Published in 2019 by Pan Macmillan Australia
Genre: Non Fiction, Society and Social Sciences, Self Help.
Page Count: 258
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Pan Macmillan Australia:
Review copy provided by the Publisher, Pan Macmillan Australia, in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
This was such a fascinating, thought provoking read! I was instantly drawn in to both the authors’ perspective, as well as the patient’s.
There were so many fascinaying character and case studies, such as the first patient, Meredith, who was struggling with her younger daughter’s temper tantrums, which were affecting not only her mentality, but also causing slight fractures in her marriage, with her husband berating their daughter for her childish antics. So yes, you could definitely say that from the first study, I was definitely feeling sympathy and sorry for the patients. We also had a couple of stories from patients where, in their parents eyes, they felt inadequate, and that had definitely transferred over to their adult life, even making them question their self worth in adult life and relationships.
Furthermore, it struck me as fascinating that I was able to see glimmers of myself, even scenarios featuring people I know, in these situations that were outlined in this book. I definitely think the authors did an amazing job, bringing these stories across the page, even though the people and discussions were in an essence, fictional, of course they were based upon truth, identities naturally hidden to preserve patient confidentiality.
I throughly enjoyed the structure of this book too, rather than just having everything presented as a long narrative, each person’s case study is initially presented before us, then we have sub sections I suppose, about a certain factor that may contribute to the person feeling how they are, perhaps followed by a second or third instance, and then several checklists about what is best to be done if the reader sees themselves reflected in these case studies, as well as the outcomes regarding the person’s mental health or even social situations which can be affected, as well as personal bonds being fractured, such as feeling inadequate in other people’s eyes.
As I was reading, I could clearly tell how not only the patients’ were affected by this book, but also the psychotherapists- they too, had to carefully monitor not only their patients, and of course they were affected by what was being confided to them, I mean, who wouldn’t be? I, as a reader and here as a reviewer, definitely only have the highest praise for both these medical professionals and just admire how they were able to get to the core of everything that had been bringing their patients close to breaking point, all whilst maintaining their professional demeanour, and not even once breaking composure! Definitely not something I could’ve done!
All in all, a highly profound and thought provoking read! I definitely recommend to everyone!
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