The Psychology of the "Sopranos"
Love, Death, Desire and Betrayal in America's Favorite Gangster Family
By (author) Glen O. Gabbard
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Psychology of the Sopranos by Glen O. Gabbard
Book DescriptionSome have called it "The Sopranos Effect"--the quiet that descends just before a new episode of the hit TV series is aired. Stores are deserted, restaurants quiet--and for patients of distinguished psychoanalyst and author Glen Gabbard, desperate calls for help go unreturned. Why, Dr. Gabbard wondered, have the misadventures of a middle-aged thug won the largest audience in HBO history? What is it about the characters and their relationships that draws us in so completely? What can we learn about ourselves from going inside the heads of these outlaws from New Jersey? In The Psychology of the Sopranos Dr. Gabbard draws on his vast professional experience (and his near-obsessive preoccupation with Tony's two "families") to delve into the psychology of the characters, the show's depiction of therapy, and how "The Sopranos" dramatically showcases the psychological ambiguities and conflicts in our own lives. Indeed, part of the show's popularity, he argues, is the spotlight it throws on viewers' psychological issues--from panic attacks and existential angst to codes of honor and moral indiscretions. With his tongue planted only lightly in his cheek, Gabbard poses the questions so many of us have pondered on Monday mornings: Is Tony's therapy working? And how is it possible for him and his "families" to reconcile the mundane and the monstrous? His answers will surprise and delight loyal fans. This book was not prepared, licensed, approved, or endorsed by any entity involved in creating or producing the "Sopranos" television series. Mafia don Tony Soprano, his family, his work "associates," and his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, have captured the imagination (and the fanatical devotion) of more than 11 million viewers. The show has garnered rave reviews for its writing and acting and has won a loyal following of educated viewers, who appreciate the sharp wit, the Machiavellian plot turns, and the Shakespearean character development of this extraordinarily well-crafted drama. * Find the answers in The Psychology of the Sopranos: * * Is Tony a psychopath--or is he an American everyman putting bread on the table in the best way he knows how? * Is Livia a modern-day Medea or a victim caught in mob mentality? * Is Carmella an accomplice or an innocent? * Who's more corrupt, Tony Soprano or Father Phil? * Is Tony doomed to desire women who make him feel as bad as Mom did? * Can a man who commits bad acts still teach his children to be good? *
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465027354
(210mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Glen O. Gabbard
Boundaries and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis, Paperback (February 2016)
Preceded by Boundaries and boundary violations in psychoanalysis / Glen O. Gabbard, Eva P. Lester. New York: BasicBooks, c1995.
Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Hardback (May 2014)
The definitive treatment textbook in psychiatry, this fifth edition of Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders has been thoroughly restructured to reflect the new DSM-5 categories. The editors have produced a volume that is both comprehensive and concise, meeting the needs of clinicians who prefer a single, user-friendly volume.
Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Hardback (April 2014)
Long-awaited, this fifth edition of Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice has been thoroughly revised in light of the new DSM-5(R) categories while maintaining its focus on the individual patient's specific needs and complexities. The author has restructured the text for maximum utility and enhanced understanding.
Textbook of Psychoanalysis, Hardback (August 2011)» View all books by Glen O. Gabbard
The only comprehensive textbook of psychoanalysis available in the United States, the Textbook of Psychoanalysis was written with both the beginning student in the mental health care professions and the practicing analyst in mind.
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Author Biography - Glen O. Gabbard
Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. He is the author of sixteen books, including Psychiatry and the Cinema and Boundaries and Boundary Violations. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Sigourney Award for outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis. He lives in Houston, Texas.
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