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The Schopenhauer Cure

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  5,242 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work -- and seeks out Philip Slate, a sex addict whom he failed to help some twenty years earlier. Yet Philip claims to be cured -- miraculously transformed by the pessimistic teachings of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer -- ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2005)
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Glenn Russell

This book receives a five star rating not because the author is on the level with Vladimir Nabokov or Leo Tolstoy, but because this novel is a real page-turner and teaches as great deal about two topics: the dynamics of group psychotherapy and the illustrious nineteenth century philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer. Highly recommended! Take this book with you when you travel by airplane or train and your six hour trip will seem like forty-five minutes. The Schopenhauer Cure is that riveting.

The novel
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Farnoosh Farahbakht
با خوندن این کتاب میشه با یه تیر چند تا نشون زد، در کنار خوندن یک رمان جذاب با گروه درمانی در روانشناسی و تفکر و زندگی یکی از بزرگترین فلاسفه جهان "آرتور شوپنهاور" آشنا شد.
کتاب به دو بخش اصلی تقسیم میشه "زندگینامه شوپنهاور" و جلسات روان درمانی شخصی به نام فلیپ که از نظر تفکر رونوشت شوپنهاور هست و توانسته با استفاده از آموزه های فلسفی شوپنهاور بر مشکل اعتیاد جنسی خودش غلبه کنه. در کتاب سعی بر این بوده که ریشه بدبینی و انسان گریزی شوپنهاور را با بررسی زندگینامه اش پیدا کند و این مشکلات را برای رون
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Abailart
Irvin Yalom, The Schopehahauer Cure

This is a lovely novel. Its apparently ridiculous ending is not so: it is a wink from the other side of the grave, a fatuous and caring slice of the humour by which we warm ourselves against death, perhaps Schopenhauer’s wink and rare shy smile. In fact, it is a brilliantly constructed novel of ideas. It’s theatrical in that most of the action takes place in a group therapy session, one set (with moveable furniture it turns out), and theatrical in its drawing o
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James
This is a novel of ideas by Irvin D. Yalom. Given its' title the publisher decided that it would be useful to add the words "a novel" at the top of the front cover; presumably so that it would not be confused with self-help psychology or philosophy texts.
The "novel" portrays the operation of group therapy under the direction of Julius Hertzfeld, an experienced therapist, at the center of the novel. But it also contains contrasting chapters highlighting the life and thought of Arthur Schopenhauer
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Athena
“Would you wiling to repeat the precise life you have lived again and again throughout eternity?”

Being confronted with cancer and his own death the psychotherapist Julius Hertzferd, try to re-examine his life and work. For reasons that he cannot clearly understands he seeks out Philip Slate, a sex-addict and old patient, which he failed to help. Philip, now a doctor of philosophy, claims to have been cured with the help of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. He says that he wants to be a philos
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Jennifer
Schopenhauer Cure is a book that lives right at the corner of book nerd street and therapy nerd avenue. I gave it 4 stars because, coincidently, I live on that same corner. Irvin Yalom is more or less the reigning Godfather of group therapy and has written extensively in the field, both in educational theory/practice and fictional "teaching novels". A lot of my appreciation for this novel had to do with reading it for class in conjunction with Yalom's text book "Theory and Practice of Group Ther ...more
Wendy
I know a book was good when I miss the characters for a few days after I finish the book.
Ehsan Jafarkhani
تمیتونم انکار کنم که به طرز عجیبی شیفته ی نوشته های اروین یالوم شده ام و ارتباط دقیقی با آثارش برقرار میکنم واسه همین شاید اظهارنظرم در مورد این نویسنده همراه با کمی تعصب باشه. در هرحال در مورد کتاب درمان شوپنهاور نوشته ی اروین یالوم و ترجمه سپبیده حبیب باید بگم رمانی بسیار سلیس و در عین حال عمیق و دقیق هست که هر دوستدار فلسفه و روان درمانی رو به خودش جذب میکنهو. در این کتاب خواننده علاوه بر شناخت مختصر و دقیق و بدون غرضی که از فیلسوف بزرگ شوپنهاور پبدا مبکنه بسیار ظریف با اندیشه ی روان درمانی ا ...more
Tiger
The characters were such unlikable jerks it was difficult to sludge through the stooopid plot ... much much better were the biographical chapters about Herr Schopenhauer's life and times!

