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Existential Psychotherapy - Irvin Yalom

Existential Psychotherapy

Hardcover Published: 17th November 1980
ISBN: 9780465021475
Number Of Pages: 544

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Existential therapy has been practiced and continues to be practiced in many forms and situations throughout the world. But until now, it has lacked a coherent structure, and analysis of its tenets, and an evaluation of its usefulness. Irvin Yalom, whose Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has rendered such a service to that discipline since 1970, provides existential psychotherapy with a background, a synthesis, and a framework.

Organized around what Yalom identifies as the four “ultimate concerns of life”—death, freedom, existential isolation, and meaninglessness—the book takes up the meaning of each existential concern and the type of conflict that springs from our confrontation with each. He shows how these concerns are manifested in personality and psychopathology, and how treatment can be helped by our knowledge of them.Drawing from clinical experience, empirical research, philosophy, and great literature, Yalom has written a broad and comprehensive book.

It will provide an intellectual home base for those psychotherapists who have sensed the incompatability of orthodox theories with their own clinical experience, and it opens new doors for empirical research. The fundamental concerns of therapy and the central issues of human existence are woven together here as never before, with intellectual and clinical results that will surprise and enlighten all readers.

About the Author

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the 1974 Edward Strecker Award and the 1979 Foundation's Fund Prize in Psychiatry. He is the author of When Nietzche Wept (winner of the 1993 Commonwealth Club gold medal for fiction), Love's Executioner, Every Day Gets a Little Closer (with Ginny Elkin), and the classic textbooks Inpatient Group Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Deathp. 27
Life, Death, and Anxietyp. 29
The Concept of Death in Childrenp. 75
Death and Psychopathologyp. 110
Death and Psychotherapyp. 159
Freedomp. 215
Responsibilityp. 218
Willingp. 286
Isolationp. 351
Existential Isolationp. 353
Existential Isolation and Psychotherapyp. 392
Meaninglessnessp. 417
0p. 419
1p. 461
Epiloguep. 485
Notesp. 487
Indexp. 513
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ISBN: 9780465021475
ISBN-10: 0465021476
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 17th November 1980
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3  x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1

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Irvin D. Yalom

About the Author


Irvin D. Yalom is emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. 

The author of two definitive psychotherapy textbooks, Dr Yalom has written several books for the general reader, including Momma and the Meaning of Life and Love’s Executioner, collections of true and fictionalised tales of therapy; Staring at the Sun; and the novels When Nietzsche Wept; The Schopenhauer Cure, and The Spinoza Problem. Dr Yalom has an active but part-time private practice in Palo Alto and San Francisco, California.

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