The Therapeutic Narrative: Fictional Relationships and the Process of Psychological Change


How do people change? Longing for personal growth and transformation is a central theme of our time. In psychotherapy we work to change the dynamics behind people's symptoms and conflicts. Writers, too, are fascinated by this theme, and have explored it frequently in their stories and characters. In this volume, Barbara and Richard Almond, both psychoanalysts, explore a variety of novels that describe internal, personal change. They discover that there are fascinating parallels between the processes that lead to change in literary characters and the mechanisms observed in psychotherapeutic change.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1996


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