The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us about Human Behavior

The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us about Human Behavior

The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us about Human Behavior

The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us about Human Behavior

Synopsis

A wife pretends to hang herself in the basement so she can time how long it will be before her husband comes to rescue her....a woman whose dead aunt was made into a mummy so the family could better grieve her passing and on occasion dine with her at family gatherings... a man wants his nose cut off to escape an annoying smell that haunts him... a teenage boy would only come to therapy if he could bring his pet snake

These and other fascinating and revealing stories are told by some of the most famous therapists in the world. Collected in this extraordinary book, well known practitioners recount the most memorable case histories of their illustrious careers. Engaging and surprising stories of human behavior are dramatically and often humorously portrayed. Each chapter gives a behind-the-scenes look at how therapists work with clients whose problems and behaviors aren't found in standard psychology textbooks. The book also shows how these eminent therapists often cure these apparently intractable problems and learn something about themselves in the process.

Excerpt

The examining room was empty except for two chairs and a desk. There was a sink off in the corner, a vestige of the days when this part of the hospital housed medical cases rather than an outpatient psychiatric clinic. I was an eager doctoral student, preparing to begin the first day of my internship.

I was more than a little nervous about greeting my first patient. Although I had been working as a counselor for a few years, my clients had been mostly young children and college students. Now I was about to begin working with folks who had considerably more severe problems.

I could hear my patient being escorted into the examining room before I could see him. He made some sort of jangling sound as he walked, almost as though he were in chains. It turned out that I wasn't far wrong: his neck and wrists were encircled by strands of beads and chains, dozens of them.

I took a deep breath and prepared to hear the story of my very first patient. This was the beginning of my new career, and I was . . .

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