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by George Weinberg

Presenting nine interwoven true stories of psychological drama, a prominent psychotherapist elaborates on the frailties and fears that define the human condition
Download The Taboo Scarf and Other Tales epub
ISBN: 0312044348
ISBN13: 978-0312044343
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: George Weinberg
Language: English
Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (July 1, 1990)
Pages: 324 pages
ePUB size: 1485 kb
FB2 size: 1978 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 628
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The fact that these fascinating case studies are presented in the style of mysteries to be resolved is a plus, reminding us that our lives are essentially narratives. We live by the stories we're told & the stories we tell ourselves, the stories we attempt to live. Weinberg takes something of a back seat, letting the individuals & their lives speak for themselves; but the reader is always aware of his intelligence & compassion. With so much of the mental health field dominated by cost analysis & treated with drugs that don't always address the real problem, this volume reiterates a vital truth: therapy is as much an art as a science, and empathy is as important as insight & wisdom. Rewarding reading for anyone interested in the universe of the human psyche!
In The Taboo Scarf, Weinberg throws together a collection of therapy stories from his practice (names changed to protect identity, yet I doubt consent given to use the confidential information. I mean come-on, how would you feel if your therapy sessions got published?)

The characters exposed range from a brilliant recluse, to aloof academics and punch-drunk compulsory patients. Obviously all the stories revolve around Weinberg's attempts to work with his patients and while presented in narrative style, really these should be considered 'case-notes' rather than 'tales.'

Overlooking this repetitive aspect, I found the first two tales the most intriguing and mildly hilarious if its ok to laugh at such things. The namesake tale The Taboo Scarf seems faked in its soap opera intensity, and one story where Weinberg engineers a fight between two inpatients seems completely unethical.

In total it seems hard to know whether to recommend this book. Obviously it would be of interest to those in the field, but I suspect most interested would prefer a more scientific tome. For those just looking for a read, the therapy setting of Weinberg's tales will likely bore.

I guess just read the first two tales and if you find you like the style continue, otherwise finish with the hilarious Lion tale.
This book has its high points, but I happened to read it alongside Yalom's Love's Executioner (which also relates therapy sessions) and couldn't help being blown away by the latter far more. The Taboo Scarf is in general less thought-provoking and the language used is also one that seems would be more suited for a mystery fiction novel.
I read this when an undergrad in psych - now a practiceing therapist, I re-read this book every year. It helps remind me I am human - that hubris really is something to attend to quite often. The therapist-client relationship CAN be a partnership with both bringing much to each session. I read this book before Yalom's "Love's Executioner" - I enjoy them both equally. I keep loaning my copy to collegues, and now have to order another one!
I read this book as a text in a undergraduate psychology course. I highly recomend it to anyone interested in psychotherapy, what it is like to be a patient and what it is like to be a psychotherapist.