Tales from the Couch is collection of actual case studies and a primer on psychopathology as well as a captivating reflection on the human condition. Drawn from Dr. Bob Wendorf's 36-year career as a clinical psychologist, the book examines the lives of some of his most troubled patients in a project that aims to both educate and fascinate the listener. Clinical syndromes are described and dramatized by real-life case examples (altered only as necessary to protect patient confidentiality). Each of the 16 chapters focuses on a particular psychiatric diagnosis, including multiple personality disorder, Asperger's, and ADD.
The clinical picture and symptoms are described and explained, then brought to life by case examples taken from the author's practice. Dr. Wendorf presents the cases as a series of narratives - some dramatic, some humorous, most quite poignant. Along the way, the author offers his own reactions to the people and events described here and application to the general human condition as well.
Tales from the Couch offers compelling stories of extraordinary people, clinical conditions, and events - both in and out of the therapy hour - while providing insights into the nature of human beings, mental illness, and the psychotherapeutic enterprise.
©2015 Bob Wendorf (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
This book is well written. I am in my second year of my masters in marriage and family therapy. It was fun to hear the stories as well as familiar terms from my education.
I took this as a text book as well as a story of expect the unexpected in my future career. The experience of this reading will have a large impact on how I see my clients as well as my future.
Multiple Personality was my favorite chapter. I think so because I have known someone that had MPD and switched between 6 or so personalities.
I found myself late to things because I did not wish to stop listening. I doubt that my professors would buy that as a reason for any late papers however.
Fantastic book and I plan to tell my other classmates how informative and supportive it was for me.
I loved this book, not only does the narrator make it easy to engage as the listener, also the writer makes it quirky and fun when you least expect and keeps you enthralled with his intense stories. This book will leave you wanting more and may convert some to the undeniably fascinating subject of psychology and the human brain.
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