A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Soars into sublime meditation...what makes this book so extraordinary is her willingness to reveal exactlty what goes on in the sometimes mysterious encounter between therapist and patient."—The Los Angeles Times.

Case study of a therapist whose work w/a patient uncovers similarities w/her own condition, requiring therapy for her.

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A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy

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Overview

"Soars into sublime meditation...what makes this book so extraordinary is her willingness to reveal exactlty what goes on in the sometimes mysterious encounter between therapist and patient."—The Los Angeles Times.

Case study of a therapist whose work w/a patient uncovers similarities w/her own condition, requiring therapy for her.

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Editorial Reviews

Whitney Scott
Rogers pulls us with disarming directness into her treatment, during her psychiatric internship, of a severely traumatized five-year-old boy. The touching appeal of the interactions between them then propel us into the frightening core of Rogers' book--her own rapid decline into psychosis and institutionalization. This was triggered by the child's expression of his horrifying fears and her own initial therapist's rejection of her. Only the ministrations of a second unusually gifted psychoanalyst helped Rogers reassemble her shattered psyche. The multifaceted, two-way healing that occurred between the young intern struggling for emotional truth and the "untreatable" child finally enabled Rogers to recall the searing pain and frustration she experienced and challenge some of modern psychotherapy's basic tenets. Although mostly straightforward enough, Rogers leaves curiously unexamined the aborted relationship with her first, rejecting therapist, which makes her account jarringly incomplete despite its overall mesmerizing force.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440621093
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 248,680
  • File size: 444 KB

Table of Contents

A Shining Affliction I. The Other Side Of Silence

II. Silence

III. Messenger

IV. Epilogue

Afterword

Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Must read

    The traumatic experience of bad therapy and the dark, painful ways it affects peoples lives. Be prepared to be moved by the author's experiences.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

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    The traumatic experience

    Two people's lives, each twisted by experiences that send them spiraling out of control. One is trying to provide therapy to the other while simutaneously recieving her own therapy from an inept and abusive therapist. The overwhelming power of trauma is unfolded before you. A powerful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Outstanding!

    An amazing book! Incredibly insightful... An outstanding resource for those harmed by the therapuetic process. Finally, someone that addresses the importance of managing the two sides of any therapuetic relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    Trauma and Healing and Therapy

    A complete measure of good and bad therapy. You won't be able to stop reading this book once you've started. Rogers is an excellent writer and therapist and takes us into the world of therapy and into her mind as she experiences her own psychotic breakdown. We learn the power of therapy as a healing tool when in the hands of a caring professional and also what happens when a therapist abuses her power and causes severe psychological damage. Along with this there is also Rogers' own wonderful and detailed account of her treatment of a five year old patient named Ben whose short life has been filled with traumatic experiences that tear at your heart. Annie and Ben are simply amazing together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    A must read for therapists

    This book is a must read for therapists. The author presents an honest portrayal of abuse of power in the therapeutic relationship. Excellent read!! Honest and thought provoking.

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