Synopses & Reviews
"It is no exaggeration to say that psychiatry today is in imminent danger of losing its mind altogether," writes Elio Frattaroli, M.D., in this landmark book. What he is talking about is a medical model of the brain that denies the very existence of anything like a soul based on big sciences delusionary hope that it is actually possible to fix the souls sickness by taking a pill. Much as we might like one, Frattaroli argues, there is no quick fix for the soul; we yearn for something more than what Prozac can provide.
Frattaroli writes with spirit, combining a Renaissance sensibility with an unshakable humanism that shows why tapping into the soul is the highest quest on which we can embark. His references hark back to Shakespeare, to Freud, to Descartes and Bohr; in drawing upon physics, philosophy, literature, and psychology, and by using riveting case histories from his own life and practice, Frattaroli illuminates some of the most complex intellectual discoveries of our time.
In the 1990s, Vikings publication of the bestseller Listening to Prozac sparked nationwide controversy and became the touchstone for one of the most widely debated issues of its time. Now, Elio Frattaroli explores what has happened to a culture that has been listening to Prozac and hearing nothing else.
Intellectually stimulating, and emotionally satisfying, Healing the Soul is one of those life-changing books that will become a classic. Controversial and provocative, it illuminates the route to becoming the full, rich person we each have it in us to be.
"A major achievement." Library Journal
"[R]eaders will find of utmost interest his call for a deeper, more thoughtful approach to understanding psychological problems." Booklist
"Frattaroli is a deeply serious person with important things to say....Brilliant." The Washington Post Book World
Includes bibliographical references (p. 435-448) and index.
About the Author
Elio Frattaroli, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in full-time private practice. He is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and is associate director of their Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program. He is also an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He studied Shakespeare at Harvard and trained with Bruno Bettelheim at the University of Chicago before turning to medicine. He has written and lectured on Shakespeare as well as on psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He lives and practices in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. This is his first book.
Table of Contents
Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain, Contents
Part I: The Importance of Being Conscious
1: A Brief Introduction to the Soul, 3
2: The Technocrat and the Cowboy, 25
3: An Introduction to the Psychotherapeutic Process, 61
Part II: The Medical Model and the Psychotherapeutic Model: A Personal Commentary on Psychiatry, Science, and the Philosophy of Life
4: A Lecture to Young Psychiatrists, 81
5: The Swimming Pool and the Quest, 104
6: The End Is in the Beginning: A Tribute to Bruno Bettelheim, 132
Part III: Science: The Untold Story
7: Two Kinds of Truth: The Principle of Complementarity, 151
8: A Science of Subjectivity: Complementarity and Consciousness, 159
Part IV: Experiencing the Psychotherapeutic Process
9: Anxiety and the Spirit of Questioning, 183
10: Introspection and Putting It into Words, 202
11: Resistance and Transference, 218
12: But Isn't Psychoanalysis Supposed to Be About Sex?, 243
Part V: History Lessons
13: Respect the Symptom, 279
14: Freud's Theory of the Soul: From the Swimming Pool to the Quest, 294
15: Integrating the Swimming Pool Within the Quest:"Where It Was, There Shall I Become", 318
Part VI: The Mind-Body Problem and the Crisis in Our Culture
16: What Is the Soul?, 331
17: What Are We Really Hearing When We Listen to Prozac?, 362
18: Repetition, Reflection, and the Search for Meaning, 400