And the dialogue! Who talks like that? But I suppose it is likely that people in therapy groups might babble like that. The author is talented but could use a lot more humor and media references to spice up the text. I would have liked to see how Britney Spears changed the group's dynamics for example. Or maybe
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Kaloyana Slavova
Авторът смята, че психотерапията и философията могат да стигнат по-лесно и да са по-полезни на хората, ако са под формата на художествена литература. И въпреки че не е новатор в това, а е взаимствал този подход от Камю и Сартър, се е получило. Разбира се, неговите романи са далеч от литературата на Камю и Сартър. Доста по-съвременно, но и доста по-скромно откъм литературна претенция. Обаче, според мен, се е получила една много интересна и полезна книга за всички, които имат разни психологически ...more
Dajana J.
Whenever I love a book way to much or when a book leaves me with such great love about it, I'm too overwhelmed to organize my thoughts and I just start of saying "I can't find the words to tell you how much I love this book!" and that is true, really. But today I have so many things to say that I'm afraid my very simple words won't even get close to describe and tell you how much this book means to me. I'm sure saying "I love this book" won't be strong enough or big enough or anywhere close to w ...more
Christy
I absolutely adore Irvin Yalom. He manages to mix philosophical contemplation with psychological analysis while narrating a fantastic story that was actually almost a tear-jerker in the end. This book is absolutely perfect.

As for the plot, a former sex offender claims to have cured himself on the philosophies of Schopenhauer, although his skeptical therapist is unconvinced, offering to swap his own group therapy for a consideration of this magical cure.

There's nothing I could change or criticize
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Maru
The Schopenhauer Cure was a great novel with the added bonus of also providing very insightful lessons on psychotherapy and philosophy. I applaud Irvin D. Yalom for writing novels about psychotherapy, I really think the idea is genius, as this is a therapy that dives deep into the nature of human beings and their psyche. By writing about this type of therapy, there is a lot of potential for three dimensional characters, detailed plot, and interweaving story lines and Yalom definitely delivers in ...more
Suriname Bokmal
This was really interesting. It follows a therapy group, and is mostly centered around the therapy sessions. The main character, the group's therapist Julius has cancer and the group has about one year of weekly sessions ahead of them at the start of the book. The group's newcomer, the titular Shopenhauer fan Philip, who has a doctoral degree in philosophy, is the group's black sheep. He claims that what Julius wasn't able to cure with a three year long, classic Freudian analytical therapy, he w ...more
Nicole
"One can never read too little of bad, or too much of good books: bad books are intellectual poison; they destroy the mind."

— Arthur Schopenhauer, 'On Books and Reading', Essays of Schopenhauer

It surprises me that a book with Schopenhauer in the title should leave itself open to such extreme Schopenhauerian criticism. Obviously any novel would fall into a category that was despised in its entirety by Schopenhauer (who lumps together 'political or religious pamphlets, novels, poetry, and the li
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Temz
Изцелението (на) Шопенхауер“ (не се подвеждайте по корицата) е четиво, въвеждащи ви не само в тайната на психотерапията, но и на собствената ви същност. Песимизмът среща обичта, докато не се достигне до максимата „Дадеш ли нещо истинско, ще получиш същото в замяна.“ Ървин Ялом ще ви предложи достатъчно истинско четиво (макар и изкривени през призмата на художествената измислица, поведенческите пространства на героите му са базирани на реални истории), което ще запази в тайна страховете ви, но и ...more
Петър Панчев
Психотерапията на Ялом или как Шопенхауер отговаря на екзистенциални въпроси
Цялото ревю тук: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.com/2015/...

„Още приживе Шопенхауер е всеизвестен със своята ярост: към финансистите, които управляват вложенията му, към издателите, които не съумяват да продадат книгите му, към дръвниците, които дръзват да го заговорят, към двуногите, които се смятат за негови равни, към онези, които кашлят по време на концерт, и към пресата, която го пренебрегва. Но най-неудържима и пламе
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Robespierre Cat
(maybe this has something you might find a spoiler)
When I started this work I had several things on my mind. Interestingly it allowed me to process them. Or some of them. I've confronted jarring realizations of mortality, failure in some relating, and a desire to understand or evolve aspects of myself over the past few years. That may be universal, for me it was accelerated by ill health. So I appreciate that this book of Yalom's is about a group therapy setting, several people confronting them
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J
Great premise but poorly structured. Jumps from one character to another without every going back or providing closure.
Some characters become major players and others do not - but its not clear who will be which and it varies from section to section.
I found the chapters on Schopenhauer's life and philosophy distracting - they didn't mirror the plot of the book but didn't serve it either. It felt like every other chapter was an aside or commercial rather than adding breadth or depth to the plot
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Miguel Teles
It was a good idea but was poorly developed.

