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Love's Executioner : & Other Tales of Psychotherapy - Irvin Yalom

Love's Executioner

& Other Tales of Psychotherapy

Paperback Published: 5th June 2012
ISBN: 9780465020119
Number Of Pages: 285
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In his classic, bestselling work, the masterful therapist and novelist Irving Yalom describes his sometimes tragic, sometimes inspiring, and always absorbing encounters with patients

In this classic book, master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. With insight and sympathy, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into the personal desires and motivations of ten of his patients, but also tells his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too-human response with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Love's Executioner has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers already, and promises to inspire generations of readers to come.

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Sunday Herald (Melbourne, Australia) "[Yalom's] honesty can be unnerving ... Love's Executioner offers a tragic, deeply felt vision of the human condition. In demystifying the therapist-patient encounter, Dr. Yalom brings us into broader territory: he reminds us of our need for intimacy and trust and the struggle necessary to achieve them." Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "The vicissitudes of neurosis and its treatment have always provided irresistible material for dramatic narratives. In Love's Executioner Yalom demonstrates that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction." Monterey County Herald "[I]nsightful." Existential Analysis (London) "In Love's Executioner I marvelled at Yalom's courage in writing about therapeutic relationships which had not been a great success and also at his skill in bringing these encounters to life." Rollo May "Irvin Yalom writes like an angel about the devils that besiege us. These beautifully wrought true stories go way beyond therapy; they are incisive and moving tales of life, by a wise psychotherapist." New York Times "Dr. Yalom demonstrates once again that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction." Washington Post Book World "Like Freud, Yalom is a graceful and canny writer. The fascinating, moving, enervating, inspiring, unexpected stuff of psychotherapy is told with economy and, most surprising, with humor." Los Angeles Times "Yalom is a gifted storyteller, and from the sound of these tales, a no-less-gifted psychotherapist. He restores a sense of awe and mystery to an endeavor that all too often gets mired in the muck of jargon and categorization... In addition to bringing the reader up close to his patients, and to a process often (necessarily) cloaked in secrecy, he gives the reader an un-airbrushed picture of the therapist, warts and all." Chicago Tribune "Here is the naked therapist, stripped of the armor of god-like omniscience, aware of his flaws." San Francisco Chronicle "Inspired... Yalom writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer." Newsday "Love's Executioner is Yalom's wise, humane, stirring and utterly absorbing account of how 10 of his patients try to cope with what he calls 'existence pain' - the knowledge that death is inevitable, that each of us is ultimately alone, that life has no clear meaning, but that we nonetheless have the freedom 'to make our lives as we will'... Irvin Yalom's book is charged with hope and generosity of spirit." Miami Herald "By his honesty and literary talent, Yalom convinces us that these are, in his words, 'everyman, everywoman stories' and that in each of these 'crazies,' in my word, is a little bit of you and me." Toronto Star "Dr. Irvin Yalom ... bravely steps into this chaotic void in Love's Executioner ... [H]e brings understanding, order, and the 'feel' of the process of psychotherapy as few before him have done." Globe and Mail "Dr. Yalom's point is not to merely document psychological abnormality, it is to demonstrate that 'it is possible to confront the truths of existence and harness their power in the service of personal change and growth.' Read Love's Executioner, and weep."

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. xi
Love's Executionerp. 1
"If Rape Were Legal…"p. 59
"The Wrong One Died"p. 79
Fat Ladyp. 107
"I Never Thought It Would Happen to Me"p. 141
"Do Not Go Gentle"p. 149
Two Smilesp. 165
Three Unopened Lettersp. 187
Therapeutic Monogamyp. 215
In Search of the Dreamerp. 235
Afterword: On Rereading Lope's Executioner at Age Eightyp. 279
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780465020119
ISBN-10: 0465020119
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 11+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 285
Published: 5th June 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

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