Child of shrinks recalls his childhood in memoir

Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:36pm EDT
 
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By Zachary Goelman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Micah Toub's parents were both psychologists and his childhood had more than a few experiences normally reserved for the analyst's chair, leaving him to wonder if he was psychologically scarred.

Toub, a Toronto Globe and Mail columnist, recounts his parents' particular approach to his upbringing in his new memoir "Growing Up Jung."

"When I'm talking with people, and it comes out that my parents are both psychologists, they'll usually say something like, 'but you're so well adjusted!'" Toub, 33, told Reuters in a telephone interview from Toronto.

As a child, Toub endured his parents' penchant for dream analysis, a field of therapy pioneered by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, around the breakfast table.

"It's good that I died in your dream, Micah," his father told him, Toub writes in the book. "That means you're integrating your inner father."

Toub recalls playing basketball with his father and listening to the psychologist explain Jung's concept of 'synchronicity,' and the importance of following one's Tao.

As a child, Toub suffered from ear infections. At one point his mother asked him if his ear pain called to mind any images. He said he pictured a pink balloon.

"What would it feel like to be a pink balloon?" she asked.   Continued...