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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Oddly offensive

Detected racist language, *sad face*. I don’t really enjoy the author’s analysis honestly- the stories and his life are amazing, sure- however the part of the gangsters in the ghetto is what lost me.
I get others may love this audiobook, it may be their taste in language, the stories themselves are interesting and even the man himself graduated from my university- but still left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Extremely Outdated

If you are reading for entertainment, then this is a good book. If you are interested in psychology or someone in the field, this uses outdated concepts and unethical psychological practices..... I wouldn't recommend it as a model for anything except for tidbits of information, and maybe some examples of what not to do.

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What a horrible therapist

If I were to read this book before I found a really great therapist, I don’t think I would ever pursued or worked towards getting help. This therapist is a hack and a shame to the profession.

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Self-Important Drivel

Long ramblings of a psychologist with a savior complex who blurs client boundaries and seems to revel in the exploitation. Gross.

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terrible

offensive. I couldn't finish this terrible book. this therapist is a narcissist and im glad he's not my provider.

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Case study in how far *I hope* this field has come

The human stories are interesting, as is the glimpse into psychology 30 years ago. But, and it's a BIG but, I seriously hope no one is reading this for advice, compassion, and certainly not parenting or counseling guidance. The narration is great, I just wish the narrator was given a book written in an inclusive and trauma informed way.

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Outdated

It is interesting to hear about this therapists’ clients, but it’s disappointing to hear him use outdated, racist language and to hear him advocate for threatening children to be spanked with a switch as an intervention for a child’s bed wetting. It was at that point in the story that I had to stop listening.

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A Sad, Sad Excuse for a Therapist

I could not finish this book. It hurt my heart to think of this man's patients. He has no positive regard for them, little empathy, and no skill at all for helping them explore their pain and grow beyond it. I was shocked and sickened at the ways he dealt with people who came to him in need of help. In one case, he actually recommended that a mother deal with her troubled little boy by spanking him with a switch. In another case, he refers to a woman as the person from a previous chapter "who lost 100 pounds for me". WHAT? He thinks that was for HIM? No one needs such a patronizing, egotistical "therapist". I don't know if this man is still in practice, but he certainly shouldn't be. If you're looking for an account of a caring therapist leading his patients to healing, don't bother to read this book.

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So hard to listen to...

I couldn’t get past the first few stories of his time in residential. Trauma informed care must not have been implemented at the time this was written. Author talks about threatening to throw a kid through a window to gain his respect. Goes on to talk about how restraining clients gained their affection. I couldn’t go on reading.

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Author seems FOS

Author is rather dismissive and disrespectful of particular diagnosis. He acts like he’s an MD and a PhD when he is simply a PsyD with no hard sciences background.

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  • Rachel Wams
  • 06-04-21

shocking

As a psychology student this book shocked me, the author, actively promoting spanking for kids and calling an overweight man 'a pig' and apparently it is every middle aged man's dream to have an affair with a teenager !!! what the heck! I am appalled and disgusted...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-26-20

Enjoyed apart from.

Too much reference to how his female clients looked and the size of their breasts. It made for uncomfortable listening at times. He did not refer to his male clients in the same terms or comment on their looks in the same way.

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  • Konstantinos
  • 01-28-17

Funny but very simplistic.

Very simplistic. Read it for a funny, happy-ending Hollywood story. Not a psychology book That will teach or inform.

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  • Jamie Blakeway
  • 03-21-17

Better than I expected

I really enjoyed this book it was really interesting and got more interesting as it progressed. As an unexpected bonus I also self diagnosed my own disorder as a result of listening to it!

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  • Miss A A Bowers
  • 09-19-21

An interesting Psychologist's memoir

*Note I am reviewing the audio version of this book*

I really enjoyed the Tales from the Couch audiobook a lot. I wasn't sure when I first started listening as to how the format would be, whether it'd be more about Dr Bob's life or if it'd be centered around the patients he'd had.

The book tturned out to be a really interesting insight into a Psychologist's experience, but do bear in mind a lot of the patients' he refers to in his memoirs were treated I'm the 70's-90's which is important to remember when he comments upon mental health disorder names, general observations & treatments!

I also really enjoyed the format, where each chapter he focuses on a different conditions/ disorders eg: BPD, MPD, ADHD etc and despite being well educated on mental health & having been trained and personally knowing people with said disorders, I learnt some interesting facts & insights that I will take with me.

Narration was good & I somehow felt that it 'matched' what he'd sound like! Easy to listen to, interesting, humorous & well written would definitely suggest if this is an area of personal interest.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-21

Fantastic!!!!

Loved it, gave so much information on Multiple personal disorder that I had no idea on!

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  • Joshua Curzon
  • 08-05-21

Gripping and informative

Very informative, the author very clearly knows his stuff. It's fascinating to see the way these conditions work.

However, there is some content regarding sexual assault that I feel could have been flagged better.

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  • Birgit
  • 09-08-21

Great listen

What a treat this was - especially as it was free!! Thanks Audible! Interesting stories about a huge variety of different people with different problems and circumstances told with compassion and humour. It seemed a little dated - like it wasa written in the 90s - so I was quite surprised to see the 2015. Well read too.

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  • Kellie
  • 09-06-21

perverted and sensationalised

started well, a few interesting insights. But focused on the gory and dramatic, particularly with mpd section. Some very outdated attitudes, assumptions and quite misogynistic, belongs in the 70s.

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  • LouMoo
  • 08-03-21

I personally didn’t enjoy it that much

I listened to this out of interest, but found the narrator read too quickly and some of the stories really dragged. It was interesting in places but not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-21

Awful

As a Psychologist myself I felt myself feeling appalled at the attitude and narcissism of the author.
Could not finish it.

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  • Candice
  • 09-25-20

Enjoyed this book until the chapter about Aspergers

I really enjoyed the first part of this book however the discussion of Aspergers and Autism was painfully outdated and I couldnt continue listening.

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  • katrina
  • 06-29-20

very honest

very honest account.
I liked how it was non apologetic in it's directness, reiterating it's appropriateness for it's setting and timing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-19

enjoyable!

Very nice contents, interesting points of view and real stories. The book transports you to the exact picture of the situation and stimulates your imagination...specially the performance. A very vivid and energetic voice inviting you to be engaged until the end.

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  • wallis rose
  • 03-19-19

excellent and entertaining listen

great narration and a very interesting listen from a health professionals perspective. it's a must listen.