Top positive review
A challenging insight into the therapist's perspective of psychotherapy
14 January 2017
First things first - this is not a self-help book. If that is what you are looking for, you may be disappointed. Having said that, I found it challenging in places, in a way that was both thought provoking and helpful.
The book is written largely from the perspective of the therapist. Dr Yalom is candid in revealing his own thoughts and feelings as each case unfolds. He admits where he doesn't like or 'connect' with a client, but, as the therapy evolves, he allows us to see how his opinion and feelings towards them evolve. He shows how their personal endeavours to overcome their issues earn his genuine respect. In this way, he reveals the 'human' side of a health care professional. I appreciate that some reviewers did not gel with his style, but I found it intriguing and refreshing.
I am familiar with, and enjoy studying, the principle of psychology and psychotherapy, but this book gives the subject a totally different slant. Well worth a read.
Why 4 stars instead of 5? Maybe it is me, but I found one or two of the case histories to be light weight in comparison to the others. Whereas this did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book, it did feel a bit like padding.