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The Orange Prize winner Suzanne Berne is on familiar ground with her fifth novel examining life in an affluent American village. Littlefield, Massachusetts, is named one of the 10 best places to live in America. Curiously, it also houses an unusually high number of psychotherapists. Clarice Watkins, a sociologist from the University of Chicago, decides to study Littlefield to find out exactly what makes it such a good place to live. She arrives to find a town at war, split between those who want their dogs to be off the leash in the local park and those who object. Opinions become more polarised when someone starts poisoning dogs and an undercurrent of fear pulses through the community.

Cross Words: Stars in their eyes

Head to head Credible or credulous? Astrology is a useful tool, says Nicholas Campion, president of the Astrological Association. It's just a game, says novelist Fay Weldon

Tough love finds a way to beat heroin

Young addicts, skilled manipulators of parental love, need a change in strategy if they are to achieve a lasting cure. By Emma Cook

Letter: Therapist registers

Sir: Jack O'Sullivan, in his article "Far too long on the couch" (4 August), refers to the need for a respected regulatory framework for therapists in the mental health field; yet he fails to mention the two registration organisations that have been formed, precisely to protect the public.

Why do men kill their children?

This most tragic, illogical crime begs a vital question.

Health: It's all too much. I'm off to the pub

Postnatal depression is a woman's problem, isn't it? Wrong. It also hits new fathers. By Heather Welford

There's a hole in Dad's argument

A Family Affair- This Week: A Father And Son Talk About Their Revulsion And Enthusiasm For Body-Piercing

Obituary: Dr Charles Rycroft

CHARLES RYCROFT was one of British psychoanalysis's most lucid exponents and one of its severest critics. He produced several highly influential books including A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, which has been continuously in print since it appeared in 1968, and The Innocence of Dreams (also 1968), which he considered to be his finest work.

Counselling: How to make a career out of solving problems

So you want to be a counsellor. Rebecca John explains how to get started

Counselling Course: How to become a counsellor or psychotherapist

Training in counselling and psychotherapy is an area of growth for our curious society.

Abused lose out over false memory scares

ADULTS who were sexually abused as children are being refused the care they need because therapists are frightened of being sued or accused of planting false memories, according to new research.

As deadly as the male

This week, the charity Kidscape attributed the rise in physically aggressive behaviour among girls to 'Spice Power'. So are we really witnessing the demise of the gentler sex? Claire Seeber reports on the women who beat up their partners and the men who love them too much to hit back

Letter: Jonesboro shootings

IN the wake of the horrific events in Arkansas, it once again seems as if everyone is qualified to psychoanalyse the two adolescents and understand their every motivation. This forms a convenient channel through which they can expound their own theories about the collapse of society.

Help desk: Do I go back to my old firm?

Your work dilemmas solved by experts

Dilemas: Approach friendships in a spirit of giving, rather than taking

Gill finds she can make friends easily but constantly destroys the relationships by finding fault and sulking. She has had to reorganise her life socially and at work to avoid ex-friends she has hurt deeply. She says she was spoilt as an only child, but how can she stop this destructive behaviour?
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