A fast-paced, incisive book about eight fascinating "characters," Dr. Conigliaro's patients. The word "characters" is appropriate: all eight suffered from a "character neurosis," a malady making them "characters." For better, it made them interesting, attractive, intriguing; and for worse, it caused them much suffering. This book also discusses at length the advisability, appropriateness and timing of psychotherapists' sharing personal data about themselves with their patients, and the important differences between sharing impelled by unconscious countertransference and sharing induced by conscious resonances. A rich bibliography completes a book valuable to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and lay people.