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Psychologist Dr. Will Cupchik’s latest book, published in May 2015, and titled THE ROPE TRICK: CLOSE YOUR EYES AND OPEN YOUR MIND TO BETTER KNOW YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, offers what may be the ultimate, original mental imagery exercise [that he has termed The Rope Trick and] that can reveal the current state of one of your relationships in just minutes and also describes how to properly interpret the imagery experience.

The Rope Trick mental imagery exercise was created by Dr. Will in the early 1970s, and he spent nearly five years investigating its effectiveness for his PhD dissertation in counseling psychology at the University of Toronto. This book describes in easy to understand detail why and how the Rope Trick works. Psychiatrist Dr. Barry Simon calls it "a powerful, simple strategy that has been researched as well. Try it yourself and cut through to the heart of your relationship in under a minute."
One of Dr. Will's most important findings was that our unconscious minds provide insights into our relationships via the Rope Trick because they recognize that the characteristics and functions of the ‘ropes’ imagined likely represent the current state of our ‘relationships’. This is in large part because every word and phrase that might be used to describe the characteristics and functions of a rope are the very same words and phrases that can be used to describe the characteristics and functions of a relationship. For example, 'long' or 'short', 'thick' or 'thin', 'weak' or 'strong', 'flexible' or 'rigid', 'colorful' or 'bland', 'bound together', 'tying the knot', 'unravelling', 'breaking apart', etc…… are all words and phrases that can be descriptive of the characteristics and functions of both particular ropes and relationships - and our unconscious minds recognize this fact automatically. 

In this book, Dr. Will presents the Rope Trick mental imagery exercise in full and offers many examples of relationships in various states of good and poor repair and how they are represented by the characteristics and functions of the ropes that were imagined by the users of this exercise. 


this website also introduces you to Dr. Cupchik as the Head of the Cupchik Center For The Assessment And Treatment of Atypical Theft Offenders.  He has been a Registered Psychologist for over 35 years and a 'life member' of the American Psychological Association, Canadian Psychological Association, and the Ontario Psychological Association, and has belonged to all three organizations for more than 35 years.  Much of his clinical focus for over 40 years has been the fascinating area of seemingly bizarre and/or nonsensical acts of shoplifting and other acts of theft. Such cases are too frequently mis-labeled as instances of 'kleptomania' and, as a result, these theft offenders may not only be mis-diagnosed but also mis-treated (very often with medication). Then predictable instances of additional stealing may well occur, and the offenders' personal, social and even working/professional life may impacted, sometimes even to the point that they may lose their jobs or their licenses to continue practicing their professions could be revoked.  Dr Cupchik's 20-session Intensive Intervention Program was developed and refined by him over the past two decades and his two books, WHY HONEST PEOPLE SHOPLIFT OR COMMIT OTHER ACTS OF THEFT [published in 2002] and his latest book in the area, titled WHY USUALLY HONEST PEOPLE STEAL [published in 2013]  offer a great deal of useful information to these theft offenders, their lawyers and the mental health professionals [psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, etc...].

His upcoming book, tentatively titled A CLINICAN'S MANUAL, [expected to be published in late 2015] is specifically intended for experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and other mental health professionals who wish to help these Atypical Theft Offenders  cease their stealing and avoid such potentially damaging negative consequences.