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R.D. Laing and Me

Russell, Roberta

Guided by the research-supported belief that empathy and the feeling of alliance between a client and therapist are the active force in therapeutic change, and motivated by my desire to help R.D. Laing increase his income, in 1981, I suggested to Laing that he write a book telling his readers how to have a therapeutic relationship with a carefully selected person outside the confines of therapy. Like the heroine in the movie, Pretty Woman, he saved me right back, by counter-proposing that I join him in London to write such a book. By doing so, we could try to create a successful "how-to" book and to increase our personal options as one does in a successful therapy. That is the way R.D. Laing & Me: Lessons in Love-which is actually a true love story-began.

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Published In
Changes: An International Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy
Volume
11
Issue
3
Pages
191 - 196
Academic Units
Health and Behavior Studies
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