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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  12,531 ratings  ·  686 reviews
Îşi poate pierde un psihiatru minţile? Poate fi el păcălit, sedus, manipulat chiar în timpul şedinţelor în care ar trebui să deţină controlul asupra pacienţilor? Da, dacă o femeie dornică de răzbunare hotărăşte să joace rolul de pacientă neajutorată. Plin de revelaţii surprinzătoare, întocmai ca duelul unui psihanalist cu mintea omenească, romanul lui Yalom ne dezvăluie câ ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published 2009 by Humanitas Fiction (first published 1996)
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Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Therapists, and people interested in learning about the therapy process
I'm going to go ahead and give this five stars. It's not a perfect book, certainly not from a literary point of view. It was didactic at times, occasionally draggy with lengthy lecture-like dialogue and inner monologue, and some of its plot twists were highly contrived. But I don't think Yalom was trying to write a perfect novel, or if he was, that goal was secondary. What he was trying to do, according to an interview I read, is carve out a new genre -- what he calls the "teaching novel." It's ...more
Hossein Sharifi
Irvin D. Yalom

‘Forget that crap about the patient not being ready for therapy! It’s the therapy that’s not ready for the patient. But you have to be bold and creative enough to fashion a new therapy for each patient.
این چرندیاتی که میگه بیمار برای درمان آماده نیست رو فراموش کن! این درمانه که برای بیمار آماده نیست. و تو باید آنقدر شجاع و خلاق باشی که یک راه درمانی جدید و متفاوتی رو برای هر بیمار داشته باشی.
بخشی از متن کتاب-



تم اصلی داستان در کل کتاب به رابطه ی درمانی بین بیمار و
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of Yalom's more oriented towards the public and love of drama with clients versus typical therapy. Believe it or not most of us don't sleep with our clients. ...more
Romina Claudia
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You hear about good books and you want to read them. Even if you’ve been disspointed by other recomandations in the past, you have some expectations, if there are more people saying the same thing: read it!
And God i wanted to read this book for months, maybe 1-2 years until it finally happened.
What a joy. Completely fantastic. Sometimes the action in your life that is missing can be found in a book, if the book is good enough, it may become your action too. And there are so many things that ca
Miriam Cihodariu
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
I liked it, it was ok, and definitely a book that poses uncomfortable questions in a smart way. But unfortunately for Irvin Yalom's (unmistakable) qualities as a writer, his background as a therapist tends, in my opinion, to get in the way of his writing.

Yes, his professional insights are giving him more ideas of things to write about and an understanding of human nature. I agree with all that. But at the same time, you can see how his background also makes his portrayals of people and stories p
Irvin D Yalom is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University who also writes fiction. Three years ago I read and found stimulating his most recent novel, The Spinoza Problem, so when one of my reading groups chose this one, I looked forward to it.

Lying on the Couch was his third novel and I think he was still working out how to switch over from writing technical works to writing fiction. It wasn't bad; in fact it is a thought provoking look at the inner workings of professional p
A seemingly demanding lecture, judging by its proportions. However, the incursion in both scientific, which is fairly scholastic, and mundane aspects in the life of the psychotherapist all under the spectrum of a well devised plot and ingeniously humored language, make the story relishing.

The psychotherapist is first of all human, in Yalom's book. He is built, within the story, in the reflecting image of three models. The decrepit master/professor, struck down by his own iconoclastic desire for
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel- by a professor of psychiatry at Stanford. "Lying on the Couch" not only shows how therapists can become deeply involved in the complexities of individual's inner lives and relationships, but also how complex and challenging their own lives can become through the honesty or deception presented by their toughest clients. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a smart psychological thriller and even better if the reader likes, knows about, or would like to know more about th ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I really loved this. It is such an interesting thought to think about: the moral dilemmas of those who are supposed to uphold the highest moral standards. After all, we are all human, aren't we? This book makes you really think, all the while being very intriguing and exciting. ...more
Elvira Ribacu
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 stars
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This grand satire on psychotherapy came out in 2014. It focuses on the lives of a few interlinked psychotherapists in San Francisco. 

