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Hatching Charlie: A Quest for Happiness and Meaning

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McCormack was asked two questions by his children that unerringly targeted issues he had struggled with his entire life: "Who are you?" and "What is life about?" Hatching Charlie, his attempt to respond, rocketed him down a wormhole through time, his past made present. He re-lives the disruptions of military family life, family violence, the racism of the Jim Crowe South, ...more
Kindle Edition, 2, 336 pages
Published April 30th 2018 by Self (first published December 17th 2016)
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Michelle
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, i-own-a-copy
Written by Charles McCormack, “Hatching Carlie: A Psychotherapist Tale” is a thoughtful engaging memoir of the life and times of a deeply caring and compassionate healer/therapist. In 1974, Charlie accepted a volunteer position at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Baltimore, MD. (est.1853-). This hospital was recognized as the oldest more advanced psychiatric treatment hospitals in the nation. With no experience, and marginal college success, Charlie discovered his true calling working with troubled and ...more
J.P. Willson
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I knew I would enjoy simply from the title alone. Even considering I had no idea of what the content would be yet, before reading the excerpt, simply from the title alone I was aware I would gain inspiration from this book.
And this I certainly did, much much more than I could have ever imagined.
This is a wonderfully presented autobiographical account of a mans life from every possible angle one can imagine. Good bad and just plain middle of the road stuff that each and every perso
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Fran
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist's Tale

Sometimes when you look at your reflection in a mirror you see someone that is wonderful, successful or perfect in your own eyes. But, what is hidden behind your eyes, the fear, the anger, the torment is never truly revealed unless you look deeper, longer and see what’s hiding behind your lack of expression, your glaring eyes as they begin to recall your childhood torments, lack of accomplishments growing up, unrest caused by a tyrannical and abusive par
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Neil Carstairs
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hatching Charlie is at times a very interesting read, this comes from the engaging way that the author gives voice to his personal history, struggles and successes. It needs to be an honest approach, otherwise it will fail on all fronts. The reader must understand where Charles C McCormack has come from; this includes sometimes difficult to read passages on family life (particularly the young Charlie’s relationship with his father), life in 1950s USA with its racial segregation and subsequent li ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Intriguing, Powerful, Insightful, Compelling, Fantastic Read! I Loved It!
Alan
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
i won this book recently in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This was interesting and something totally different from what I usually read. I rarely write what a book is about for fear of spoiling for others, but I do recommend.
Fran

Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist's Tale

Sometimes when you look at your reflection in a mirror you see someone that is wonderful, successful or perfect in your own eyes. But, what is hidden behind your eyes, the fear, the anger, the torment is never truly revealed unless you look deeper, longer and see what’s hiding behind your lack of expression, your glaring eyes as they begin to recall your childhood torments, lack of accomplishments growing up, unrest caused by a tyrannical and abusive par
...more
Charles McCormack
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever wanted to read someone's diary, be a fly on the wall during a private exchange, or wondered what someone, possibly your therapist, really, really thinks then Hatching Charlie will roundly satisfy that curiosity. It's a fascinating read if you just leave it at that, but, in doing so, you'd miss a rare invitation to be guided through elements of your own personal story on a parallel plane.
This book will take you on the life trajectory of one talented psychotherapist, who with cando
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Charles McCormack
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"Hatching Charlie: A Quest for Happiness and Meaning" is the 2nd edition of "Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist's Tale." This edition is over 40,000 words shorter, and some stories have been added, while others have been taken away. Almost every remaining sentence has been rewritten. All this has been in response to my reviewers' comments and my feeling that the first edition did not meet my own ambitions for conveying clearly, powerfully, and without redundancy that which I wished to convey. T ...more
Catherine
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting memoir giving insight into life's realities. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
Wayne Kigerl
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Climb aboard Charlie’s magical couch—have a beer, probably Freudian Stout—and enjoy the psychoanalytical ride of your life. Lay back and get into his mind; meet his wives, lovers, friends, co-workers, demons, children, and peers; share his accomplishments and failures; hopes and fears: a story of pain, joy, and self-discovery that unfolds with a clarity that few can match. Perhaps he should be committed.

