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Broken Fathers/Broken Sons: A Psychoanalyst Remembers by Gerald J. Gargiulo

By Gerald J. Gargiulo

This memoir is a narrative of loss and achieve, of alienation and reconciliation, and of ways such studies pass into the making of a psychoanalyst. In sharing his personal very afflicted kin historical past, his decade as a Carmelite monk, his marriage and profession as a psychoanalyst, Gargiulo indicates how the various items of one's existence can healthy jointly into anything that's significant and genuine. this can be one person's lifestyles - however it pertains to us all. 'We are sure jointly, each one of us,' the writer writes, 'in our dwelling, our problems and our joys. As we listen another's tale, we're, concurrently, writing our personal autobiography.' damaged Fathers/Broken Sons is an extraordinary mix of memoir and musing. Playful and clever, it really is an ode to what's damaged within we all, in addition to to what seeks permits us to place again jointly either questions and quests, as we trip out of a decade of searching for a greater father in God in a Carmelite monastery, into psychoanalytic perform. Out of 1 man's coming to phrases with the wear and tear of a painful father/son courting, comes a poignant and fierce cry opposed to inequality, be it among mother or father and baby, or analyst and patient.' Erika Duncan, Novelist founding father of Herstory Writers Workshop 'In this intensely own and humane memoir Dr. Gargiulo plumbs the depths of relationships among a father and a son. no longer in view that Turgenev's 'Fathers and Sons' have those matters been so keenly tested and so without delay held as much as scrutiny. The precepts of psychoanalytic concept introduced ahead by way of Gargiulo converse to everyman during this ebook that benefits a spot on one's bookshelf subsequent to the paintings of the good Russian novelist.' Norman Itzkowitz, Professor Emeritus, Princeton collage.

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The house was always clean and when I was sick she cared for me attentively. Maybe it was those long periods in bed, a time before penicillin, which helped give birth to that day-dreaming little boy. I had to experience the world through my imagination and so makebelieve became a friend. I have also asked myself, at times, if my various childhood illnesses were some form of competition with my father for my mother’s attention, as if I was saying: take care of me, don’t always be consumed by him.

As a married man, I could be a father in fact and the specialness would be whatever caring I was able to give. I am convinced that all those years of musing and questioning and trying to understand the world prepared me to find someone who was loving and bright, grounded and not lost. I do not know how one makes such decisions. Are they rooted in childhood experiences or just fortuitous happenings? Do they spring from a place deep inside; a place that wants to know and be known, a place that only touch heals?

Their primary pastoral commitment was teaching, missionary work and parishes. They kept the strict silent monastic tradition alive, however, in a special monastery in Austria. The Carmelite Order would be, for the next decade, my home. When I told Lou of my decision, he spoke of needing more time to make up his mind. He stayed at Iona for the next three years; eventually he decided not to enter a seminary and instead pursued graduate studies in philosophy. My father’s response to my announcement that I was going 24 Carmelite Passage to a Carmelite seminary, to become a priest, was to warn me, in that angry voice of his, not to embarrass him and my mother by only staying there for six months.

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