First Review of ‘Crazy’ is in, now Send me Yours

A licensed psychologist dishes about his patient…and himself.

The life, times and thoughts of a New York therapist are put on display in a candid account of what goes on behind the doctor’s door – and in his head – during a day filled with patients and self-doubt. Tackling serious mental-health subjects without being overly reverent, shrinktalk.net blogger Dobrenski maintains a snappy pace. Patients are not spared his keen observations, which help to answer the vexing question: Am I paranoid, or does my shrink think I’m crazy – and sloppy? Take the author’s account of patient Scott, “six-foot-four, disheveled, overweight, and constantly perspiring. He began many of his sentences with an F-bomb and arrived for his sessions in T-shirts that were too tight for his abdomen, and white sneakers with black socks. His hands were always very clammy, but he insisted on a handshake every time he entered the therapy room. He was easily the brunt of many people’s jokes.” But Dobrenski also puts himself under the microscope, ultimately heeding the old chestnut: “No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand…Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.” The author also cautions those being shrinked: “The human condition is so complex and constantly evolving and no one person or institution has all the answers. Therapy will never be an exact science, and therefore there will never be the perfect textbook or teacher or school that will create the Ultimate Therapist who puts his hand on your head and cures you of each and every ill.”

Clean, honest writing makes for an engaging read, particularly for “couch” potatoes.

This comes from Kirkus Reviews, the self-proclaimed “World’s Toughest Book Critics,” and is the first formal review of ‘Crazy.’ I’m told they can be actually quite vicious toward books they do not enjoy, so I’m both pleased and relieved to have survived their wrath. But, more importantly, I’m interested in what you think. Write a review in the Comments thread, email it to me at RDobrenski@gmail.com or send me a link to something you’ve written on your website. Assuming the review is good – and by that I mean constructive and helpful to other people – I’ll post it in the ‘Crazy Reviews’ section of this site, giving you full credit should you so choose. Thank you in advance and I really hope you enjoy the book.

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6 Responses to “First Review of ‘Crazy’ is in, now Send me Yours”

  1. Rosie says:

    Wow, that’s so exciting! Congrats on the positive review! Do you know if there are plans to release the book for the Kindle?

    Rob: thanks so much for the kind words. A Kindle version is definitely coming out, but I’m not 100% sure when. The publisher is aiming for June 14, just don’t hold me to that…

  2. Annie says:

    Congrats!!! 🙂

  3. Chris says:

    Would love a Nook version, but I understand that’s not likely. Will have to order from Amazon this weekend. Can’t wait to read it!

    Dr. Rob: Hold off for a week or two, I’ll see about Nook status.

  4. Jenna says:

    I’m hooked, and I’ve only read the prologue. Bill the…Awesome! (sorry, edited for spoilers…) Also – great photo of you on the inside book sleeve!

  5. […] Update: My copy of Dr. Rob’s Crazy arrived. Very excited to see what wasn’t already published elsewhere. The first review is up at Dr. Rob’s site shrinktalk.net […]

  6. Tippy says:

    Got your book today, Boyeeeee:)

    Looks good! I’ll be back when I’ve finished it.

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