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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (1 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060958340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060958343
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,536 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."-New York Times "Like Freud, Yalom is a graceful and canny writer. The fascinating, moving, enervating, inspiring, unexpected stuff of psychotherapy is told with economy and, most surprising, with humor."-Washington Post Book World "Yalom is a gifted storyteller, and from the sound of these tales, a no-less-gifted psychotherapist. He restores a sense of awe and mystery to an endeavor that all too often gets mired in the muck of jargon and categorization... In addition to bringing the reader up close to his patients, and to a process often (necessarily) cloaked in secrecy, he gives the reader an un-airbrushed picture of the therapist, warts and all."-Los Angeles Times "Here is the naked therapist, stripped of the armor of god-like omniscience, aware of his flaws..."-Chicago Tribune "Inspired...Yalom writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer."-San Francisco Chronicle "Love's Executioner is Yalom's wise, humane, stirring and utterly absorbing account of how 10 of his patients try to cope with what he calls 'existence pain'-the knowledge that death is inevitable, that each of us is ultimately alone, that life has no clear meaning, but that we nonetheless have the freedom 'to make our lives as we will'...Irvin Yalom's book is charged with hope and generosity of spirit."-Newsday "By his honesty and literary talent, Yalom convinces us that these are, in his words, 'everyman, everywoman stories' and that in each of these 'crazies,' in my word, is a little bit of you and me."-Miami Herald "Dr. Irvin Yalom ... bravely steps into this chaotic void in Love's Executioner ... [H]e brings understanding, order, and the 'feel' of the process of psychotherapy as few before him have done."-Toronto Star "Dr. Yalom's point is not to merely document psychological abnormality, it is to demonstrate that 'it is possible to confront the truths of existence and harness their power in the service of personal change and growth.' Read Love's Executioner, and weep."-Globe and Mail "[Yalom's] honesty can be unnerving ... Love's Executioner offers a tragic, deeply felt vision of the human condition. In demystifying the therapist-patient encounter, Dr Yalom brings us into broader territory: he reminds us of our need for intimacy and trust and the struggle necessary to achieve them."-Sunday Herald (Melbourne, Australia) "The vicissitudes of neurosis and its treatment have always provided irresistible material for dramatic narratives. In Love's Executioner Yalom demonstrates that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction."-Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "[I]nsightful."-Monterey County Herald (California) "In Love's Executioner I marvelled at Yalom's courage in writing about therapeutic relationships which had not been a great success and also at his skill in bringing these encounters to life."-Existential Analysis (London) "Irvin Yalom writes like an angel about the devils that besiege us. These beautifully wrought true stories go way beyond therapy; they are incisive and moving tales of life, by a wise psychotherapist."-Rollo May "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 "These stories are wonderful. They make us realize that within every human being lie the pain and beauty that make life worthwhile."-Bernie S. Siegel "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 "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 "Dr. Yalom is unusually honest, both with his patients and about himself."-Anthony Storr "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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of many books, including Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, The Gift of Therapy, and When Nietzsche Wept. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By v harvey on 1 Jun. 2005
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If you like reading case histories, then this is the book for you. It is a series of case histories with Irvin Yaloms thoughts included as part of the narrative. It tells you what happened, what he was thinking while it happened, what he was aiming for with his responses and where he occasionally went wrong! As a trainee counsellor, I found this a very refreshing and honest read. I also found it useful as a loose guide for hints and tips. It may not be an ideal practical skills manual, but it was entertaining, thought provoking and a wonderful insight to existentialism. Like one of the other reviewers, it was on my required reading list for my course, and also like that reviewer, it is the only one I picked up and read cover to cover within a few days - it really made me care about the clients he wrote about and I wanted to see what happened to them - luckily Irvin Yalom tells you!
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec. 1999
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Only once in a while do you come across a book -- in a shop, library, or friend's collection -- and find that, within just a few lines, it's prose jumps out at you from the page, haunting you, until you posess and devour it for yourself. This is such a book.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Siobhan O'brien on 17 Feb. 2001
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what can I say, I have been training as a counsellor for three years and this is the first book which was on the college book list that I could not put down. The other books on the list are still unread in my bookcase. Though reading Yalom I now understand existentialism . It was wonderful, very easy to read. the book was delivered on Thursday and I finished it on Friday, which is amazing for me as I live in a household of 4 young children. Buy it tommorrow, I'm going to buy more copies for all my friends as I promised them they could read mine when I had finished with it but I'm afraid that I won't get it back so they will have to have their own copy. If anyone knows of an address where I can write to Irvin Yalom let me know. By the way I have just ordered the rest of his books
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2000
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For anyone who is training as a therapist or counsellor, undergoing therapy, or thinking of doing so, this book is a must-read. It describes case studies in absorbing detail, but it is also peppered with psychotherapeutic insights, so much so that it serves as a training manual for the trainee therapist. A brilliant work of psychology and literature.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Cassidy on 19 Nov. 2006
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This book was recommended to me by my tutor because i was having difficulty understanding existential counselling, not anymore!

Yalom writes honestly and beautifully about the client/counsellor relationship.

He is able to perfectly describe the therapeutic process each client goes through as well as being honest about the feelings each client envokes in himself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug. 1999
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In the last 10 years I read a lot about psychotherapy and most of the time I learned something new and useful. However, most often, the author would try to "sell you" his truth, his method as something truly superior to all the others. His method should be present in everybody's life like the water on our planet. Instead Dr. Yalom's book is full of stimulating doubts. The question we should ask ourselves to get our answers and live to the fullest. It's an honest, warm book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Wong on 7 Feb. 2009
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This is a great book! If you've wondered what the difference is between psychotherapy and counselling (even people in the field are not that sure), this book will give you some insight. If you're doing therapy and are discouraged or thinking 'am I wasting my time?' or 'is my job actually worth doing?', this is the book to read!

It describes what it is like to be human and how we seek to make our existence meaningful. Couldn't put the book down (metaphorically).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2009
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Yalom's book is in a way an excellent field guide for a junior therapist to use. It shows many of the issue a therapist grapples with, and how certain feelings, not last of all hubris makes the chances of therapy succeeding better or worse.

This book was recommended by a friend, who is now a practitioner and his high opinion was fully justified for me.

There are ten tales of different therapies Yalom was conducting (most of them appear to have happened simultaneously, or at least around the same time) and very different topics are covered. A sufficient description of the cases is given that one gets an idea of what was going on. Subesquently the author describes both his appreciation of the situation as well as how therapy progressed, to be followed by how it eventually ended. Some of the cases have a subsequent epilogue (one or several years later) explaining the long term success of the intervention.

My partner, a practitioner found it very good reading, and in my layman's eyes the book was still very good and interesting reading. I'd recommend it highly!
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