As a psychologist, I’ve always been intrigued by the genius/insanity myth. The truth is most highly gifted individuals are pretty well-adjusted. In fact, there are data suggesting they’re better adjusted than everyone else. But what if…it’s all about the what-if.

In this one I continued to plumb the themes that have preoccupied my professional life as a psychologist and novelist: family psychopathology in Southern California, the hazards of ignoring the past, the corrupting influence of power and money. The book was a best-seller during the year of its initial publication, 1987, and to my amazement, it jumped back on the list in 2003. Alex Delaware functions here, as the consummate professional, and many readers told me EDGE offered them an insider’s view of the world of psychotherapy.

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