Fragile Power: Why Having Everything Is Never Enough; Lessons from Treating the Wealthy and Famous

Hazelden. Oct. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781616497644. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616497651. SELF-HELP
Clinical psychotherapist Hokemeyer has spent years treating patients in positions of power. He has found that wealth and celebrity status, which should be liberating, often contribute to feelings of isolation and inadequacy. With this work, Hokemeyer unpacks the vulnerability and lack of social support that lie behind the facade of fame, which often leads to self-medication and sexual infidelity. Hokemeyer’s therapeutic method boils down to listening to and being with that individual, realizing that the glitter of glamour only covers the emotional pain that is part of the human condition.
VERDICT This fascinating read illuminates the inner lives of the rich and famous even as it demonstrates how to understand and share the feelings of others and develop a real connection.
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