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September 30 , 2018

Shrinkwrapped: my first fifty years on the couch

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“Grossman has spent dozens of years and thousands of dollars talking to shrinks—
so we don’t have to. “Just when you know you have to give up on life,” concludes
Grossman, “It turns around and bathes you in its goodness.” Read this; maybe there
is enough sunshine to go around!”—William T. Merkel, PhD, ABPP Diplomate in
Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology Co-author of One
Family, Two Family, New Family: Stories of Advice for Step families
“Shrinkwrapped describes Michal Grossman’s progress as a patient moving from the
“not I” to the “I am” state. The consciousness he has developed allows him to share
his truly rewarding journey with the world.”
—Dr. Anneliese Widman, PhD Author of: My Female My Male, Myself and God: A
Modern Woman in Search of her Soul; Rage at God: Ascending to Reunion; Aquarian
Amazon; When Spirit Takes Over and Unleashing Satan’s Grip: Psychological and Spiritual
“...widely praised for its insights of psychotherapy.”
Michigan State University Book Review Newsletter
Perhaps the world’s longest coming-of-age story, Shrinkwrapped shows how one man’s
search for a better life worked—at last.
In a blue-collar Michigan town where corporal punishment was seen as positive
parenting, troubled families rarely sought professional help. But Michael Grossman’s
teachers sent him to see a Freudian psychoanalyst at age 7. It was the first of a parade
of therapies that would include Rogerian bear-hugs, Gestalt dream analysis, Rolfing,
Bioenergetics and even LSD.
Sitting beside Michael on a succession of “shrinks’” couches, the reader follows his
progress through one defense after another until he finally achieves a joyful capacity to
care for others. Untangling the complex, sometimes eccentric and other times abusive
family relationships that enmeshed his Midwestern boyhood in the mid-20th century,
the author finally faces fundamental truths that lead to a profound transformation.
By turns funny, poignant and shocking, Shrinkwrapped is a story of hope, of growing
insight and ultimately of love reborn.

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