The Skeleton Cupboard

The Skeleton Cupboard

The Making of A Clinical Psychologist

eBook - 2015
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"Gripping, unforgettable and deeply affecting, The Skeleton Cupboard recounts the patient stories that most influenced Professor Tanya Byron, covering years of training that forced her to confront the harsh realities of the lives of her patients and the demons of her own family's history. Among others, we meet Ray, a violent sociopath desperate to be treated with tenderness and compassion; Mollie, a talented teenager intent on starving herself; and Imogen, a twelve-year-old so haunted by a secret that she's intent on killing herself. Byron brings the reader along as she uncovers the reasons each of these individuals behave the way they do, resulting in a thrilling, compulsively readable psychological mystery that sheds light on mental illness and what its treatment tells us about ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250053800
Characteristics: 1 online resource (309 pages)

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FSJPL_Amy Aug 24, 2016

I couldn't put down this compelling and readable book, wanting more and more of the stories of interesting and complex people the author treated during her training as a clinical psychologist. At first I wasn't sure I could finish it; the first few stories were disturbing and I ached for some of the patients. But the author's growth as a clinician and person as she figured out how to treat them was so compelling I couldn't stop reading. I loved how she smashed the "us and them" stereotype of mental health, and showed that she herself is vulnerable in many of the same ways her patients are. A moving, emotional read.


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