IN LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE, Marilyn Charles has written a meditation on emotional growth, on coming to know and be one's full self, that embodies as well as describes its subject. There are many good texts on how to do psychoanalytic therapy and how to understand what happens in psychoanalytic therapy. But there are very few that bring the reader so intimately inside the experience of both therapist and patient, that capture the music as well as the words of the therapeutic project. Charles maintains an unprecedented level of empathy with her readers. Inviting the beginning therapist to feel the nuances of an art that stubbornly resists reduction, she demystifies the mysterious without profaning the mystery. She interprets not only ...

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