Each of the Psych Sisters harbors “something I don’t want anyone to know about me.” This secret fuels their lifetimes, pretending to be people that deep-down they know they’re not. While earning a doctorate in psychology, a sisterhood developed, acting as an adopted family that understood each of their midlife crises and helped them escape from their individual self-defeating ruts. Marilyn (“I walk through the valley of the shadow of psychopathology”) is oppositional, impulsive, self-destructive, and amnesiac to her sex addiction. Eileen (“I deserve everything and I’m out to get it all”) is self-centered, in love with possessions, and steps on others to get her way. Robin (“I‘m a voyeur, an observer; distance protects me”) is passive, married to a pastor with a secret life, and is fueled by repressed revenge. Sylvia (“I hear the hollow echo of my emptiness”) hides behind a layer of fat. Eating chocolate is her tranquillizer, her only pleasure but not enough to fill her vacuum. Christine (“I’m paralyzed by wishing I was someone else”) is bored, role-playing to pretend she is important, better than herself. Lucy (“I’m lonely living above it all but it’s worth it”) is impatient with the mediocrity of those around her. She has buried guilt beneath a false sense of superiority. Olivia (“Rage collapses me to my knees”) considers life as unfair. She has always helped others but neglected herself. As an experienced psychologist, I have woven the bizarre, frightening, and dangerous aspects of clients’ stories into the fabric of the psychologists’ lives. Readers will gain insight into their own battles by following the transformative paths of the struggling psychologists. Ideal for book clubs.
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