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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014197544X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141975443
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
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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)

About the Author

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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I have mixed feelings about this book. Although beautifully written and I appreciated the brutal honesty, certain accounts (Marge) made me feel uneasy. It also had me thinking - am I giving away my power and responsibility when I believe in God, a higher being, in which case the whole 12 steps approach (leave things to a power greater than me) is obsolete. Just a couple of thoughts I had.
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Essential reading...I first discovered Yalom in 1999 and have bought this book to read again for a trip to France. So much learning even after 15 years as a practicing therapist
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This was on the reading list of my counselling course. a very good read and easy to follow such an interesting book
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Brilliant book, absolutely enjoyable read. It is funny, sad, uplifting, heartbreaking, everything.... The material is not light, on the contrary it is packed with deep thoughts and life lessons yet it reads so easily. I flew through this book in hours, I only wish it had lasted longer.
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Interesting, very interesting read. So glad I read that as it made me aware that it's ok to feel ' human' and 'imperfect' during the session with a client.
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Helpful, funny, sad, hopeful, magical, insightful, scary, useful, inspirational, deep, open, touching, page turner, and so much more and less depending on who you/we are...
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I loved this book, which helped me through Psychotherapy
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Great book, probably more for people who are therapists or psychologists though
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