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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 014197544X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141975443
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Dr Yalom demonstrates once again that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction (Eva Hoffman New York Times)

These remarkably moving and instructive tales of the psychiatric encounter bring the reader into novel territories of the mind - and the landscape is truly unforgettable (Maggie Scarf)

Love's Executioner is one of those rare books that suggests both the mystery and the poetry of the psychotherapeutic process. The best therapists are at least partly poets. With this riveting and beautifully written book, Irvin Yalom has joined their ranks (Erica Jong)

Inspired ... He writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer (San Francisco Chronicle)

Dr Yalom offers a valuable insight into the delicate process of therapy (Sunday Telegraph)

Irvin Yalom writes like an angel about the devils that besiege us (Rollo May)

These stories are wonderful. They make us realize that within every human being lie the pain and the beauty that make life worthwhile (Bernie S. Siegel)

Dr Yalom is unusually honest, both with his patients and about himself (Anthony Storr)

Yalom is a gifted storyteller, and from the sound of these tales, a no-less-gifted psychotherapist (Los Angeles Times)

This is an impressive transformation of clinical experience into literature. Dr Yalom's case histories are more gripping than 98 percent of the fiction published today, and he has gone to amazing lengths of honesty to depict himself as a realistic flesh-and-blood character: funny, flawed, perverse, and, above all, understanding (Phillip Lopate)

I loved Love's Executioner. Dr Yalom has learned something that fiction writers learned years ago - that people's mistakes are a lot more interesting than their triumphs (Joanne Greenberg)

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Irvin D. Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. As well as an award-winning psychiatrist and psychotherapist, he is an extremely prolific author. His many other works include The Gift of Therapy, Staring at the Sun, When Nietzsche Wept, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychiatry, The Schopenhauer Cure, Lying on the Couch, Momma and the Meaning of Life, Existential Psychotherapy, I'm Calling the Police, Inpatient Group Psychotherapy, Every Day Gets a Little Closer and The Spinoza Problem.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 May 2014
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Freud's case studies have become famous not least because they are well written. There have also been arguments that they are largely fiction. Yet case studies often are fictionalised because there is a need to protect patient confidentiality. In the early pages of this book, Irvin D Yalom, explains this, suggesting nobody would guess the true identity of the patients stories he tells, with their permission.

In the first chapter, Yalom explains his own theoretical bent which is existentialist, stating:

"I focus on what is going at the moment between a patient and me rather than on the events of his or her past."

He has explored the fuller theoretical implications of this kind of therapy in more detail for therapists in his larger volume Existential Psychotherapy. But the chapter here gives a good brief account of this, which will suffice for most people. This is followed by the ten cases described.

Yalom is an excellent, literate, and, at times, even exuberant writer. There is an honesty which reveals itself in his descriptions of patients, which are not always flattering. In one, for example, he mentions he has a prejudice against fat women, and his description fully unravels the extent of it though at the end he does come to like the patient he has taken on. All through he examines his own feelings and what they might tell him about the patient in front of him, something a therapist often has to do. In this we get an excellent picture of what it is to be a therapist.

The details of patient symptoms are described, and make for fascinating reading rather like Oliver Sachs' neurological portraits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 May 2013
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I value Irvin D. Yalom's books on his psychotherapy work hugely, because the weight of his arguments go far outside the field of psychotherapy, and explore what the beingness of human entails. Much of what he explores in the one-to-one sessions can be translated into the relationship each of us has, firstly, with ourselves, and secondly, with 'the other'. This to me is the fascination of the existential approach : how we deal with these givens: isolation, meaninglessness, mortality and freedom.

These are not just problems for those society might perceive of as 'unwell' and needing help - they are the bedrock of being a self-conscious embodied being, and flow, like a deep river, more or less acknowledged and observed, through our day to day moment to moment lives

The wonderful and shocking title of the book refers to the role of therapy in helping us to see clear and live outside denial - the denial of the challenges of those four givens. The psychotherapist is here cast as the executioner of illusion - not of love itself, but the giddy, distorting, exhilarating, wondrous 'being in love' state. We all crave and enjoy this - but it is an illusory state, a kind of unreal, seductive, beautiful madness; it is intoxication, and is possibly the most potent of intoxicants. The broken illusions and despairs of the Western Romantic Tradition bring many into therapy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steph on 14 April 2014
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Having just read Stephen Grosz's book I was hungry for more. This did not disappoint. Utterly compelling at every step. And I was surprised and refreshed by Dr. Yalom's frank and open attitude about his own life and his response to his patients. Beautifully crafted recreations of therapy sessions. Literary and psychologically eye opening. I would highly recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Watts on 9 May 2014
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Incredibly insightful look into the world of therapy. Yalom is painfully honest at times and the stories themselves are incredibly powerful
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katrina on 2 May 2013
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Irvin Yalom blends psychological theory with a personal description of interesting cases. Filled with humour and hope, an interesting read for anyone who has a desire to learn more about how behaviour relates to experience and the possibility of changing for the better.
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Super book which Yalom clearly openly shares cases he's found challenging during therapy. He offers perspective of his thoughts and feelings during that therapy with patients, and explores the depth and place of transference. a must read for anyone who is involved with psychological therapy. I've happily shared it with a colleague to read already.
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Great book!
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By Dave on 3 April 2014
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Loved it! This book was so easy to read would like to read more like it. This really flickered an interest in me.
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