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A wife pretends to hang herself in the basement so she can time how long it will be before her husband comes to rescue her...a woman whose dead aunt was made into a mummy so the family could better grieve her passing and on occasion dine with her at family gatherings...a man wants his nose cut off to escape an annoying smell that haunts him...a teenage boy would only come to therapy if he could bring his pet snake.

These and other fascinating and revealing stories are told by some of the most famous therapists in the world. Collected in this extraordinary book, well-known practitioners recount the most memorable case histories of their illustrious careers. Engaging and surprising stories of human behavior are dramatically and often humorously portrayed. Each chapter gives a behind-the-scenes look at how therapists work with clients whose problems and behaviors aren't found in standard psychology textbooks. The book also shows how these eminent therapists often cure these apparently intractable problems and learn something about themselves in the process.

©2003 Jefrey A. Kottler and Jon Carlson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Karen
  • 03-04-2013

Revealing, Sad, Funny...altogether Fascinating

The personal accounts of patients' psychological challenges recounted here are truly unique and fascinating. What sets this apart from other POV accounts of psychology is that we see the illness from both patient and therapist perspectives. This allows the listener/reader to better understand the illness and treatment.

The illnesses recounted and the patients' telling of how these came about and progressed is something not often presented in other works of this particular sub-genre with such clarity and grace.

Well researched and written, this title is worth listening to. You'll find yourself drawn into the cases and finding an understanding and sympathy for these patients. There is a lot of humour to be found here, but it is never presented at the expense of the patient. Kudos to the authors for that!

The performance leaves something to be desired...a bit to light, for my taste...but not enough to keep you from listening.

This is not a title that may jump up and grab your attention, but it's certainly a nice surprise if you do!

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  • Bob Byrne
  • 18-04-2017

Salacious and with no insight

What disappointed you about The Mummy at the Dining Room Table?

This book offers very little insight. It is nothing more than a collection of juicy, gossipy stories. Little cohesion between any.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2018

Enriching and interesting.

The bookvwas written in stories so the reader didnt have to read continuously. The book was written in humane, understanding way and the author was avle to present professionals work to general population. All in all i enjoyed reading this book.

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  • Molly Campbell
  • 07-09-2018

waste of time and money.

the narrator shouldn't be showed to do accents. the writers shouldn't claim to be quoting real people if they themselves haven't interviewed them. the "conversations" were contrived and every point of view was obviously written in the voice of the writers. I can't even finish the book.

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  • Carioquinha17
  • 03-10-2016

Extremely entertaining and shocking at the same time.

This is by far one of the best books I’ve ever come across because it’s full of surprising cases that will make your brain crazy with “OMG! Why?”. For people who love psychology and unusual stuff, this book is an orgasm!

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  • Kathystorer
  • 03-01-2017

like looking into the serial side of the human min

each story will have you feeling happy. sad or just shocked
at must read for all whom are interested in the human mind

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