The principle thread of the book is transference and countertransference, the sometimes erotic attachment that can build between a patient and therapist or vice versa. The book opens with one therapist talking to another about an incident in which a beautiful woman patient claimed to have fallen in love with him. The therapist, at 71, decided to accept the woman's
It paints a fairly disgusting picture of psychoanalysis and many of its practitioners with disagreements turning into schisms, jealousies, revenge, aggressive posturing, ambition, greed and unethical treatments and abuses of the patient/practitioner relationship. I guess you could say it puts a human face on both patients and practitioners.
It also shows an incredible naivete on the part of practitioners; don't they research their clients beforehand? Maybe not in the 1990's when the book was pub
Lee Kofman
This book was even worse than Yalom's other two novels I'd read. Real reminder why popular literature is as bad as chips in a bag. Flat characters, improbable coincidences, deadly language. There were several moderately interesting insights into therapy but other than that – waste of time. It amazes me how a man famous for his psychological insight, someone who works with human complexity, can create such cardboard people when he writes. Just another proof that fiction writing has a great compon ...more
Adriana Popescu
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was surprisingly beautiful and captivating till the end.
Heshot MeDown
Wonderful book that I really enjoyed reading!
Really moved my interest towards psygology and philosophy as well.
I already found this book pretty interesting, without reading a single page of it, because I found the double meaning of the title to be clever and funny. I would like to read more books by Irvin Yalom in the future, that is for sure.
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This book had been on my "must-read" list (self-appointed just because it looked interesting, not because I'd heard anything about it) for quite some time. I finally sat down and read it, and I have to say, I'm not sure that I got it. Maybe it went over my head, or maybe I'm over-analyzing something that wasn't meant to be that profound. There were parts that really engaged me, while other parts that didn't were interesting enough for me to keep on going, but ultimately I'm not sure that it was ...more
Jamie Hansen
A disappointment overall. It was my fourth of Yalom's fiction, sixth including his nonfiction and it's definitely bottom of the pack. It had some redeeming moments (he sure can write therapy process well, and I marked several passages that quite effectively and beautifully describe certain therapeutic techniques) but on the whole I found myself sifting through a lot of dirt and muck to get to what was worthwhile. A whole LOT of explicit sexual description of patient (and at times therapist) fant ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
I read this book as a part of group readings. I liked it. I get bored. I guessed what will happen. I got angry with the stupidity of the characters.
However at the end I gave 4* :}

My issues:
- as a first time reader understanding the terminology and concept of psychology
- time to time being more lecture book than a fiction

What I like
- the characters and how they interrelated
- display the ones who should be expert of human soul are no different than the others, they also have the flaws and can be d
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Mildly amusing. My favorite part was the law firm Jarndyce, Kaplan, and Tuttle -- Jarndyce of course is a play on Jarndyce and Jarndyce, a fictional court case in Bleak House by Charles Dickens that has become a byword for seemingly interminable legal proceeding.

Other than that, it was a somewhat dreary book, made dreary by the frequent forays into the technicalities of psychiatric theory, generally presented as an argument between two psychiatrists. I suppose if the reader was especially intere
Alexa Şontro
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not expecting to like this book so much. Basically, there are 3 main characters—each of them psychoanalysts—and they all have different ways to treat their patients and different ways to understand what the fathers of psychology identified as being the best way to interact with your pacient. It was very interesting to see that they all wanted the best for their patients but they did not approve of each other's methods. Some of the methods were unconventional , but one can say that they ...more
Ali Kaya
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Funny, smart, deep. A delicious book that made me think on every terapist I know and how they would solve those pacients issues using their own style.
Monica Miller
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a thrilling read!

I have had a few troubles getting into the story, and not because it was boring or anything, but I was so intrigued to find out more, and the perspectives kept switching back and forth, and it barely allowed me to put the book down!

Let's start from the beginning.

The book focuses on psychoanalysis, or better said, the practice of it. The main story focuses on three psychoanalysts, struggling with human nature.

The first struggled with maintaining strong boundaries, the second
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A juicy novel that follows parallel but interconnected stories of characters struggling with their own paradoxes. Yalom masterfully creates complex monologues and disloagues in a world glued together by stern principles psychoanalysis which are disrupted or rather improved by humanistic deviations from the norm, all to give the reader what seems like a realistic view of the often confusing human world, with its triumphs and its errors. He seeks to humanize the analytic process without losing its ...more
Miss M
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychological
The last line of this book made me smile.

The book examines the intricate connections between and within the characters. None of the characters are perfect, but we see a very interesting journey in each of them as the book progresses. There is not a single character that is the same at the beginning of the book as they are at the end.

It's a story about the human condition, and about the folly of suggesting there is one 'right' way to do psychotherapy. Definitely a great read for any therapist. I'
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well of course I enjoyed this book very much both coz I am very interested in psychoanalysis and also coz it was a very fluent and teaching story and very easy to read. Also I really enjoyed the whole story and how everyone was being analyzed independently regardless of being the patient or the doctor.
At one point it made me feel how we can all analyze one another and how we will all benefit from it.
I can’t say much about the literary point of view of this book since I don’t know much in that as
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about jealousy, greed, revenge, and the actions that people take because of those emotions. The book reminds me of Bonfire of the Vanities. There is a broad cast of interrelated characters who are each acting in their own interest. Unlike Bonfire of the Vanities, most of these characters grows during the course of the story.
Contiu Adina
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first, the reading was going slower, but after the first 100 pages, you are drawn into the lives of different characters. The ending is excellent.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting novel about counseling and ethics. Unique and well done.
Marius Craiu
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good one. It was recommended by a friend who studies psychology.
And in the end everything turns nice. Everyone gets what should get.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Fascinating storylines that get into the nitty-gritty of where the ethical boundaries of psychological therapy lie. Yalom shows us the humanity of psychologists, warts and all, the way he does in his memoirs (I've read two of those - excellent). Therapy is not like other medical treatment. The conditions are more unique to the individual. And sometimes the patients come in with very strong ideas on how the therapy should proceed. So Yalom creates a sense of danger that you might not expect when ...more
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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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