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Terest in moral psychology and a psychotherapist with training in literary studies Coetzee and Kurtz consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives but at the heart of both of their approaches is a concern with narrative Working alone the writer is in control of the story he or she tells The therapist on the other hand collaborates with the patient in developing an account of the patient's life and identity that is both meaningful and trueIn a meeting of minds th. I ve mentioned before that I think novelists and psychotherapists are in a similar business yet the fictional therapists we encounter on the page sometimes fail to convince So what better way

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The Good Story

JM Coetzee What relationship do I have with my life history Am I its conscious author or should I think of myself as simply a voice uttering with as little interference as possible a stream of words welling up from my interiorArabella Kurtz One way of thinking about psychoanalysis is to say that it is aimed at setting free the narrative or autobiographical imagination The Good Story is a fascinating dialogue about psychotherapy and the art of storytelling between a writer with a long standing in. A writer and a psychologist exchange e mails The writer seems to have a bee in his bonnet about the way the world works particularly in the arenas of repression regression and group dynamics Th

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At is illuminating and thought provoking the authors discuss both individual psychology and the psychology of the group the school classroom gangs and the settler nation in which the brutal deeds of ancestors are accommodated into a national story Drawing on great writers like Cervantes and Dostoevsky and psychoanalysts like Freud and Melanie Klein Coetzee and Kurtz explore the human capacity for self examination our wish to tell our own life stories and the resistances we encounter along the wa. Reading this felt like reading the transcript for a very long very intellectual podcast If that appeals to you then great Because there is a lot of interesting ideas discussed here However thos


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  1. says:

    A writer and a psychologist exchange e mails The writer seems to have a bee in his bonnet about the way the world works particularly in the arenas of repression regression and group dynamics The psychologist does her very best to respond to his arguments constantly clarifying that she can speak only from her experience as a psycholo

  2. says:

    good snippets on psychoanalysis here and there from Kurtz I genuinely appreciated her role in this novel as she brought the discussion back to utilitarian workings of the therapist in discussion with Coetzee's thingsperhap

  3. says:

    we can entertain the notion that we are continually engaging with constructions fictions of others rather than with their 'real' selves We can also entertain the plausible and interesting notion that our engageme

  4. says:

    I'm constantly fascinated by how story and narrative play out in how we live and construct our lives and this issue becomes fascinating when you insert fiction into the mix Coetzee brings his experience as a fiction writer and a teacher to the conversation to contrast with Kurtz's clinical perspective and the deep topics of truth vs fiction are exploredDostoyevsky Dickens Hardy along with Coetzee's veiled suggestion that Hester

  5. says:

    I’ve mentioned before that I think novelists and psychotherapists are in a similar business yet the fictional therapists we encounter on the page sometimes fail to convince So what better way for the writer bent on creating a credible fictional therapist than to eavesdrop on a conversation between a winner of the Nobel

  6. says:

    More Coetzee Good for the soulThis book is the written record of a dialogue between Coetzee and a psychotherapist Arabella Kurtz The subject matter is interesting if somewhat unfocused The character and progression of their dialogue the way t

  7. says:

    Well written and interesting even if sometimes it was a little bit too easy but ok not everybody has a background studying this type

  8. says:

    Reading this felt like reading the transcript for a very long very intellectual podcast If that appeals to you then great Because there is a lot of interesting ideas discussed here However those ideas are not as interconnected as I

  9. says:

    Coetzee and psychotherapist Arabella Kurtz discuss memory repression and narrative in the context of both fiction and psychotherapy The scope ranges from the individual level to societal I especially liked the section wher

  10. says:

    The book doesn't always hold the reader's attention but the whole exchange between Kurtz and Coetzee is marked by moments of startling insight and humanity Coetzee's comments reveal his keen though obviously expected investment in what it means to tell stories in novels as well as in 'real' life Kurtz's responses