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Staring At The Sun: Being at peace with your own mortality by [Yalom, Irvin]

Staring At The Sun: Being at peace with your own mortality Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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"Philosophical it is, but never arid with theory. Its lively chapters are populated with patients whose raw angst Yalom refines into vignettes that are always enlightening and often quite moving." ( Washington Post, February 24, 2008)

The philosopher Martin Heidegger once remarked that we can live intensely only if we stare death in the face every moment of our lives. Bestselling psychiatrist Yalom (Love′s Executioner) attempts to put this principle into practice in a sometimes thoughtful, often repetitious book. Drawing on literature and film, as well as conversations with his patients, Yalom demonstrates how the fear of retirement, concerns about changing jobs or moving to another city, or changes in family status (such as the empty nest) are rooted in our deepest, most inescapable fear: of death. Yet, he says, this anxiety can prompt an awakening to life and help us realize our connections to others and our influence on those around us. Through such experiences we can transcend our sense of finiteness and transiency and live in the here and now. In a final chapter, Yalom offers instructions for therapists seeking to help their patients overcome death anxiety. Although in the 1980s Yalom, now 76, provided new insights into the human psyche with his innovative method of existential psychotherapy, this book recycles well–known philosophical insights, but Yalom′s humane, calm voice may bring them to a new audience. (Feb.) (Publishers Weekly, November 5, 2007)

"Staring at the Sun is neither textbook nor mere self–help. Philosophical it is, but never arid with theory. Its lively chapters are populated with patients whose raw angst Yalom refines into vignettes that are always enlightening and often quite moving." –– Washington Post

"So what to do about the dread of death? ... [Yalom′s] key prescriptions are true connections with others, a feeling one has lived well and "rippling" – having positive impacts and memories live on in others after you die. These deceptively obvious goals are, obviously, not easily attained: What thinking and feeling person truly lives a life with no regrets? But they are inarguably worthwhile ones." –– San Francisco Chronicle



"...Yalom′s humane, calm voice may bring them to a new audience." ( Publishers Weekly, November 5, 2007)

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Unlike many psychotherapists, Yalom writes like a dream OXFORD TIMES The idea that the anxiety of facing death can prompt an awakening to life strikes a powerful chord BOOKSELLER

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1176 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KZOXE0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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