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Lying on the Couch by Irvin D. Yalom
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Oct 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

I loved his take on psychoanalysis from both the patient's view and the analyst's view. I thought the "twist" (I won't give it away) was both clever and believable. My favorite quote which I'll post in my notes was:

[the analyst character Seymour Trotter says:]
Ever think about the fact that it's easier to make a diagnosis the first time you see a patient and that it gets harder the better you know the patient? Ask any experienced therapist in private--they'll tell you the same thing! In other words, certainty is inversely proportional to knowledge."

I would say this is just as true of experience in general. 3/09

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