WTF Moments In Psychotherapy: My 30 Years Of Practice Confronting The GODS of Absurdity, Fables, Fibs, Whoppers & Bullsh-t

Written by Jere Parker

Take a 30 year uncharted voyage through some of Jere’s most baffling, puzzling and down right quirky experiences in his three decades as a therapist. Meet, Sluggo & Sweetums, The Lady Medusa, The Kerosene Kid, Retread & The Messiah, Joe The Entertainer and many, many more.
George Carlin said, “you may have got the monkey off your back but that doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” I believe that statement represents many of the individuals addressed in my book. While many readers love the off-beat and cynical humor spread throughout the writings, a few of the readers will want to search for the instruction manual to reintroduce the fine art of tar and feathering the author.
The intent of the book is to allow laughter and some lightheartedness into people’s lives and into a field that is blanketed with shame, guilt, remorse and heartache. A field in which if you are not careful you’ll end up taking care of everyone but yourself. The book description is best stated and summed up by Erma Bombeck, when she said there exists a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.
Caution: The book is not meant as an instructional book teaching psychotherapy techniques, offering psychotherapy tools or psychotherapy approaches. I have other self-help or psychotherapy books that deal with emotions like anger control and the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). If a lesson is to be learned it’s -don’t take yourself or your work so seriously you block out humor in your life. So rather than controlling your emotions I’m asking you let go and enjoy a moment of laughter.
A few other comments describing the books characters referenced Charles Darwin stating that the stories may make you question Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and the Survival of the Fittest. The quirky cast of individuals doesn’t just include past clients but the author himself, after his return from, god only knows where, to somewhere close to normalcy. The author admits that he would have won the “Doofus Award”(given to the top jerk in therapy Doofdom) if someone other than himself had voted.
One therapist jokingly stated that the book could be referred to as “I’m Close To OK, You’re Most Likely Not.” rather than the best seller from the seventies, “I’m OK, You’re OK.”
The author’s mother even chimed in after reading the book from the hereafter, disavowing her part in her sons skewed and unrefined language and his tilted view of the world.

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