- Bucharest, Romania
- member since November 19, 2008
It is wonderful, Eli! I'm half way through it now and it is fascinating. Holt has a) compiled a great deal of research and reading, b) interviewed the leaders in the philosophy and science for their contriputions, and c) written in a lucid, accessible prose. His prose has the easy gait--I feel like I am reading a New Yorker article--and after reading some of the paragraphs, I muse, I don't think I could write about that topic with such clarity. In short, it has really increased my appreciation and understanding of this difficult kind of philosophy. I recommend it; I think you would like it.
I see how much you enjoyed 'Before I go to Sleep' by S.J Watson. It's a great debut novel.
I’m searching for someone like you who appreciates the more original and interesting fiction that might be interested in trying out my novel trilogy "The DEAD LOOP". It is easy to read, emotive and a unique psychological thriller mystery about a man that dies every single day but has no idea why.
My first Shelfari reader wrote on Amazon US: ‘one of the most unique and original story plots that I have read in quite a long time... There is just something about the idea and the writing combined that from the very first few pages grabs you by the hand and tugs you along to see what comes next and fires your imagination to begin trying to figure out why it is happening.’
Part 1 on Kindle is only $1.25.
If it intrigues you at all and want to check it out, I would very much appreciate any feedback.
I promise you that you won’t regret it!
Complete Trilogy edition (if you’re feeling bold!)
DRACULA: HEARTS OF STONE
Georgeanna wrote about Dracula: Hearts of Stone. “Jenny is a serious power for good to be reckoned with and I can't wait to read more about her, Allison, Piers Anthony(yes, the famous author), Michael, Lauren, Boa and Wei, Alexander and Tessy, Moon Diamond and poor Zacharia, and, of course, Dracula.”
You can read excerpts on my author page here:
Dracula: Hearts of Stone
After eons of darkness Dracula has come into the light. He must emerge from his suicidal hole to help mankind fight the bad vampires that prey on humans. The author Piers Anthony (now a vampire) tries to help him claw his way out, at the risk of his own existence. Meanwhile, a timid vampire named Michael falls for Lauren, a courageous vampire sheriff named Lauren. Even though Michael is frightened of her, he can’t help but pursue the red sheriff.
A 12-year-old girl named Jenny has turned out to be a vampire killer, protecting the innocent wherever she can. But as the evil ones take notice of her, she realizes that she might survive to her teen years.
It’s a tale of romance, fangs and valour.
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So sorry for the delayed response...I appreciate your patience.
Thank you for telling me about the trajectory to pursue psychotherapy in Romania--that is informative. Here, in the U.S., it's an average of 4-5 years + 1 year on internship (and before the time I was in school, before standards were enacted, it wasn't unheard of for some people to be in school as much as 8 years! absurd).
The type of therapy I practice is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT for short)...it is really a broad rubric encompassing a different group of therapies. The original, 'traditional' approach by Aaron Beck and his colleagues (originally, it was called "CT"), and the newer radical behaviorist (also known as 'contextualist') & mindfulness approaches that rose up partially as a reaction to the Beck-ian model--the most popular examples of these include Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioral Activation (BA), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). I went to school at the University of Washington, where the latter 3 therapies arose--my research group was involved in the development of BA. I would say as a clinician, my style is a mixture of the traditional CT and BA techniques.
The clinical psychology system in the U.S. promotes what is called the "Boulder model" (named for the city of Boulder, Colorado), a.k.a. "scientist-practitioner" model, so that clinical psychologists who are trained at an academic university as I was are trained in both research and clinical work--but if it's at an academic university, you are basically groomed to pursue an academic track of research/teaching. In reality, the "Boulder model" is rarely successfully implemented, which is one of its criticisms, as one is almost always forced to ultimately pick between a Research vs. a Clinical career, unless one wants to become a workaholic :)...it's the notion that to do something well, you can't wear two hats. It is much easier to go from a Research --] Clinical career rather than go from Clinical --] Research career. I said it was a 'big decision' in the sense that I was going against the grain of what I was groomed for, but also because while not an impossible move, the Clinical ---] Research move is a difficult one: there's definitely more of a feeling of shutting a career door, as you are then in the position of competing (in terms of getting grants, faculty positions, etc.) with those who have always been Research from the time they walked out the graduate school door.
So, is CBT known in Romania, or in Romania is psychoanalysis still the dominant practice? Here, psychoanalysis and the other psychodynamic approaches are pretty much obsolete and considered a quaint artifact of another time (the exceptions being in NYC, where it is still practiced, and maybe some other places like California). As clinical psychology has moved to a "social science," psychoanalysis does not render itself well to empirical observation and testing, by the very virtue of its appeal to unconscious motivations and impulses. In this manner, cognitive and/or behavioral based therapies have supplanted it.
I hope that might convey some info as to how it works over here...If you ever would like to take Romanian psychotherapy into the CBT realm and expand its development, practice, recognition, etc. than please stay in touch with me. I would relish the opportunity to come over and talk about it.
IT is just a ordinary story of an ordinary bengali family life.......Indian husband wife living in foreign land, son growss up to be halp american half indian, as usual has identity criisis.....it is very nomal........ just justaposed interpretation of the main protagonist's name which is the same as a famous russian writer........no meaning actually in this connection.....
so a very ordinary story......arrranged marraige....husband wife in foreign land...wife bit lonely........child grows up with confused identitity....mother nto able to accept the mordern values of son,who marries a bengali girl to find our she has a french lover. & divorces her..Later husband dies.......wife returns to india.........that summarises it...........with emotions thrown on everything that happens in between. you may ask after reading.........whats NEW?..its just life of a normal family in a book.
although give it a try and give me your views.......woudl love to read your view post reading the namesake.....
Mulţumesc, Eli! :) Well, I owe my knowledge of all-things-Romanian to my dear friend Solyaris...yes, I have enjoyed Eliade and Cioran a lot; Cioran's style is so furiously nihilistic, but so passionate a writer. I have still to read, sitting on my shelf, "Rites and Symbols of Initiation" by Eliade and "Temptation to Exist" and "Fall into Time" by Cioran. I have not read "Love's Executioner" or "When Nietzche Wept" yet; I have a friend in Buenos Aires who has been urging me to read the latter (in Spanish, "El Día que Nietzche Lloró") as well...so, someday, though for now my book queue is way too long already.
So, what does it take to be a therapist in Romania? Do they distinguish between Masters- and Doctorate- levels? I made the big decision earlier this year to be a full-time therapist--exclusively seeing patients, rather than research, which is usually the path we are urged down in graduate school--but I don't regret it at all. Anyway, congratulations on pursuing psychology studies, and please let me know if I can ever be of any help...