Discriminatory abuse, neglect, physical abuse, psychological and emotional abuse, sexual abuse and verbal abuse - These are words that are slowly becoming prominent in conversations within our society today. So many demons to face and so many problems to address and overcome. Nonetheless because of psychologists much can be dealt with correctly and contained. This however doesn’t mean that psychologists don’t have a lot to deal with and have to overcome as human beings too.
Pre- launched on Wednesday the 1st of November 2017 , Peters Palace, Phase 4, Gaborone. ‘The Shrink’ is a fictional but realistic and insightful read which is currently available upon pre-order from Motswana owned publishing company ‘Biggles & Boggles’. It is a book based on Tebogo Harrison’s life, a young Motswana Psychologist. Recently returning home from her studies overseas she starts a new and exciting job as a Guidance and Counselling staff member at a local school, Mogwana High School within a city in Botswana. While the book is the story of a young woman who moves back from England with the hopes of forging a new life it presents challenges for this main character, challanges of which many can relate with and learn from within the realistic world.
Tegobo arrives at Mogwana High confident that her past is buried and forgotten. She immerses herself in her work, as ‘The Shrink’, taking each problem with elegant determination while dealing with work politics that include a challenging love triangle. Her job requires her to mend and heal the psychological wounds of others, address broken family issues and handling psychotic personas. The book narrates difficulties faced by this psychologist who carries the burdens of others as well as her own.
While Tebogo tries to juggle her new life, her past slowly comes back to haunt her - this complicates her life but forces her to confront and address her own old wounds. At the same time, she must outwit her nemesis before she is completely ruined.
‘The Shrink’ is a light hearted read, with little twists and a tinge of humor. It is a must read for parents with adolescents as well as teens who are struggling with changes in their lives. The book is crucial as it subtly puts forward issues of being misunderstood, abuse, low self-esteem and other challenges that young people may be faced with and afraid to share in today’s society.