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 stricken family members background, his decade as a Carmelite monk, his marriage and profession as a psychoanalyst, Gargiulo exhibits how the various items of one's lifestyles can healthy jointly into anything that's significant and genuine. this is often one person's lifestyles - however it pertains to us all. 'We are certain jointly, every one of us,' the writer writes, 'in our dwelling, our issues and our joys. As we listen another's tale, we're, at the same time, writing our personal autobiography.' damaged Fathers/Broken Sons is an extraordinary mix of memoir and musing. Playful and clever, it's an ode to what's damaged within we all, in addition to to what seeks healing....it permits us to place again jointly either questions and quests, as we trip out of a decade of attempting to find 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 on account that Turgenev's 'Fathers and Sons' have those matters been so keenly tested and so at once held as much as scrutiny. The precepts of psychoanalytic inspiration introduced ahead by means of Gargiulo communicate to everyman during this ebook that benefits a spot on one's bookshelf subsequent to the paintings of the nice Russian novelist.' Norman Itzkowitz, Professor Emeritus, Princeton collage.
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I experienced a nameless stirring that my spiritual counselors, for all their desire, seemed unable to calm. I was no longer able to accept, as I had previously, the unquestioned teachings we had been given. I dimly sensed that the mystery that we named God was more complex and more hidden than any teaching reﬂected. It was Dr. Robert Neu, my therapist, who would enable me to knit together my feelings, my memories and my words and give me, with his non-intrusive manner, the space to ﬁnd a decision.
God? Died? He through whom all creation lives and moves and has its being? Died? What could that mean? Suddenly my world was tottering. There was a tense silence, among my classmates, for a minute or so before I said yes, I believed. It was an unfair question in an unfair place. Did I betray myself by my answer? I understand now that it was Father Vincent himself who must have had doubts that he could only assuage by the loyalty oath he needed to extract from me. As the days gathered into years, I continued to ask myself who is this silent triune God I worshipped, I prayed to, who loved me?
But life gives to us in unexpected ways. A casual friend suggested that I call the chair of the philosophy department at Manhattan College for a possible teaching position. Not able to offer me a position, the cheery Mr. Cunningham referred me to the theology department. Strange. I had thought that theology was in my past and not my future. It was a time, however, of lay theologians, and Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, was in the foreground in having as many as six laymen as theology professors.