My Madness Saved Me: The Madness and Marriage of Virginia Woolf

My Madness Saved Me: The Madness and Marriage of Virginia Woolf, is a retrospective psychoanalysis of the life and death of Virginia Woolf by the iconoclastic psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. Szasz presents his views on Virginia Woolf's life and suicide as a counterbalance to the prevailing view that she was a genius writer tormented by mental … Continue reading My Madness Saved Me: The Madness and Marriage of Virginia Woolf

Recollections of a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: The Case of “Prisoner K”

In a rare psychoanalytic case history, Thomas Szasz presents Recollections of a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: The Case of "Prisoner 'K'". In it, Szasz gives us an opportunity to see how he actually practiced psychotherapy. Szasz mentions in the first pages that his practice has since changed, but that he views the case as an adequate case … Continue reading Recollections of a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: The Case of “Prisoner K”

Out of the Box – Book Review

I read the book, Out of the Box, Ron Leifer's autobiography, to learn more about Leifer’s association with Thomas Szasz. I wanted to find out, what if anything, Leifer learned while studying under Szasz during medical school. I found out that while Leifer accepted Szasz’s assertion that mental illness is a metaphor for problems in … Continue reading Out of the Box – Book Review