Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

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Basic Books, 1999 - Psychology - 247 pages
As the public grows disillusioned with therapeutic quick fixes, people are looking for a deeper psychotherapeutic experience to make life more meaningful and satisfying. What really happens in therapy? What promises and perils does it hold for them?No one writes about therapy - or indeed the dilemmas of the human condition - with more acuity, style, and heart than Irvin Yalom. Here he combines the storytelling skills so widely praised in Love’s Executioner with the wisdom of the compassionate and fully engaged psychotherapist.In these six compelling tales of therapy, Yalom introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Paula, who faces death and stares it down; Magnolia, into whose ample lap Yalom longs to pour his own sorrows; Irene, who learns to seek out anger and plunge into it. And there’s Momma, old-fashioned, ill-tempered, who drifts into Yalom’s dreams and tramples through his thoughts. At once wildly entertaining and deeply thoughtful, Momma and the Meaning of Life is a work of rare insight and imagination.

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Six long psychotherapy narratives—four based on actual cases, two fictional—that comprise a worthy sequel to the author's bestselling Love's Executioner: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy (1989 ... Read full review

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Psychiatrist and gifted storyteller Yalom (Love's Executioner) returns with six engaging tales of psychotherapy. In this collection, which includes two fictional narratives, Yalom explores his own ... Read full review


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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 .

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