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Love's Executioner: & Other Tales of Psychotherapy (Perennial Classics) Paperback – 1 Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

"New York Times"
Dr. Yalom demonstrates once again that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction.
"Washington Post Book World"
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.
"Los Angeles Times"
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.
"Chicago Tribune"
Here is the naked therapist, stripped of the armor of god-like omniscience, aware of his flaws.
"San Francisco Chronicle"
Inspired.... Yalom writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer.
"Newsday"
"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.
"Miami Herald"
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.
"Toronto Star"
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.
"Globe and Mail"
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.
"Sunday Herald" (Melbourne, Australia)
[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.
"Arkansas Democrat-Gazette"
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.
"Monterey County Herald"
[I]nsightful.
"Existential Analysis" (London)
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.
Rollo May
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.
Erica Jong
"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.
Bernie S. Siegel
These stories are wonderful. They make us realize that within every human being lie the pain and beauty that make life worthwhile.
Phillip Lopate
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.
Maggie Scarf
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.
Anthony Storr
Dr. Yalom is unusually honest, both with his patients and about himself.
Joanne Greenberg
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. " --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

About the Author

Irving D. Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.


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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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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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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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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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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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I picked this up more by accident than intent. I am not a therapist or similar merely an ordinary person with an interest in psychology.
This is so accessible and human that anyone can read it and gain something from it. The sincerity together with an understanding of human failings - his patients and his own - make it a joy to read.
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Love's Executioner is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It was engaging, interesting and I couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in two days. I also found it helpful in highlighting the therapeutic relationship, which students of psychotherapy will find helpful. Overall an excellent book!!!
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I rarely read books to the end, even those I like, but this had me gripped from start to finish.

Yalom makes interactions with his patients into riveting, detective story narratives wrapped in essential human needs and the essential fears and desires at the heart of nearly all of us (he says we all fear death for example).

He takes each patient (and us as viewers) on a sort of an absolutely enthralling intellectual ramble seeking the essence of the patients pain. He manages to eek out the most interesting characteristics from these stories and his insights into them are incredible. Interspersed in the accounts are interesting digressions into the process of psychotherapy; what it is for and what it aims to do.

For someone interested in psychotherapy (someone "psychologically minded" as he says) or into the deeper meaning of all of our lives journeys, this is juicy juicy stuff.
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