Think Like a Shrink

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Chris Zois was impatient with traditional psychotherapy. During the second year of his psychiatric residency he saw a videotape of a complete course of therapy completed within twelve weeks. From then on he wondered why it should take any longer.

He launched upon a quest to practice and to preach a quick, effective therapy. Analysts could lead their clients on a tour of their defenses, explain why they are not to their clients’ advantage, then send them on their way. Nothing could be simpler.

In fact, why go to therapy at all? Why not just learn these techniques from a book, and save yourself even more money and time? Zois includes questionnaires so you can discover for yourself what defenses and hidden feelings are keeping you from leading a happy life.

Zois clings to the old-fashioned Freudian notion that depression is the manifestation of repressed anger. The Cognitive school of therapy has recently determined that repressed anger expresses itself as anxiety, not depression.

Still, Zois does have some helpful ideas. These could encourage readers to examine their lives to become a little bit more aware of the reasons behind their self-destructive behaviors. They might even be able to change them for the better.

If eliminating troublesome behavior in oneself was as easy as Zois makes it seem, there would not be so many unhappy, neurotic people in the world. Yet, THINK LIKE A SHRINK may be just the thing for people who demand snappy psychological results, and who are unwilling to spend time and money in traditional therapy.