Perspectives; Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Seth Kellerman (born August 9, 1949) is an American novelist, psychologist, and Edgar- and Anthony Award–winning author best known for his popular mystery novels featuring the character Alex Delaware, a psychologist who consults for the Los Angeles Police Department. Kellerman was born on the Lower East Side of New York City, his family relocating to Los Angeles when Jonathan was nine years old. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Ph.D in Psychology in 1974 and began working as a staff psychologist at the USC School of Medicine where he eventually became a full clinical professor of pediatrics. He opened a private practice in the early 1980s while writing novels in his garage at night. His first published novel, When the Bough Breaks, appeared in 1985 many years after writing and having works rejected. He then wrote five best selling novels while still a practicing psychologist. In 1990 he quit his private practice to write full-time. He has written more than 40 crime novels as well as non-fiction works and children’s books.

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“Just because others have it worse doesn’t mean you have to suffer in silence.”

“If you ask me, psychopaths are more talented than the rest of us… but they’re still psychopaths.”

"Don’t let anyone ever tell you different – psychotherapy is one of the most taxing endeavors known to mankind; I’ve done all sorts of work, from picking carrots in the scorching sun to sitting on national committees in paneled board rooms, and there’s nothing that compares to confronting human misery hour after hour and bearing the responsibility for easing that misery using only one’s mind and mouth."

“I saw this cartoon in the paper, once. That Viking, Hagar the Horrible? He’s standing on the mountaintop, holding his hands to the heavens, shouting “ Why me ?” And down from the heavens comes the answer: “ Why not ?” Maybe that’s the ultimate truth; what right to do I have to expect a smooth ride?”

“Her basic disposition was a good deal sunnier than mine. But I was a better faker.”

“The key to excellent report writing’ he said between chews, 'is to take every bit of passion out of it. Use an extra heaping portion of superfluously extraneous tautological redundancies in order to make it mind-numbingly boring. So that when one’s superior officers read it, they zone out and start skimming and maybe don’t notice the fact that one has been spinning one’s wheels since the body turned up and hasn’t solved a damn thing.”

“Making the best of a bad situation is the heart of creativity.”

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