Children of Psychiatrists And Other Psychotherapists

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Do psychotherapists' children live up to their popular reputation as "crazy" kids, and are they, as some studies claim, "stunted" or detached from reality because of their parents' profession? Worth reading if only for its wise observations about child-rearing and for its clarification of the differences between psychotherapy disciplines, this intriguing, well-written study by Maeder, himself the son of two therapists, author of Crimes and Medicine , etc., is based on interviews with many such parents, their children and child psychotherapists. He concentrates on the unfavorable effects of the psychiatric profession on parentage, attributing them primarily to character flaws or emotional problems which, he charges, often lead to the analysts' choice of a profession that tends to foster narcissism verging on a God complex. On the whole, Maeder asserts, psychotherapists either do not relate easily to their children or are permissive, while those who "interpret" their childrens' actions can intrude on their inner beings. His conclusion: "It is harder to be a good parent than a good therapist."
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Maeder, himself the son of psychotherapists, examines the paradoxical belief that psychotherapists' kids (PsyKs) develop into neurotic adults--bright and articulate but often lacking in spontaneity and sense of self. His conclusion: a qualified yes, depending on the extent to which the parents were "narcissistically impaired," suffering from a "god complex," prone to overintellectualize rather than react, or too liberal. Maeder interviewed more than 200 PsyKs and skillfully as well as entertainingly integrates their case histories and insights with research. His explorations of history's more famous psychiatrist-parents are especially informative. Controversial yet well documented, this book will be of equal interest to lay readers and the psychological community.
- Janice Arenofsky, formerly with Arizona State Lib., Phoenix
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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