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"An easy read, but not that enlightening…"
This certainly was an easy read (I read half of it in one morning). However, the author would have done well to concentrate on the case studies and perhaps less on herself and her derogatory opinions of other mental health care workers.
I guess it is biographical, so she can write what she wants, but I didn't feel it gave a balanced view of mental health care services. The cases were interesting but as it turns out, were made up from a collection of cases to hide the identities of the real patients.Read moreLess
Found this book really interesting and was very much caught up in the characters described by Tania Byron.
Was gripped from the first page and was sorry it ended.
Interesting dynamic between her and her mentor which seemed to take over at times, but not tot he detriment of the book.Read moreLess
"Byron/The Skeleton Cupboard…"
Although I found the case studies Byron writes of in this book incredibly absorbing, I wasn't too taken with the "casual" style of writing when dealing with her outside-work life.
Overall, I do think it's a terrific insight into the UK's mental health services in general, and some of the issues faced by individuals in particular.
Would recommend.Read moreLess
"Interesting, but feels a bit ghostwritten…"
This was an enjoyable read, and certainly kept me gripped.
However, the style seemed a bit disjointed - there were a few phrases / sentences that really felt out of place, and I wondered if it was a ghostwriter trying to 'jazz it up' with a bit of swearing or sex. The stories certainly didn't need anything extra, and I found the some of the more personal details about Tanya Byron's life a little intrusive.
It was certainly interesting, and gave me a better insight into the range of work she has done. But I doubt I'll read it again, despite having watched her TV series House of Tiny Tearaways twice, and finding it was if anything more gripping on the second watching.Read moreLess
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Just finished reading this evening. I really enjoyed it. Even though the "case studies" were fictional representations of the kind of cases she encountered during her training, and presumably still does in her professional life, I found them very moving especially the girl with the eating disorder (DD was a food refuser from about the age of 2, and still struggles with food aged 8, and quite likely always will have "issues" with eating).
I also read the Stephen Grosz book, The Examined Life, and really enjoyed that too. But I think I preferred this one. Anything that looks at what makes people tick has always interested me. This book has made me realise that, if I had my time over again, I'd want to study psychology. Absolutely fascinating.Read moreLess
"well worth reading…"
Really interesting, and gripping. Gave good insight into training and motivation, and well written- great blend of the technical and personal. The writing style is spacey and frank; Tanya's personality comes across strongly whilst maintaining professionalism. Includes a wide variety of case studies as well as personal reaction to the clients and the training itself. I really enjoyed reading this and it provided plenty of food for thought.Read moreLess
"easy to get hooked…"
Wow, I loved reading this book - I couldn't put this book down. It's not a small book but it only took me 2 days to finish it. I was hooked. Some sad moments but found book also to be Very honestRead moreLess
"Good Psychology Reading.…"
I find this kind of books about psychology and psychologists fascinating reading and this one is no exception.Read moreLess