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- Full Title: Therapist [Note: Some secondary sources indicate that this book is subtitled "The Shocking Autobiography of a Woman Sexually Exploited by Her Analyst." Although this wording does appear as promotional copy on the dust jacket of the book, there is no subtitle shown on the title pages.]
- Author(s): Ellen Plasil
- Year Published: 1985
- Publisher: St. Martin's/Marek
- Publication Type: Commercial
- ISBN-10: 0-312-79912-8 (hardcover), 0-312-90363-4 (paperback)
- ISBN-13: 978-0-312-79912-0 (hardcover), 978-0-312-90363-3 (paperback)
- Description: Plasil's book relates her experiences with Lonnie Leonard, a psychotherapist who claimed his theraputic practices were based on Objectivism. According to Plasil's account, Leonard's "therapy" included female patients performing sexual services for him and a variety of other abuses and manipulations. Although the majority of the book is specific to her relationship with Leonard, Plasil also discusses some of her interactions with other Objectivists, including Allan Blumenthal, a prominent Objectivist psychologist who initially referred her to Leonard. She also theorizes about how Objectivism may have contributed to making her vulnerable to Leonard's abuse. This book is out of print.
Chapters significantly related to Objectivism are indicated with bold.
- On the Use of Quotation Marks and Dates
- On the Issue of Privacy
- The Probation
- New Beginnings
- The First Session
- The Foundation
- The First Encounter
- On Becoming Feminine
- A Merry Christmas
- The Beach House
- The Confrontation
- Taking Sides
- The Lawyers
- The Defense
- Four Years in Waiting
- Osborne vs. Leonard
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The following perspectives on this book are available online:
- Review by Nathaniel Branden for Free Inquiry (with additional comments added by Ellen Stuttle)
- Critique by Jim Perron for The Laissez-Faire City Times
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