41rkrI8+ELL._SL160_Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Robert A. Berezin, the author of Psychotherapy of Character: The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain, has been a psychiatrist for forty years, and reviews his notes on a prominent patient, Eddie (whom the author eventually cares for personally). Psychotherapy of Character is a professional memoir – written as an easy to read narrative – covering Berezin’s body of work.

The book is broken down into four sections: Consciousness, The Story of Eddie, Psychotherapy and On the Big Stage. Berezin gives the back story and explains what “consciousness” really means and its in manipulating the human brain. More often than not, Psychoterapy of Character focuses on this prominent patient, Eddie. Although the book is written in narrative form, it is still highly technical and is more of a dissertation on Eddie’s entire life (seemingly from his birth) than anything else. Eddie’s childhood is recounted: from summer camp to Sunday school, from his abusive family to his teenage years and beyond, nothing is left unexplored. The book’s final chapters discuss humankind, trends in psychotherapy, other stages of psychoses, and includes Berezin’s opinions on prayer, the belief in God, and religious thought as incorporated into the discipline of psychotherapy.

This book is highly technical in nature, and it is not recommended for anyone who is not professionally interested in the subject of psychotherapy.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kelley & Hall Book Publicity. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.