We're All Dead Inside. This Therapist Says He Has the Key to Resurrection

A paranoid, psychotic mother wreaked havoc with Dr. Yair Caspi’s psyche. After years of grappling with that trauma, he developed a therapeutic approach that differs radically from methods used in contemporary psychology. It stresses the need to recognize talents that we mistakenly thought of as flaws

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Dr. Yair Caspi.
Dr. Yair Caspi.Credit: Emil Salman
Shany Littman
Shany Littman
Shany Littman
Shany Littman

At the age of 25, Yair Caspi thought he had met his future wife. In his words, she was a “sweet, lovely” girl from Kiryat Gat. On their second date, he invited her to a studio recording of a humorous radio program he had co-created with the entertainers Dudu Topaz and Dudu Dotan. He thought Rachel would be impressed by the humor and charisma he expected to display in the show, and also by his bohemian friends. That event, he was certain, would “finish the story.” After the program, Caspi and Rachel strolled through the streets of Jerusalem and sat down at a scenic spot. “And then she said, ‘I can’t go on seeing you.’ ‘Why not?’ I asked, and she said, ‘Because there is something dead inside you.’ I was thunderstruck.”

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