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Volume 14, No. 2

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By Eric Boodman

The Anatomy Of Clay
By Abby Paige

They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children / Mobilizing The Will To Intervene: Leadership To Prevent Mass Atrocities
By Aparna Sanyal


Bats Or Swallows
Reviewed by Taylor Tower

Lives: Whole And Otherwise
Reviewed by Rosel Kim

Reviewed by Kimberly Bourgeois

Spat The Dummy
Reviewed by Ian McGillis

The Obituary
Reviewed by Anna Leventhal

Three Deaths
Reviewed by Rob Sherren


Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education In Autism
Reviewed by Leila Marshy

Making Waves: The Continuing Portuguese Adventure
Reviewed by Joni Dufour

The Republic Of Therapy
Reviewed by Sarah Fletcher

Writing In The Time Of Nationalism: From Two Solitudes To Blue Metropolis
Reviewed by Gregory J. Reid

You Could Lose An Eye: My First 80 Years In Montreal
Reviewed by Joel Yanofsky

non-fiction at a glance

Eeyou Istchee: Land Of The Cree/terre Des Cris
Reviewed by Carol Katz

The Origin Of A Person
Reviewed by Prosenjit Dey Chaudhury


Blood Is Blood
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Hard Feelings
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Poets And Killers
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Song Of The Taxidermist
Reviewed by Bert Almon

The Collected Books Of Artie Gold
Reviewed by Bert Almon

The Truth Of Houses
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Where We Might Have Been
Reviewed by Bert Almon

the mile end café

The October Crisis, 1970 An Insider’s View/trudeau's Darkest Hour, War Measures In Time Of Peace, October 1970
Reviewed by Mélanie Grondin

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Image By Jean-philippe Marcotte

young readers

Captured: The Divided Realms Series, Book 1
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Into The Mist: The Story Of The Empress Of Ireland
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Milo: Sticky Notes And Brain Freeze
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Noni Says No
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Raffi’s New Friend
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Scaredy Squirrel Has A Birthday Party
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Today, Maybe
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Without You
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

The Origin Of A Person
Alvin R. Mahrer, Ph.d
paper 181 pp.
Howard Gontovnick Publications ISBN 9780968186565
non-fiction at a glance

The Origin of a Person
Doom in the Womb

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New Document In his recent book, Alvin R. Mahrer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, explains his distinctive approach to the analysis of personality, which he calls the “experiential approach.” The author maintains that the period from conception (approximately) to shortly after birth contains the origins of lifelong feelings, worries, troubles, behaviour, and so on – all of which constitute personality. While the alternative approach in psychotherapy sees events in the mother as “transmitted largely through the umbilical cord,” the experiential approach views them as “also happening in the baby.”

“The experiential approach departs from the alternative approach in that the parent can provide the infant with a relatively sophisticated personality even before what is called biological conception.” This is a “revolutionary” approach, according to Raymond Corsini in the sixth edition of Current Psychotherapies, that has far-reaching implications for the treatment of personality disorders. Professor Mahrer points out that the experiential approach could also have significant consequences for education, religion, and attitudinal change.

The book is a companionable introduction (for the layperson as well as for future parents) to an influential and pioneering approach on the making of a person.

Prosenjit Dey Chaudhury is a Montreal writer.