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Psychologist Holly Schwartztol shines light on the collision of personal and professional ethics in new novel.

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Our psychological ethics are of utmost importance to us, yet there are times and circumstances when these may be compromised.

With their years of study of the human mind and helping people fix their problems, it would seem that professional psychologists have the answers to all of life’s questions and sticky situations. Psychologist Holly Schwartztol shines a light on female psychologists and how their professional lives affect their personal lives in her new novel “What We Tell.”

The book follows three women as their personal lives change and how their careers as psychologists affects their personal lives. When these two sides collide, it seems that the right answers are not so easy to find.

“Our psychological ethics are of utmost importance to us,” Schwartztol says, “yet there are times and circumstances when these may be compromised.”

“What We Tell” also explores the dynamics of female friendship and how they can evolve over time. While these women enjoy a close friendship, they do not necessarily tell each other everything. When what they choose to share and not share comes to light, it changes their lives and the dynamics of their relationship. What they choose to share may not be as important as what has been hidden.

“Even in the most intimate relationships, we may not really know all there is to know about our friends,” Schwartztol says.

The heart of “What We Tell” is its honest examination of the dynamics of friendship and how personal and professional lives collide. While we often choose to separate the two, they may be more intertwined than we would like. Schwartztol shows that obeying the command, “Physician, heal thyself,” is often much easier said than done.

“What We Tell”
By Holly W. Schwartztol
ISBN: 978-1-4759-6272-7(sc); 978-1-4759-6274-1(hc); 978-1-4759-6273-4 (e)
Paperback, $15.95
Hardcover, $25.95
Ebook, $3.99
Approximately 209 pages
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About the author
Holly W. Schwartztol has a PhD from the University of Miami and has practiced psychology for thirty years. She was the co-founder of the Miami Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and the Miami Institute of Expanding Light. She is also a past president of both the South Florida Writers Association and the Dade County Psychological Association. She is the author of “Sherry and the Unseen World.” Holly and her husband, Robert, have three children and two grandchildren.


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