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From the Inside Out: New Insights

Where we are

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Darkness Visible: How we can see what they see

In Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness William Styron writes lyrically and hauntingly about his descent into depression. He writes the book having emerged from depression, recounting his experiences, piecing together the fragments of his puzzle that may have served as warnings that something in his mind was amiss. In stepping into the void that is depression, Stryon then writes of his relation to the world, the muddled, muddied lens through which he now perceived, only to realize in an instant, that something had to change.
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The Folly of Examining Life Rationally: The Fantastical Narrative Within Us All

“Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.”

- Albert Einstein, genius

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Psychodrama in the Archives

In the Freud Archives is famous in the journalistic community both for its quality as a piece of careful, investigative reporting and storytelling, but also for the controversy it caused after its publication: the main subject of the piece, Jeffrey Masson, sued the author Janet Malcolm, claiming she made up certain quotes attributed to him in the work. Still, for a reader interested in the life of the mind, Archives is even more powerful as a carefully crafted set of two tales, each one a parable of the other. In the forefront is the story of the meteoric rise and fall of young Freud scholar and analyst Masson at the hands of revered analyst K.R. Eissler. In the background

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Truth and Reality

Why must there be a distinction between truth and falsity, reality and fantasy, or as Harry Frankfurt puts it, between truth and bullshit? I do not argue that one must accept the notion of a single external reality that everyone participates in order to discuss mental health, I argue that one must accept that notion to discuss anything at all. Correspondence theory of truth, where terms and their definitions are attempts at pointing to things that exist outside of us (facts) in an external reality, is the only way we can speak to one another with a shared vocabulary. The term corresponds to the objective reality. What form the term/sign takes is

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The Schopenhauer Cure

Julia Lewis    
12/17/2008
Book Commentary

The Schopenhauer Cure by Irving D. Yalom, chronicles the extraordinary last year of a therapy group.  Descriptions of the therapy sessions form a significant portion of the novel, complete with copious amounts of dialogue between group members.  These interactions are reported to the reader by the therapist, Julius Hertzfeld.  It is fascinating as the reader to witness the thoughts of therapist and consider how his own conscious and unconscious are responding to the patient. 

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Girl, Interrupted - Book Commentary

For my book commentary I read Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen. The book is about Susanna Kaysen when she was eighteen years old, and institutionalized, and spans to her life after the institution. She recounts how she got to the institution, what it was like in the institution, and reveals her thoughts about the world and various theories. The book portrays vivid portraits of the world she enters, and of the world she left. Kaysen is clear and precise, making the reader question what the difference is between the “sane” and the “insane”, between her and you?
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Book Review: Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders

 

Aaron T. Beck, the founder of modern cognitive therapy, in his book Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders, provides a clear and concise portrait of what cognitive therapy is, where and when it can be useful, and its relationship to other forms of psychotherapy. Devotion to common sense is the common vein that runs throughout the book. This lends credibility and coherenceto Beck's argument in support of cognitive therapy as the most appropriate form of psychotherapy in dealing with pure emotional disorders.

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