Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death / Edition 1

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Overview

Written in Irv Yalom's inimitable story-telling style, Staring at the Sun is a profoundly encouraging approach to the universal issue of mortality. In this magisterial opus, capping a lifetime of work and personal experience, Dr. Yalom helps us recognize that the fear of death is at the heart of much of our anxiety. Such recognition is often catalyzed by an "awakening experience"—a dream, or loss (the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job or home), illness, trauma, or aging.

Once we confront our own mortality, Dr. Yalom writes, we are inspired to rearrange our priorities, communicate more deeply with those we love, appreciate more keenly the beauty of life, and increase our willingness to take the risks necessary for personal fulfillment.

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If death is indeed the last forbidden topic, it is one that haunts us as nothing else. In this ruminative book, Yalom, now in his mid-70s, grapples with the eternal conundrum of extinction with subtlety and grace, paying homage to writers, philosophers, and filmmakers by sprinkling their insights throughout his heartfelt meditation.
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Psychiatrist Yalom (emeritus, Stanford Univ. Sch. of Medicine) is noted for his stories (Love's Executioner), novels (When Nietzsche Wept), and writing on group and existential psychotherapy. As the only creatures with foreknowledge of death-what Yalom calls "the mother of all religions"-we humans must find or create meaning within the limits of our existence. Yalom uses examples from therapy sessions, dreams, his own encounters with death, and his exchanges and experiences with his mentors and teachers to engage the reader in a compelling conversation among equals. The chapter titles "The Power of Ideas," "The Awakening Experience," "Overcoming Death Terror Through Connection," and "Advice for Therapists" indicate his approach: viewing death's shadow can save us from despair without the consolation of religion. At 75, Yalom proves to be at the prime of life as a therapist, a writer, and a quotidian soul. For adults and mature teens and likely to be a classic in the area of serious self-help and psychology; an essential library purchase.
—E. James Lieberman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787996680
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/4/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 677,391
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Irvin D. Yalom is a highly regarded psychiatrist and the author of numerous books including the New York Times best-selling Love's Executioner and the international best-selling novel When Nietzsche Wept.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments     vii
The Mortal Wound     1
Recognizing Death Anxiety     11
The Awakening Experience     31
The Power of Ideas     77
Overcoming Death Terror Through Connection     115
Death Awareness: A Memoir     149
Addressing Death Anxiety: Advice for Therapists     199
Afterword     275
Notes     279
About the Author     289
A Reader's Guide to Staring at the Sun     291
Index     299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    Living in the moment

    This book helped me to live in the moment, and face the issue of my death. I bought a number of copies of this book to give to friends and relatives who have issues with death-don't we all?.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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