Letters to a Young Therapist: Stories of Hope and Healingby Mary Pipher
Pub. Date: 07/19/2003
Publisher: Basic Books
Mary Pipher's groundbreaking investigation of America's "girl-poisoning culture," Reviving Ophelia, has sold nearly two million copies and established its author as one of the nation's foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in thirty years as a therapist, helping warring families,/i>/i>
Mary Pipher's groundbreaking investigation of America's "girl-poisoning culture," Reviving Ophelia, has sold nearly two million copies and established its author as one of the nation's foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in thirty years as a therapist, helping warring families, alienated adolescents, and harried professionals restore peace and beauty to their lives. Letters to a Young Therapist gives voice to her practice with an exhilarating mix of storytelling and sharp-eyed observation. And while her letters are addressed to an imagined young therapist, every one of us can take something away from them. Long before "positive psychology" became a buzzword, Dr. Pipher practiced a refreshingly inventive therapy--fiercely optimistic, free of dogma or psychobabble, and laced with generous warmth and practical common sense. But not until now has this gifted healer described her unique perspective on how therapy can help us revitalize our emotional landscape in an increasingly stressful world. Whether she's recommending daily swims for a sluggish teenager, encouraging a timid husband to become bolder, or simply bearing witness to a bereaved parent's sorrow, Dr. Pipher's compassion and insight shine from every page of this thoughtful and engaging book.
- Basic Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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I absolutely loved Pipher's 'Reviving Ophelia', so when I saw 'Letters to a Young Therapist' at my college bookstore, I immediatly checked it out at the local library. The book is just amazing. The case studies are so interesting, but they are presented in a down-to-earth way. There is no psychological lingo. The whole book is in the form of letters written to Pipher's favorite graduate student. The quotes that Pipher uses are outstanding.
A highlight in my life was meeting Mary Pipher at a lecture in Pasadena several years ago. She spoke the simple truth of how our society has turned into a 'hotel society' (where the doors go slam-click, and no one ventures outside to meet their neighbors anymore) instead of the 'communtiy society' that she grew up with in the 50's, where directions were given by whose farm you drove by, etc. and your neighbors would report to your parents if they knew you were misbehaving. There was a sense of a 'village' that cared about their youth. I can tell you that this lady is 100% authentic, full of love and optimism in the human race. There is something about being around her, or reading her books, that engenders acceptance, grace, and a certain warmth, and that extends to all people she meets. She inspires us to try living in a more connected way with others. Reading this book underscores our complexity as humans, the need for acceptance of our human foibles, and that most are truly doing the best we can, in a society that never slows down. Please read this book to restore your faith in the goodness in people, and the healing which occurs in relationship to others, never in a vacuum.
This book is not only fabulously written, but it is a beautiful web of stories offering hope and inspiration, tears and giggles and a guide-to-life. Pipher is an incredible woman. By honestly and wholeheartedly opening herself and revealing her vulnerabilities she helps many people. In this book she offers those widsoms to a young student whom she mentors. This book should be required reading for life on earth - it reminded me to smell flowers, enjoy birds flying overhead, give a hug and not be afraid to be honest, think of my own needs and to be open to change, love and life. All this is the basis for her being able to help others.