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Schopenhauer's Porcupines

Intimacy And Its Dilemmas: Five Stories Of Psychotherapy

Deborah Anna Luepnitz


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The classic compilation of psychological case studies from a master clinician and lyrical writer

Each generation of therapists can boast of only a few writers likeDeborah Luepnitz, whose sympathy and wit shine in her fine, luminous prose. In Schopenhauer's Porcupines, she recounts five true stories from her practice, stories of patients who range from the super-rich to the destitute, who grapple with panic attacks, psychosomatic illness, marital despair, and sexual recklessness. Intimate, original, and triumphantly funny, Schopenhauer's Porcupines goes further than any other book in illuminating "how talking helps."

Praise For Schopenhauer's Porcupines: Intimacy And Its Dilemmas: Five Stories Of Psychotherapy

"Drawing heavily on the work of Lacan, Winnicott, and
Klein, Luepintz educates us as well, allowing us to look over her shoulder and
see miracles happen."—Boston Globe

"Schopenhauer's Porcupines is the most affirming, original, and literate psychoanalytic work of the past thirty years."—Psychoanalytic Psychology

"I could not put Schopenhauer's Porcupines down. These stories illustrate how a master clinician uses complex and sophisticated theory with just the right light touch, so that it seems transparent to her patients and her readers."—Lewis Aron, PhD, Director, New York University

"Deborah Luepnitz brings a rare grace, wisdom, and literary imagination to these moving stories of patients and therapists talking their way toward the illumination of themselves and each other."—Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of Disturbances in the Field

Basic Books, 9780465042876, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2003

About the Author

Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D., is on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the author of Child Custody and The Family Interpreted, and is a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan. She maintains a private practice in Philadelphia.