Should You Leave? A Psychiatrist Explores Intimacy and Autonomy -- and the Nature of Advice by Peter D. Kramer

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In his phenomenal bestseller Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer explored the makeup of the modern self. Now, in his superbly written new book, he focuses his intelligent, compassionate eye on the complexities of partnerships and why intimacy is so difficult for us. With the art of a novelist and the skill of a brilliant psychiatrist, Kramer addresses advice seekers struggling with such complex questions as: How do we choose our partners? How well do we know them? How do mood states affect our assessment of them and theirs of us? What does “working on a relationship” truly entail? When should we try to improve a relationship, and when should we leave? Equally at home with Shakespeare, Emerson, and Kierkegaard as it is with Freud and Jung, Should You Leave? is a literary tour de force from a uniquely insightful observer and a profoundly resonant and helpful approach to resolving dilemmas of the heart.
 

About Peter D. Kramer

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Peter D. Kramer is host of the public radio mental-health program The Infinite Mind. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University.
 
Published July 23, 2013 by Scribner. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences, Romance. Non-fiction

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In the guise of trying to give advice to the people in these and other cases, Kramer simultaneously explores the near-impossibility of giving advice: People are ultimately unknowable, their situations too complex, the therapist blinded by his own biases.

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Those who read Kramer's 1993 bestseller, Listening to Prozac, won't be surprised to find him occasionally flying the Prozac colors again in his latest, a self-described ""odd hybrid of fiction, non-fiction and self-help."" But Kramer generally limits his discussion of psychopharmaceuticals in thi...

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