Category Archives: The Psychotherapy Relationship

Intolerance and Conformity

I always know when I’ve written something controversial when I receive a number of email un-subscriptions for my blog. I haven’t received one in many months, but this morning, in very short order I received five. As site visitor Lauren … Continue reading

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Constructing the Psychotherapy Narrative

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[THIS POST IS A BIT DIFFERENT FROM MY USUAL STYLE; IT'S ADAPTED FROM SOME IDEAS I'M EXPLORING IN MY NEW BOOK ABOUT NARCISSISM] At the beginning of our first session I ask MacKenzie, a 32-year-old single woman, what prompted her … Continue reading

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On Optimism

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Over the course of my practice, I’ve come to know a few men and women who emerged from families so toxic and dysfunctional that I often wondered how they managed to survive, emotionally speaking, and why they hadn’t long ago … Continue reading

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On Pessimism

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I haven’t been posting much lately because I’ve been focused on my book about narcissism, plus I just completed another article for The Atlantic, which you can find here. It’s about bullying as a kind of narcissistic behavior, linking the … Continue reading

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Joy in the Psychotherapy Relationship

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Naomi, one of my long-term clients and a therapist herself, has been talking in session lately about joy. The importance of joy in the mother-infant relationship, in adult romantic relationships, and in the relationship between therapist and client. Her ideas … Continue reading

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