Here Yalom introduces us to Paula, whose losing fight against cancer teaches us that fear is only one of the many colors that brighten our dying; to Irene, a skilled surgeon whose dreams provide tantalizing clues for the psychological gumshoe intent on discovering the irrational terror behind her impressive intellect; to Magnolia, the earth mother whose inexplicable paralysis and imaginary infestations seemed her body's way of punishing her for aspirations aimed too high; and to Momma herself, half protector, half mythological monster, guardian at the gates of the psychotherapist's own unconscious. And, opening up the case files of the fictional Ernest Lash, Yalom reminds us that psychiatrists, too, are human. Like Oliver Sacks, Yalom spins the labyrinth threads of consciousness into the rich tapestry of something much grander. Therapy is not for the weak of heart, doctor or patient; in these pages, the journey toward healing and self-awareness reveals itself to be not about passivity, but courage. --Patrizia DiLucchio --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This mixture of real and created case histories is first and foremost typical Yalom. It also allows a close up look at how Yalom works in the consulting room and as a writer: as he... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dr. med. Hans Steiner
Everything Yalom writes is like candy. I love reading his work. This book was thought provoking, insightful, entertaining and enjoyable. I can't wait to read more of his work!Published 2 months ago by Jamie
Fun, easy read. Maybe the most accessible Yalom book I've read. Full of moving short stories.Published 2 months ago by Christopher Ogle
I felt cheated! at the beginning I felt it was about the writer's Mother, after the first chapter it drifted into a series of his cases which was of no
interest for me... Read more
Yalom doesn't take prisoners- including holding himself up to scrutiny. Tales from psychotherapy.Published 3 months ago by Anne Buist
I have always really enjoyed Irvin Yalom's real life tales of psychotherapy. His honesty and willingness to share insights into his therapeutic process is inspiring. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ramatruda