I'll start it out with a book rec: Love's Executioner by Irv Yalom. Yalom is a psychiatrist & existential psychotherapist at Stanford/the Bay Area, and the book is a collection of 10 patient stories illustrating the power of psychotherapy and process of change. Yalom incorporates himself as a character into the vignettes, and it's fascinating to see his perspective as therapy progresses.
One of my favorite quotes that illuminates the origin of the book title, "I do not like to work with patients who are in love. Perhaps it is because of envy—I too, crave enchantment. Perhaps it is because love and psychotherapy are fundamentally incompatible. The good therapist fights darkness and seeks illumination, while romantic love is sustained by mystery and crumbles upon inspection. I hate to be love's executioner.”
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