No, that is the sort of joke only a friend can make. We were lifeguards together on a Marylan
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Dominique Kyle
It was the title of this book that caught my eye – ‘Hatching Charlie’. Either this was a book about animal psychology (along the lines of Konrad Lorenz who allowed a nest of hatching goslings imprint on him and had to spend weeks waddling along in a crouching position at their head to enable them to grow up!) or, more likely given the picture on the front of a man and a baby – a human psychology book. Either way, the title had me hooked already.
At the present moment, I am locked in a very small
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Jacques McCormack
Full disclosure. I am Jacques, Charlie’s slightly older brother referred to glowingly, and sometimes not so glowingly, in portions of his work.

Having finished “Hatching Charlie” and having put it down, I had the undeniable sensation that somehow that nemesis of my youth had had me miniaturized and placed on his shoulder and, following that, had the audacity to suggest that we set out together to reconnoiter his life experiences. Frankly, not an overly compelling proposition. We had, after all,
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J.B. Trepagnier
This is overall, a good tale about overcoming a hard childhood that ranged from an abusive father and never putting down roots from moving around often and eventually finding your place in the world and your own happiness. You read the author's struggles from boyhood to adulthood, finding relationships, ending relationships, and having children.

I think the one thing that turned me off a little was some of the racial language in the book early on. Words like coloreds get used often and the N word
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Erin Daniels
I wanted to love this book but couldn't completely get on board with some of tbe author's choices. I found the racial slurs to be very offensive and I am not sure why the author didn't take this into account. I understand that a memoire requires you to tell the unfiltered truth about the past, even when it's unpleasant, but the author is writing in the present day and some of his language was his own and not quotes from other people. To come across these slurs was shocking, disheartening and too ...more
Wendy
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Shelves: memoir
A fascinating memoir which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is “Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist’s Tale” which traces Charles C. MacCormack’s journey from the “scars and challenges” of his youth through his struggle to find love in his personal relationships as an adult, to his enlightenment and purpose in a career as a psychotherapist.

Divided into four parts from the factors that contributed to his darkness, confusion and despair in his youth; to making sense of them; hatching from his past
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Justin Hartsell
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll start off by saying I know the man behind the book. Although, not as much as I thought I did after completing it. This is an interesting look into the life and mind of Charles McCormack; and it's one that I found myself wanting to read (or listen, as I used mostly the audio book) "just a bit more" because it was so engaging. It evokes a myriad of emotions that most people, on some level I believe, can relate to. You may not have lived through what he has, but the book is put forth in a way ...more
Nora
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic story of coming into oneself where the sheer force of authenticity and honesty shatters all hiding places. Reading “Hatching Charlie” brought me to the edge of the storm. My congratulations and love to Charles McCormack for his perseverance, tenacity and fine, fine authentic work. What a weighted puzzle, what a multi-headed monster, an endless confronting and grappling, which he tells us all about in such fabulously clear and uncompromised language. Thanks a whole lot.
Salla (Books Told Me So)
A great read for people liking psychology and the human mind. Unfortunately, the author's narrating was too dominant and the book felt like a 450-page monologue.

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Diane Pomerantz
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“If my devils are to leave me, I am afraid my angels will take flight as well” Rilke
By Diane Pomerantz, PhD on January 27, 2017

While with these words, the poet Rilke rejected psychoanalysis, Charles McCormack does the opposite. In his memoir, Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist's Tale, the author, from an insight-oriented perspective, with skill and nuance, demonstrates how his angels and his devils are inextricably interwoven.

Throughout this deeply resonating work, the author demonstrates with
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Charles C. McCormack, MA, MSW, LCSW-C holds masters degrees in psychology and in clinical social work. Over the past forty-plus years, he has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings and was the Senior Social Worker of Long-Term Inpatient Services at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. Mr. McCormack has presented numerous papers and workshops in the United States and Canada on the treatment o ...more