Creatures of a Day (inbunden)
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Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
224
Utgivningsdatum
2014-03-12
Förlag
Basic Books
Dimensioner
215 x 146 x 19 mm
Vikt
326 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780465029648
Creatures of a Day (inbunden)

Creatures of a Day

And Other Tales of Psychotherapy

Inbunden Engelska, 2014-03-12
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"All of us are creatures of a day," wrote Marcus Aurelius, "rememberer and remembered alike." In his long-awaited new collection of stories, renowned psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom describes his patients' struggles-as well as his own-to come to terms with the two great challenges of existence: how to have a meaningful life, and how to reckon with its inevitable end. In these pages, we meet a nurse, angry and adrift in a morass of misery where she has lost a son to a world of drugs and crime, and yet who must comfort the more privileged through their own pain; a successful businessman who, in the wake of a suicide, despairs about the gaps and secrets that infect every relationship; a newly minted psychologist whose study of the human condition damages her treasured memories of a lost friend; and a man whose rejection of philosophy forces even Yalom himself into a crisis of confidence. Their names and stories will linger long after the book's last page is turned. Like Love's Executioner, which established Yalom's preeminence as a storyteller illuminating the drama of existential therapy, Creatures of a Day is funny, earthy, and often shocking; it is a radically honest statement about the difficulties of human life, but also a celebration of some of the finest fruits-love, family, friendship-that life can bear. We are all creatures of a day. With Yalom as a guide, we can find in this book the means not just to make our own day bearable, but meaningful-and perhaps even joyful.
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"In a profession that exists exclusively behind closed doors, it's rare and precious to get a real peek through the window to witness the raw power of the therapeutic process... This book is the best of its kind I've read to date, offering a tender and credible look behind the curtain, through a powerful series of vignettes." --PsychCentral "Creatures of a Day serves as something of a companion volume to Love's Executioner, again offering 10 revealing and creatively crafted clinical case studies of real people... Throughout, Yalom is wise and well-read, citing passages from Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marcus Aurelius, Yeats and Greek mythology... Through Yalom's gentle wisdom, expertise and leading -- coupled with dream recognition and patients taking him through the minutiae of a day in their lives -- bonding and healing occurs... [He] welcomes each new case and patient dilemma with an analytical mind, personal empathy and an innate curiosity that drives and shapes the two-person narrative dramas that fill this book." --Shelf Awareness "Personal, honest, sensitive, and respectful, Yalom, now in his 80s, describes frustration and mistakes amid much success. His combination of confidence and humility shows how these qualities work in psychotherapy -- a process too often burdened with theory and/or mystique... This book will inspire therapists at any stage along with lay readers intrigued by the psyche, relationships, and the possibilities of change." --Library Journal (starred review) "[Yalom] writes amiably, certainly sympathetically, and always wisely from his point of view as an octogenarian therapist who has seen it all -- well, maybe almost all -- and who has some useful thoughts about the mysteries of the mind... [He] offers plenty of pointers for up-and-coming therapists and does so without staking out ideological territory in the ongoing battles among post-Freudians, post-Jungians, and post-everyone-elsians. A humane, highly knowledgeable glimpse of the therapist's couch." --Kirkus Reviews "Reading these tales is like having a quiet chat with someone who has had a very interesting day. There is no scholarly effort needed; the stories speak for themselves. They also offer a dividend -- greater insight into life in general and perhaps a situation in particular, with some pretty vivid characters along for the journey." --Buffalo News "[Creatures of a Day is] a book that circles around the crisis of our mortality and finds redemption in our capacity for growth, in love and in language... [Yalom] tempers his admissions of his shortcomings with a confident narrative voice and a generous attitude toward both himself and his patients." --Palo Alto Weekly "Like Love's Executioner, which established Yalom's preeminence as a storyteller illuminating the drama of existential therapy, Creatures of a Day is funny, earthy, and often shocking; it is a radically honest statement about the difficulties of human life, but also a celebration of some of the finest fruits -- love, family, friendship -- that life can bear. We are all creatures of a day. With Yalom as a guide, we can find in this book the means not just to make our own day bearable, but meaningful -- and perhaps even joyful." --Between the Covers blog "Yalom presents case histories like puzzles needing to be solved, stories in which Detective Yalom reveals his methodology while highlighting the sometimes frustrating yet ultimately fascinating uncertainties of his profession... [T]his is a wizard who pulls back his own curtain, allowing readers an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the elusive therapeutic process." --Barnes & Noble Review "A quarter of a century ago, I wrote a review in the Tribune of Yalom's first book for the general public, Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy, a similar collection of case studies. What struck me then and what strikes me now with his latest

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Dr Irvin Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He has won two major awards from the American Psychiatric Association. He continues to run his clinical practice and lectures widely.

Innehållsförteckning

1. The Crooked Cure 2. On Being Real 3. Arabesque 4. Thank You, Molly 5. Don't Fence Me In 6. Show Some Class for Your Kids 7. You Must Give Up the Hope for a Better Past 8. Get Your Own Damn Fatal Illness: Homage to Ellie 9. Three Cities 9. Creatures of a Day