another detailed explanation about therapy thinking there would be some event or big reveal. There is not. It was just plain boring. I must have a different sense of humor than the readers who thought it was funny. I didn't crack a smile. I must need therapy.
I was reading this book and about 50% of the way through, she talks about her therapist and how she googled him and his mom and put his story in the book. Which rubbed me the wrong way because that's a huge invasion of privacy. It just threw me out of the book and made me put it down.
There are real moments of good advice and things my own therapist has told me over the years, but if I knew my therapist did that, I would dump them. I knew it would be about her patients lives, but rewritten a bit, but that section was just a big old creep fess to me.
The other reviews about how this person has all these privileges' and throws them in the toilet are also correct. She spends a lot of time in her own misery. I'm not sure if she was going for a theme, but it is very miserable to hear her talk about her own life and struggles when we want to hear about her viewpoint and stories about her patients. That was kinda what the book was advertised for.
I wanted to like this but I couldn’t even finish it. I gave up about halfway through.
I will say I am not a big nonfiction reader. I expected this to be more about mental health but it was more like I was listening to a therapists random thoughts about everything. When I say everything I mean everything. I found myself wondering if her thoughts were actually going somewhere or if there was a meaningful point but didn’t I couldn’t find one.