REVIEW: The Incurable Romantic, Frank Tallis

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

In The Incurable Romantic, Frank Tallis recounts the extraordinary stories of patients who are, quite literally, madly in love: a woman becomes utterly convinced that her dentist is secretly infatuated with her and drives him to leave the country; a man destroys his massive fortune through trysts with over three thousand prostitutes--because his ego requires that they fall in love with him; a beautiful woman's pathological jealousy destroys the men who love her. Along the way, we learn a great deal about the history of psychiatry and the role of neuroscience in addressing disordered love. Elegantly written and infused with deep sympathy, The Incurable Romantic shows how all of us can become a bit crazy in love.

The Incurable Romantic should have been a easy book for me, as someone who is obsessed with abnormal psychology and noseying into other people's most private personal lives, to like. But, as most things are wont to do, the reality of the book did not match up with the weight of my enormous expectations.
Instead of focussing solely on the myriad of intriguing patients, Frank Tallis never ceases in bringing the topic back around to him. How great he is as a psychologist, how many of his female clients have been attracted to him, how he saved an entire town from a human-sacrificing cult. I mean, seriously dude? Stop character-shilling yourself.
He constantly, despite being a supposed-objective professional, made judgements about innumerable patients due to their age, appearance and sexual experiences. Has psychology not taught him anything? Certainly not how not to judge a book by its cover or apply a theory belonging to anyone other than the misogynistic, cocaine-sorting, wholly-discredited(!!!) Freud.
Actually, the book itself felt very Freudian which ultimately means that the whole tone of it gave far more away about the psychologist than any of the people he was 'helping'.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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