The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy

Version: Unabridged
Author: J.M. Coetzee , Arabella Kurtz
Narrator: Jeff Cummings
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Non-Fiction, Self Development, Essays & Anthologies, Psychology
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: September 2016
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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The Good Story is a fascinating dialogue about psychotherapy and the art of storytelling between a writer with a long-standing interest in moral psychology and a psychotherapist with training in literary studies. Coetzee and Kurtz consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both of their approaches is a concern with narrative. Working alone, the writer is in control of the story he or she tells. The therapist, on the other hand, collaborates with the patient in developing an account of the patient's life and identity that is both meaningful and true.

In a meeting of minds that is illuminating and thought-provoking, the authors discuss both individual psychology and the psychology of the group: the school classroom, gangs and the settler nation, in which the brutal deeds of ancestors are accommodated into a national story. Drawing on great writers like Cervantes and Dostoevsky and psychoanalysts like Freud and Melanie Klein, Coetzee and Kurtz explore the human capacity for self-examination, our wish to tell our own life stories, and the resistances we encounter along the way.

Author Details

Author Details

Coetzee, J.M.

J. M. Coetzee is Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Kurtz, Arabella

Arabella Kurtz is a consultant clinical psychologist and is completing psychoanalytic psychotherapy training at the Tavistock Clinic in London. She has held various posts in adult and forensic mental health services in the British National Health Service, and is currently a senior clinical tutor in the University of Leicester clinical psychology training course.