Divorcing Mom: A Memoir of Psychoanalysis, with Melissa Knox

Episode 159 · April 30th, 2019 · 41 mins 46 secs

About this Episode

My guest is Melissa Knox. Her new memoir is Divorcing Mom: A Memoir of Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis was her family's religion instead of wafers and wine, there were Seconals, Nembutals, and gin. Baptized into the faith at fourteen, Melissa Knox endured her analyst's praise of her childlike, victimized mother who leaned too close, ate off Melissa's plate, and thought pedophile meant silly person. Gaslighted with the notions that she'd seduced her father, failed to masturbate, and betrayed her mother, Melissa shouldered the blame. Her story of a family pulled into and torn apart by psychoanalysis exposes the abuse inherent in its authoritarianism as Melissa learns, with a startling sense of humor and admirable chagrin, that divorcing Mom is sometimes the least crazy thing to do.