Just Talk: Narratives of Psychotherapy Lilian R. Furst

ISBN: 9780813121130

Published: May 20th 1999

Hardcover

288 pages


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Just Talk: Narratives of Psychotherapy  by  Lilian R. Furst

Just Talk: Narratives of Psychotherapy by Lilian R. Furst
May 20th 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780813121130 | 6.70 Mb

While countless memoirs have been written about depression and therapy, no one has examined how the talking cure of psychotherapy is presented in novels and other works of literature. Beginning with an overview of the principles of psychotherapyMoreWhile countless memoirs have been written about depression and therapy, no one has examined how the talking cure of psychotherapy is presented in novels and other works of literature.

Beginning with an overview of the principles of psychotherapy and its growing use as a treatment for mental and emotional disorders, Lilian Furst addresses the patients view of the value of talk.Patients portrayals of psychotherapy in literary works range from serious to satirical and from comic to ironic, with some descriptions verging on the grotesque.

Furst identifies the overtalkers, undertalkers, and duet voices that shape the individual experiences of psychotherapy. While the voices of the overtalkers overwhelm those of their therapists, undertalkers are reluctant to express or acknowledge their feelings. Particularly revealing are the instances where patient and therapist provide separate but parallel renderings of the same therapy.Just Talk looks at a wide range of questions about psychotherapy.

Furst considers the patients first impressions of the therapist and how the patient is prompted to engage in talk. She looks for signs of self-deception or self-betrayal on the patients part and asks how the therapists behavior affects the patients responses and the ultimate outcome of the therapy.Furst examines such well-known works as Roths Portnoys Complaint, Plaths The Bell Jar, and Lodges Therapy, as well as lesser-known novels, to discuss how patients react to psychotherapy as a cure for mental and emotional disorders.

Her analysis of these narratives adds significantly to our understanding of the dynamic relationship between patient and therapist and reveals much about the healing process that is not addressed in technical casebooks.



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