I like Schopenhauer, had some tiny notions of his main philosophy and had some tiny notions about his difficult character and biography. That was one of the reasons why this book attracted me. On the other hand, all the subject of psychoanalysis and the idea of philosophical therapy also was quite interesting to me, and made me give it a chance. Disillusion is the final sentiment, but I’ll give you the bad and then the good things about the general re
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DROPPING OUT
Reading Schopenhauer's Cure was a bit of a walk down memory lane for me. There was an English teacher at my high-school who was known to be a somewhat difficult person. (In retrospect I can see he was not "difficult" but "challenging" the students to go beyond the superficial.) I had him in class one day as a substitute teacher, where he lived up to his reputation. He pointedly asked me a question that required more than a yes-or-no answer, but reflection and then articulation of one's views. Wh ...more
Fabrizio
Un ottimo romanzo che unisce approfondimento culturale e riflessione. Viene riproposta la figura del grande filosofo tedesco Arthur Schopenhauer, attraverso lo studio della sua filosofia ad opera di un paziente sessuomane (che la utilizzerebbe per curarsi, da qui il titolo del romanzo) in cura presso uno psichiatra che da poco ha scoperto di essere vittima di un tumore che non gli lascerà più di sei mesi di vita. I temi del significato della vita, del rapporto ed equilibrio dell'uomo con il suo ...more
Mihai Stanescu
It's a good psychotherapy book especially for those dealing with the anxiety of life and society. It gives the reader a good insight into Schopenhauer's way of looking at things even though I feel that Yalom is rather partial into classifying said way of thinking as unhealthy. Who can judge it though? Would Schopenhauer have been known today were he to be a jock?

The characters are interesting, especially Philip and even though the times he actually speaks are rare, every dialogue between the ot
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Ashley Lowe
This is the third Irvin Yalom book I've read in the last few months. The more I read, the more I am addicted. He turns philosophy, psychology, and even a vipassana meditation retreat into page-turning, emotionally engaging fiction. Reading his books is almost like going through therapy myself. Somehow, Yalom invokes some of the most pessimistic, miserable philosophers ever living, and uses their ideas and lives as inspiration to write life-affirming stories.

This particular book stars a characte
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Mahad
روش شرح داستان واضح و روون بود.كتاب مخلوطي از روانشناسي و فلسفه و روش درماني به نام گروه درماني است. به نظر من كتاب خوب جلو ميره و جايي كه فيليپ جواب سوال "فيليپ كيه ؟"رو ميده به اوج ميرسه. ولي تو بخش اخر كتاب شاهد پايان ضعيفي هستيم، هرچند توي اين كتاب و اين دست كتابها روند خوندن و حرفهاي كتاب مهمتر از روش داستان پردازي و پايان كتابه.
Kristen
I really enjoyed this book, and loved my reintroduction to Schopenhauer, of which I had only had a brief overview in my Philosophy courses in college. Enjoyed the writing, and was pleasantly surprised that an author who normally writes textbooks was able to transfer easily to a fictional genre. A great introduction to group therapy, and my only pick was the slightly unrealistic dialogue of the members of the group (some of the women's voices seemed inauthentic to me; the different voices of the ...more
Lisa Butterworth
There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book, but so much unacknowledged unexamined sexism. It left me feeling like all these "great men" and their "great minds" need a swift kick in the balls.
William Peynsaert
This book teaches you more about how group therapy works than any other manual and it deals with fear of dying and, not surprising given the title, it's a nice introduction to the writings of Schopenhauer. The book poses the question 'what if Schopenhauer went into group therapy today?' It's cleverly done!
Jenny
This book was recommended by a member of my book club.

Irvin D. Yalom writes clearly with meaning, and so the book is "easy to read" even though it grapples with weighty issues - philosophy, psychotheraphy, how to face life and perhaps more importantly, how to face death.

The book flows between the personal challenge of Julius' impending death, the group challenge of how to connect and support each other, and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.

Irvin Yalom provides us with a sympathetic, non-jud
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Irvin David Yalom, M.D., is an author of fiction and nonfiction, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, an existentialist, and accomplished psychotherapist.
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