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The Mummy At The Dining Room Table
Jeffrey Kottler, Jon Carlson
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Easy way to write a book - write to all your therapist mates and ask for their strangest stories.
Title refers to family who mummified mother after she died. She had breakfast with them, they left her on couch watching favorite TV shows while they went to work and school, she sat at the dinner table with them and then she slept with husband.
One story about a woman who reconnected with her father who had moved out when she was 2 months old. He's now 70's, she's in 40's but they start having sex. Best sex she's ever had plus he's wealthy so starts giving her lots of material things, but she feels guilty. Analyst says not to worry, because he's only biological father, and if not able to have children, then no harm. Over years he's discussed case with lots of colleagues, and got full range of reactions, from total endorsement to absolute horror that he cd have condoned it.
Surprised at how judgemental some people were - many 'moralists' not just interested in helping people but also in policing the rest of us to make sure that living up to their ideas of what is good for people. Therapist reframed it to ask 'Who was harmed?"
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Client in South Africa very anxious - eventually confessed that he'd had sex with a black woman. Expected that his therapist wd 'hit him with a broomstick'. But great relief when he instead pointed out that multiracial relationships common in other societies. ie nothing wrong with the guy, it was (S African) society that was sick (for having such a horror of black/white sex).
Guy who wanted his nose cut off bc everything smelt of cow shit everywhere he went. Turned out he'd given up on chasing women ("you have to sweet talk them and spend money and time on them without any certainty you'll get sex"). So now he shags the cows (brings a stepladder) he looks after. Therapist tried to help him but guy fixed his own problem with buckets of cheap perfume.
Guy who got kicked out of school bc they couldn't stop him giving blow jobs for money - apparently only thing he'd ever done that anyone else appreciated. Other therapists tried drugs and electroshock treatment, but success when one convinced boy that everyone wd think he was homo, which horrified him.
A couple who fought a lot, partic in front of her mother. Eventually came out that the mother was a prostitute - at age 82 - servicing older gents plus a few younger guys who got off screwing a surrogate grandmother. Dad and kids didn't like visiting her bc she usually had a few men sitting in lounge waiting their turn.
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