Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark

by Linda Caine, Robin Royston
     
 

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As a contented wife and mother, Linda Caine should have everything to live for. Yet a blackness has started to leak into her thoughts. Linda believes there is something malign inside her, and she often contemplates suicide. The raw and powerful journey Linda takes with her psychotherapist Robin Royston to discover what lies at the heart of her depression will

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As a contented wife and mother, Linda Caine should have everything to live for. Yet a blackness has started to leak into her thoughts. Linda believes there is something malign inside her, and she often contemplates suicide. The raw and powerful journey Linda takes with her psychotherapist Robin Royston to discover what lies at the heart of her depression will leave you shocked. The secrets in her African childhood and adolescence are buried so deep that revealing them may destroy her completely.

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A collaborative record of illness and recovery by an Englishwoman who suffered from severe depression and the psychotherapist who helped her get to the root of her distress. Caine, to outward appearances a happily married, financially secure wife and mother, first met Jungian psychotherapist Royston in early 1989, when she was referred to him after an alarming suicidal episode. Royston soon placed her in Ticehurst, a mental hospital near her home in Canterbury, to protect her from self-harm and to enable them to have longer sessions together. Both evidently took extensive notes during the years of her treatment, for their account is rather like a joint diary, with alternating passages by each. As a Jungian, Royston looks for clues in Caine's dreams and interprets them for her as she reveals them over the next couple of years. Caine leaves Ticehurst at various times, sometimes just for a weekend, sometimes for months, but her sessions with Royston do not end until late 1991. Puzzling, fragmentary memories come back to her, and the story of her life gradually unfolds. She was abandoned by her mother at an early age, subsequently raised by her father, suffered an unnecessary mastectomy at age 14, married an abusive man at 17, was widowed at 20, and raped in a particularly horrifying manner shortly afterward. Royston comes to suspect that Caine has been the victim of childhood sexual abuse, and in his mind her father is the prime suspect. When the identity of the dark, menacing stranger in her dreams and flashbacks eventually becomes clear, the doctor hopes that talking about them will release Caine from her misery. In the end, however, it is a group prayer session that rescues and transformsher. Whether her recovered memories are true cannot be known, but Caine clearly believes they are. The same may be said for Royston's dream interpretations. Psychology buffs will make of this what they will. Either way, it's an absorbing story and ought to make a chilling movie.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780552148696
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Linda Caine is an artist and calligrapher. Her work is in private collections in Africa, the Isle of Man, England and the United States. Robin Royston is a psychotherapist who specializes in childhood-based traumas.

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