Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist's Memoir

In this honest and witty debut, Daniel J. Tomasulo chronicles and confesses his childhood delusions, his particularly challenging experiences as a parent, and his life as a psychologist. His memories of being a kid–controlling streetlights, avoiding any foods with seeds lest he get pregnant, enduring his mother´s cold love–are vivid, and his life as a parent is riddled with dilemmas. To start, he finds himself locked in a rubber–walled hospital room while his wife is in labor, and later he faces the necessity of giving mouth–to–mouth to his daughter´s suffocating Raggedy Ann doll. As a professional who specializes in the highly personal, he traces the unusual and illuminating connections between his own life and evocative scenes from the lives of his patients.

With refreshing candor and laugh-out–loud humor, Tomasulo explores the elusive magic of childhood, the complications of parent–child relationships, and the lasting significance of the everyday.

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Reviews

“With tremendous clarity and wisdom, Daniel Tomasulo has crafted a memoir at once heartbreaking and uplifting. Layers of time and memory—childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle age—are so beautifully revealed here, a trenchant reminder that our pasts are alive inside of us. There are psychologists who can write, and writers who can psychologize, but rarely have the two met on the page with such moving, profound results.”

…Tomasulo is at his finest as a therapist. In the chapters where he interacts with patients, he handles sensitive subjects with genuine affection and just the right amount of humor.   Read more

“Disquietingly funny, stuffed with entertaining details and penetrating insights.”