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Love's Executioner

& Other Tales of Psychotherapy
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Basic Books
 | 
June, 2012
ISBN:
9780465020119
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$22.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This is the 1989 bestseller that “demonstrates once again that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction.” —New York Times. In it, the fascinating, moving, enervating, inspiring, unexpected stuff of psychotherapy is told with economy, warmth, and wit.

In these ten utterly absorbing tales, a master psychotherapist uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. And, in recounting his patients’ dilemmas—the hopeless nostalgia of Thelma, who is possessed by a long-past love affair; the growing self-awareness of Carlos as he attempts to escape from the inevitability of his terminal illness—Dr. Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his very human responses with his responsibility as a psychiatrist.

Though these tales of psychotherapy abound with the words patient and therapist, do not be misled by such terms: these are everyman, everywoman stories.... We psychotherapists simply cannot cluck with sympathy and exhort patients to struggle resolutely with their problems. We cannot say to them you and your problems. Instead, we must speak of us and our problems, because our life, our existence, will always be riveted to death, love to loss, freedom to fear, and growth to separation. We are, all of us, in this together.

Yalom has written a new afterword to this new edition.

Publisher’s Description: 
The collection of ten absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Not since Freud has an author done so much to clarify what goes on between a psychotherapist and a patient.

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