Should You Leave?: A Psychiatrist Explores Intimacy and Autonomy--And the Nature of Advice

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Poses a question often asked by those in a troubled or confusing relationship, "should I leave?". Using an unusual method, this book provides scenarios in which several advice-seekers ask this question. It offers a philosophical and psychological study of what makes relationships thrive or wither.

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Uniquely conceived and utterly refreshing, Peter Kramer ( Listening to Prozac) breaks the mould of most advice books with Should You Leave? Expect no authoritative voice retreating behind labels or manufactured jargon. Instead, in a series of fictive sessions with imaginary advisees, Kramer illlustrates complex problems; each one lets him give a different style of advice--from Freud's to Ann Lander's. The central question pushes the limits of traditional "silent therapy": can a direct, simple response to any problem of the heart be valuable?

Should You Leave? moves fluidly between discussions of psychological theory and imaginative flights, revealing both a wide body of knowledge and compassion. Kramer's questions, framed with sensitivity and irreverence, challenge our cultural fixation on autonomy and assertiveness. Given these, how can intimacy thrive?

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