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Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy
     

Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy

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by Annie G. Rogers
 

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In this brave, inconoclastic, and utterly unique book, a Harvard professor of human delvelopment and psychology chronicles her her personal drama as a young psychology intern assigned to treat a severely disturbed five-year-old boy. Powerful and poignant, A Shining Affliction is not only beautifully written story of a soul, but an important challenge to psychotherapy

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In this brave, inconoclastic, and utterly unique book, a Harvard professor of human delvelopment and psychology chronicles her her personal drama as a young psychology intern assigned to treat a severely disturbed five-year-old boy. Powerful and poignant, A Shining Affliction is not only beautifully written story of a soul, but an important challenge to psychotherapy as it is practiced today.

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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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ISBN-13:
9780670857272
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.11(d)

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A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.