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Existential Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom
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Jul 27, 10

Read from March 26 to July 26, 2010

Irv Yalom is more than just a television celebrity and novel writing SUPERSTAR. He is also a kick-A therapist with aspirations towards philosophy. I think Irv sort of wishes he could have been back w/ Sartre in those Paris coffee houses back in the day. I like many of his insights and I think he is best when he speaks about the importance of the therapy relationship. That is where Irv helps me most- learning to apply interpersonal stuff that comes out in session to the client's broader life and relationship experience. He can be a little trite but that's ok. Plus all of his vignettes sound suspicious to me (he always comes off sounding like a genius) but at least they are well written and interesting. A must read for anyone who likes to wear berets.
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Steve Good review, Chris. I haven't had the courage to read this one yet. (Partly because it's long and partly because I'm afraid of the existential crises it would evoke from my own fragile psyche). I love your suspicion of his vignettes. I felt the same way when I read The Gift of Therapy.


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