Monday, June 3, 2019

Book Review: 'Depression and the Immature Romance: The Secret Inner Battle of the Depressed Mind' by Roman Gelperin

Depression and the Immature Romance by Roman Gelperin


‘A human is born with a mind, but no knowledge of how it operates.’

New York author Roman Gelperin describes himself as ‘an author, biographer, philosopher, and forever a student of the human mind.’ He earned his BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. ADDICTION, PROCRASTINATION, AND LAZINESS was his debut in publishing, and now he adds DEPRESSION AND THE IMMATURE ROMANCE, increasing his 
influence in addressing the factors that disrupt our lives.

One of the many aspects that make Roman book so accessible to the reader is his quality of relating. In his Introductory comments he states, ‘The flash of insight that birthed this book came to me in late 2012, when – in my aspirations to become as psychological therapist (long since abandoned) – I was struggling to crack the puzzle of depression...Everything I read, and all the videos I watched on depression, simply didn’t go deep enough…there is nothing causeless in human psychology. And it was precisely these fleeting, unconscious, mental processes underlying depression – the secret inner churnings of the depressed mind – that I looked to unearth to truly understand it…That is how this book came about. I saw that now, I was able to give readers the knowledge I searched for but couldn’t find: A firsthand, introspective account of what takes place in the mind of a depressed person, and the way this produces his psychological symptoms.’

Roman organizes his book into sixteen parts – An overview of Depression, Symptoms and observations, causes. Treatments, Deconstructing depression, Grief following a parent’s death, The psychology of Shame: the Reproach Emotion, The immature romance, Secondary symptoms, Recurrent depression, Different types of depression and what cures them, Sadness in animals, Depression in animals. Drugs (antidepressants, psychedelics), and finally, The Introspective Microscope – the manner in which Roman approaches and delivers his insights and research into Depression and its etiology and treatment. 

Smart, pertinent and very useful, this little book is more than a self-help book (though it is that, too); this is a book that successfully combines psychology and philosophy. Recommended. 





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