Second Sight
by Judith Orloff, M.D.


Three Rivers Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-307-58758-9.
Reviewed by Linda Hoye
Posted on 04/03/2010

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration; Nonfiction: Creative Life

As a teen, Judith Orloff was sensitive, intuitive and frustrated. Her parents, both medical practitioners, discouraged her from talking about intuitive experiences. Confused and unable to make sense of what was happening to her, Judith rebelled. Her parents were desperate to help her get back on track and finally took her to see a psychiatrist, not realizing that this man would change the course of Judith's life.

Accepting of Orloff's intuition, the psychiatrist introduced her to Dr. Thelma Moss at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr Moss believed in Judith's intuitive abilities, tested them, and for the first time in her life Judith found validation. She spent a number of satisfying years working at the Institute, but eventually knew it was time to choose a life's work. To her parent's delight she was accepted into medical school where she studied to become a psychologist.

After graduation, her proud parents helped her set up an office and she began her career as a practicing therapist. Though her practice was successful, Orloff was frustrated at the ease with which the medical community dispensed medication at the first sign of behavior considered to be outside of the norm, and their blatant inability to accept that patients who presented with behaviors of premonition or intuition might having valid experiences.

Although her practice grew and everything about her life appeared to be successful, Orliff says "Still, in my quieter moments, I knew something was missing. I had left a part of me behind, though in no conscious way had I intended it."

When Orloff was forty years old, after she had been in practice for ten years, her mother became ill with cancer. As she began spending more time with her mother, who began to open up about the long lineage of intuitive females in the family. It was shocking to find out that she had come from a legacy of intuitive women, but it explained much, and Orloff found peace at long last.

Rather than continuing to suppress her gifting, Orloff began use intuition as a tool to enhance her work as a therapist, and became what she refers to as an intuitive psychiatrist.

This book is part memoir and part instruction manual and Orloff devotes the second part of the book to teaching. She maintains that we all have within us the ability to be intuitive using our dreams and by paying attention to our daily experiences.

While I may not agree with Orloff on everything, the book is interesting and opened my eyes to things I hadn't thought about before. If for no other reason, it was worth the time I took to read it.


Judith Orloff, M.D. is the author of the New York Times bestseller Emotional Freedom as well as the national bestsellers Positive Energy and Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing. She is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. Visit her website.

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