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The Listener: A Psychoanalyst Examines His Life

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As a psychoanalyst, Alan Wheelis has helped many patients understand themselves and cope with the legacies of trauma or obsession that shape the neurotic personality. Here he uses his own life for the same process of discovery.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 30th 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published September 1st 1999)
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Jim
Apr 23, 2016 Jim rated it liked it
Subtitle: A Psychoanalyst Examines His Life

In this brooding memoir, an aging psychoanalyst looks back on his bleak formative years growing up in poverty in Texas during the 1920s. His father, a physician who was unable to sustain a practice because of bad health (tuberculosis), was bedridden throughout much of Wheelis's boyhood. He was a severe taskmaster, once making his son cut the grass in the yard with a razor, which took the entire summer to complete. Throughout these years, Wheelis's long-
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Carl
Mar 29, 2009 Carl rated it liked it
I found this book interesting...and also quite depressing. Wheelis is an aging psychiatrist who reflects on his very painful childhood including his abusive father and smothering mother. While he writes with vulnerability and some eloquence, his message of despair did not endear me to the work. (not that there's anything wrong with that).
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Jan 04, 2008 Tama rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: introspective people
I found out that Allen Wheelis died in the summer of 2007--I always thought of him after reading this,and several of his books,..he stays with you....
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