PSYCHODALIA – A new book by Aviva Ayzenberg

June 12 17:11 2017

PSYCHODALIA – a new book by Aviva Ayzenberg
The panic and emotions of her patients echo in the heroine’s story. Dr Ayzenberg examines, in addition, the private lives of caregivers within the world of psychotherapy.

Dr. Dalia Revadim, a 44-year-old single psychiatrist, attempts to care for everyone but has difficulty managing her own complicated life. 

The introduction of the novel is chronologically the end of the story. Dalia flees after someone has died in her home. She escapes the hot Israeli sun and moves to Stockholm, where she takes a research position focusing on seasonal depression. She suffers a nervous breakdown, and returns home after a failed suicide attempt. Upon her release, she transcribes the contents of her therapy sessions as an act of self-healing.

The backdrop of her breakdown is explored in the complicated relationships between Dalia and the people in her life. She has relationships with two very different men. With one of them, she discovers love for the first time, as well as her femininity and
suppressed desires.

The author portrays a violent society in which there is constant unrest, social alienation and loneliness, as well as a longing for intimacy and love. The panic and emotions of her patients echo in the heroine’s story. Dr Ayzenberg examines, in addition, the private lives of caregivers within the world of psychotherapy. Who is the patient? Who the caregiver? What is the healing power of love?

Dr. Aviva Ayzenberg is a senior clinical psychologist at a medical center, and has published (in addition to professional articles) two novels: “Smile My Bride” (Gvanim, 1997) and “Listening to the nights sounds” (Poalim Publishing, 2000).

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