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Feelings and Self Help

Personal growth, mental health, self-help, psychology posts


Clown Ministry coverClown Ministry: a how-to manual and dozens of skits for service and worship

Submitter: This bizarre book includes makeup tips, skits based on Bible verses, and other odd ideas – I included scans of my two favorites, “clownseling” & Marriage enrichment. Thankfully for those scared of clowns, the library’s name label obscures most of the clown’s face on the cover.

Holly: For that, Mary is grateful.  I bet she’s still creeped out, though, actually.  Books on clown ministry aren’t so weird for a public library collection.  This one is…yes, you guessed it…old.  Does this sound remotely intriguing to any married couples?

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Boys have feelings?

Boys have feelings too
Growing up Male for Boys

Is it just me or are there a LOT more of these welcome to puberty books for girls rather than boys?  We have featured a  few here on ALB that are worth another look.  (Click here or here for some past posts.)  This one isn’t too bad, but I can’t see anyone, male or female, finding anything helpful.  Very little on sexual health and more on “how to be a man” with some “it is okay to cry” kind of chapters.  Sorry fellas, it needs to go.  Go ahead and have a good cry, you’ll feel better.


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Going Sane

Going SaneGoing Sane: An Introduction to Feeling Therapy
Hart, Corriere, Binder

Oooh, most excellent suits, hair, and glasses on the cover!

The Center for Feeling Therapy was seen as a cult in the early 1970’s.  Check out the Wikipedia article (and, of course, the references listed there) about them.  Feeling Therapy was an offshoot of Primal Therapy.  After Primal Therapy was abandoned, they got heavily into dream analysis.  In fact, their methods and beliefs changed often.  Apparently, the practitioners lived together in a commune.  There were allegations of physical and emotional abuse, fraud, and brainwashing.  The Center was disbanded and its leaders were banned from practicing therapy in California.  They were sued in 1986 by former patients.

So…is there any value to this book as a historical record of cults of the 1970’s?  In your average public library it’s just a curiosity, not a source for patrons seeking information about available therapies.  However, most public libraries that own it have it under 616.8 (psychotherapy), not 291 (cults).

Keep it? Weed it? Move it?  You can probably guess my vote.