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The Puppeteers: Studies of Obsessive Control Gerald Alper

The Puppeteers: Studies of Obsessive Control

Gerald Alper

Published December 31st 1994
ISBN : 9780880641609
Hardcover
228 pages
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Dr. Alper relates and analyzes three cases which come out of his practice as a psychotherapist. All three cases represent important aspects of our society and have the texture of lived experience. Matthew, in a story that both precedes andMoreDr. Alper relates and analyzes three cases which come out of his practice as a psychotherapist. All three cases represent important aspects of our society and have the texture of lived experience. Matthew, in a story that both precedes and anticipates the David Koresh disaster in Waco, Texas, becomes a disciple of a counterculture cult in which he searches for a higher mode of life. Paul tries to climb up the ladder of success and finds himself in a telemarketing sweatshop. Emily yearns for romantic fulfillment and gets caught in the trap of obsessive love. In the final chapter, Alper weaves together the common elements of these three stories - the pattern of seduction, manipulation, and obsessive control. His arguments make shockingly clear that behavioral puppetry is not merely the occasional aberrant phenomenon about which we read in the newspapers, but that it runs through nearly every stratum of our society.