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Hall, J.S. (2012). NINE LIVES: A VIEW FROM WITHIN. By Newell Fischer. New York, NY: Vantage, 2011. 133 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 81(3):780-783.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 81(3):780-783

NINE LIVES: A VIEW FROM WITHIN. By Newell Fischer. New York, NY: Vantage, 2011. 133 pp.

Review by:
Jane S. Hall

Nine Lives presents the reader—whether experienced analyst, psychotherapist, or interested consumer—with a clear and vivid explanation of the psychoanalytic process. It is rare that a book on this subject can be appreciated by the high school student, the analytic candidate, the teacher of both, and the so-called average reader. It should be a bestseller.

Sadly, psychoanalytic treatment is no longer held in the highest regard in the marketplace of psychotherapies. Nine Lives can help rectify that situation. Here is a book that explains just exactly what psychoanalytic treatment is all about—how it helps, why it helps, and who it can help. This is vital exposure for a public who until now has been pretty much in the dark.

While writing this review, I asked several non-analysts to read Nine Lives. When I then asked them to describe how they felt about the book, some of the responses were “touched,” “enlightened,” and “amazed.”

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