Len Bergantino, ED.D., Ph.D., ABPP
The subtitle of the book is “Choosing Emotional Sobriety Through Self Awareness and Right Action.” This would have been a better title for the book because the audience actually includes smokers and weight loss personal as much as those in AA. The book is small and attractive and is presented in a simple manner. In fact while it is presented in a simple manner it is by no means easy to enact.
Dr. Allen Berger did twenty years under the tutelage of one of the all time great master therapists Walter Kempler, M.D. Thus, there is a deep resonating authenticity about Dr. Berger’s writings that goes much deeper than the simplicity of the presentation and therefore the book has a much wider applicability than its title suggests. I mean if you think about it, who couldn’t use a little more emotional sobriety.
In fact one might say that the lack of emotional sobriety is at the root of all human misfortune! In this regard the world is a better place in that a modern day warrior has chosen to make recovery his life’s work.
Dr. Berger has done well in applying the Gestalt teaching of Dr. Kempler to the human condition.
Review written by Len Bergantino, ED.D., Ph.D., ABPP