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Momma And The Meaning Of Life: Tales From Psychotherapy
     

Momma And The Meaning Of Life: Tales From Psychotherapy

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by Irvin D. Yalom
 

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As the public grows disillusioned with therapeutic quick fixes, people are looking for a deeper psychotherapeutic experience to make life more meaningful and satisfying. What really happens in therapy? What promises and perils does it hold for them?No one writes about therapy - or indeed the dilemmas of the human condition - with more acuity, style, and heart than

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As the public grows disillusioned with therapeutic quick fixes, people are looking for a deeper psychotherapeutic experience to make life more meaningful and satisfying. What really happens in therapy? What promises and perils does it hold for them?No one writes about therapy - or indeed the dilemmas of the human condition - with more acuity, style, and heart than Irvin Yalom. Here he combines the storytelling skills so widely praised in Love's Executioner with the wisdom of the compassionate and fully engaged psychotherapist.In these six compelling tales of therapy, Yalom introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Paula, who faces death and stares it down; Magnolia, into whose ample lap Yalom longs to pour his own sorrows; Irene, who learns to seek out anger and plunge into it. And there's Momma, old-fashioned, ill-tempered, who drifts into Yalom's dreams and tramples through his thoughts. At once wildly entertaining and deeply thoughtful, Momma and the Meaning of Life is a work of rare insight and imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465062966
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
383,193
File size:
551 KB

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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Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cherie-Renfrow-Starry More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!