Lying on the Couch: A Novel

Lying on the Couch: A Novel

by Irvin D. Yalom


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From the bestselling author of Love's Executioner and When Nietzsche Wept comes a provocative exploration of the unusual relationships three therapists form with their patients.

Seymour is a therapist of the old school who blurs the boundary of sexual propriety with one of his clients. Marshal, who is haunted by his own obsessive-compulsive behaviors, is troubled by the role money plays in his dealings with his patients. Finally, there is Ernest Lash. Driven by his sincere desire to help and his faith in psychoanalysis, he invents a radically new approach to therapy — a totally open and honest relationship with a patient that threatens to have devastating results.

Exposing the many lies that are told on and off the psychoanalyst's couch, Lying on the Couch gives readers a tantalizing, almost illicit, glimpse at what their therapists might really be thinking during their sessions. Fascinating, engrossing and relentlessly intelligent, it ultimately moves readers with a denouement of surprising humanity and redemptive faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060928513
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 07/18/1997
Series: Harper Perennial
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 297,434
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is the author of The Schopenhauer CureLying on the CouchEvery Day Gets a Little Closer, and Love's Executioner, as well as several classic textbooks on psychotherapy. When Nietzsche Wept was a bestseller in Germany, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Argentina, and Brazil with millions of copies sold worldwide. Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and he divides his practice between Palo Alto, where he lives, and San Francisco, California.

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Lying on the Couch: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I just loved it. I love psychology, read a lot of non-fiction and take all this self-examination stuff much too seriously. Obviously, Dr. Yalom doesn¿t take himself or any other psychotherapist too seriously, yet he is a respected professor of psychiatry and has written serious works on psychotherapy. But, this is fiction and well written. From the pun in the title to the final twists of the plot, it is an delightfully funny story. I worked in a B&N store recently, and this was one of my better selling staff recommendations.
sleeplessreader More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite writers and mentors, eventhough he doesn't know me, Dr. Yalom brought psychotherapists to life. Sharing a common love of their profession, the three therapists in the story came alive by their dedication, outlook and commitment to their patients. The descriptions of the patients and their work in therapy is amazing. His writing style is very smooth and flowing; very stimulating intellectually and somewhat even thrilling. Although my favorite of Dr. Yalom's books is When Nietzsche Wept, this one comes pretty close as well.
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