Tales from the Couch

A Clinical Psychologist's True Stories of Psychopathology
Narrated by: Bob Reed
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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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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Interesting Case Studies

Narration: Narrator speaks too fast...somewhat difficult to keep up with explanation subtitles.

Content: Good selection of prototypical cases representative of a variety of afflictions. Sensible advice.

Although narration is a bit hurried and a little difficult to follow, this audio is informative and warrants purchase.

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Just amazing, will keep you riveted.

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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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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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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What made the experience of listening to Tales from the Couch the most enjoyable?

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.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

Multiple Personality was my favorite chapter. I think so because I have known someone that had MPD and switched between 6 or so personalities.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic book and I plan to tell my other classmates how informative and supportive it was for me.

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presumptuous and condescending

interesting at times, with potentially fascinating stories, the author's pessimism and and sarcasm are disappointing

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-19

Too fast

Narrator speaks too fast. A lot of information in just a couple of sentences means it’s hard to keep up and maintain concentration. Some interesting studies covered with very simplistic explanations of disorders.

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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.