Love's Executioner [NOOK Book]

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The collection of ten absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients? dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Not since Freud has an author done so much to clarify what goes on ...
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Overview



The collection of ten absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Not since Freud has an author done so much to clarify what goes on between a psychotherapist and a patient.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465031603
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 73,144
  • File size: 414 KB

Meet the Author

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of many books, including Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, The Gift of Therapy, and When Nietzsche Wept.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

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    A good read

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

    A Good Read

    Dr. Yalom's book provides a unique look into the relationship between a patient and therapist through ten different accounts of the treatment of ten different patients from the therapist's perspective. The author provides his own thoughts and insights as well as descriptions of his interactions with the patients.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Love's Executioner

    Wonderful and honest portrait of what therapy is like for both the client and therapist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    Mysteries of the Heart

    LOVE¿S EXECUTIONER offers the reader a rare look at psychotherapy through the eyes of an extraordinarily skilled and experienced psychotherapist. Dr. Yalom tells the stories of his encounters with his patients with unusual honesty and warmth. His willingness to acknowledge uncertainty, self-doubt, and not always generous feelings about his patients portrays psychotherapy as an intricate, but imperfect art. Shattering the illusion of the all-knowing psychotherapist does both therapists and patients a service by creating realistic expectations of this special kind of encounter between two human beings. Dr. Yalom brings to each of his stories the vibrancy of a finely crafted mystery, each with twists and turns and often endings that are as much of a surprise to his patients as to the therapist and his readers. His fascination with obsessive love sets the tone of his title story and also plays a prominent part in his historical novel WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT. His superb storytelling both entertains and gently educates, providing his readers with a rare insight not only into psychotherapy, but into the human condition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    AWESOME

    I am a 19 year old college student and I thought that this was a great book that inspired my interest in human behavior. This is an amazingly enjoyable read, and will undoubtedly inspire and stimulate you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    Incredible!!

    This book begins with an introdcution to Yalom's existential theory for psychotherapy. This brief outline sets the stage for 10 case studies that take you deep into the mind of a therapist. This book should be required reading for beginning therapist and would be a great read for patients of psychotherapy, too. It puts a human face on the therapist and allows you to journey with an experience expert in the field as he continues to struggle with the art of therapy. This book is enjoyable from many perspectives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2000

    Reads like a novel

    I read this book as extra credit for my Abnormal Psychology class. I am now recommending it to my 'nonpsychology' type friends. The stories of these 10 patients are so interesting you feel that you know them personally even after a couple of pages. If you are even remotely interested in human behavior you will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    An entertaining treatment of a serious subject

    Having read one of Yalom¿s fiction works, I expected to enjoy this book, and I did ¿ immensely. I like psychology and read a lot of non-fiction works. This book deals with a serious subject in an entertaining way, the stories read like fiction and are certainly 'stranger than fiction.' In the Prologue, Yalom provides a brief introduction to Existential Psychotherapy, a core part of his technique. This is not a self-help or how-to book, but one can learn from the examples while enjoying the easy narrative writing style. Anyone with an appreciation for psychotherapy should love this book. Even those who think shrinks should be shrunk would probably find it entertaining and interesting if not enlightening.

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