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Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    From a therapist's viewpoint -- Recommended reading for my clients --

    This is a Yalom classic that incorporates humor and detailed observations about people in six stories of psycho-pathological journeys. Dr. Yalom never focuses totally on the negative or depressing aspects; rather, he finds optimism even in the most staggering and heartbreaking aspects of the human condition. His writing is eloquent, yet concise, and he is one of those rare writers where the less he says, the more poignant the message.

    However, the stories are not only about patients and clients in the clinical setting. The stories also incorporate Yalom's own countertransference and transformation as he details his clients' journeys toward recovery and wholeness. Yalom is a truly gifted therapist who believes that the client can offer healing help to the therapist as well as vice versa. He never becomes jaded or arrogant; in fact, Yalom seems almost humbled that he is able to grow along with his clients.

    Yalom's other books (Every Day Gets a Little Closer; Lying on the Couch; Love's Executioner; When Nietzsche Wept; Staring at the Sun; The Gift of Therapy) are equally as informative and engaging. These books are short (250-300 pages) and easy to read. But don't let the brevity of the work fool you--you come away from his books with great insight into the mysteries of healing and transformation of the human psyche.

    Cherie Renfrow-Starry
    Private Practice Counselor/Therapist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2001

    Yalom's Best book ever!

    I am a psychotherapist who has always been a big fan of Yalom. I have enjoyed many of his books and found them to be both entertaining and educational. In Momma and the Meaning of Life, I felt more intimately connected to Yalom than ever. I always found his writing to be very personal, as if you are having a quiet conversation with him. In 'Momma,' Yalom goes even further. In this book, I felt that Yalom was sharing very personal truths about himself as well as the experience of psychotherapy. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the process of psychotherapy. I laughed out loud and found myself talking about the book to anyone that would listen. I promise you will be mesmerized by this book. I truly could not put it down. Anyone interested in talking more about this book can email me at kevnec@aol.com. Enjoy!

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