Existential Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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Overview


Existential therapy has been practiced and continues to be practiced in many forms and situations throughout the world. But until now, it has lacked a coherent structure, and analysis of its tenets, and an evaluation of its usefulness. Irvin Yalom, whose Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has rendered such a service to that discipline since 1970, provides existential psychotherapy with a background, a synthesis, and a framework.Organized around what Yalom identifies as the four “ultimate concerns of life”—death, freedom, existential isolation, and meaninglessness—the book takes up the meaning of each existential concern and the type of conflict that springs from our confrontation with each. He shows how these concerns are manifested in personality and psychopathology, and how treatment can be helped by our knowledge of them.Drawing from clinical experience, empirical research, philosophy, and great literature, Yalom has written a broad and comprehensive book. It will provide an intellectual home base for those psychotherapists who have sensed the incompatability of orthodox theories with their own clinical experience, and it opens new doors for empirical research. The fundamental concerns of therapy and the central issues of human existence are woven together here as never before, with intellectual and clinical results that will surprise and enlighten all readers.

The institutions and the insights that make various therapies work are the crucial ingredients of what Irvin Yalom calls "existential psychotherapy." Here he distills the essence of a wide range of therapies and brings them into a masterful, creative synthesis, opening up a profound new way of understanding each person's confrontation with four ultimate concerns: isolation, meaninglessness, death and freedom. "An exceptionally enriching reading experience."--Jerome D. Frank. Notes and Index.

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What People Are Saying

Rollo May
"A classic for those studying existential psychotherapy and indeed for all clinicians."
H. Keith Brodie
"Should be read by every psychiatry resident and every clinical psychology intern. It belongs in the library of every psychotherapist."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465021475
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1980
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 321,782
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 1.66 (d)

Meet the Author


Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the 1974 Edward Strecker Award and the 1979 Foundation's Fund Prize in Psychiatry. He is the author of When Nietzche Wept (winner of the 1993 Commonwealth Club gold medal for fiction), Love's Executioner, Every Day Gets a Little Closer (with Ginny Elkin), and the classic textbooks Inpatient Group Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    Comprehensive overview of existential theory

    Yalom truly displays his incredible knowledge in the field along with his talent as a therapist and writer in this book. Of all his writings, this is the greatest testament to his writing ability as he is able to take a very complex and challenging topic and present it comprehensively in a easy to read manner. Despite it being easy to read, it takes a time to digest. I expect most will read it 2-3 times still greatly benefiting from it each read. If you are a theraist this should be a must read.

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