Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

by Irvin D. Yalom
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Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom

Psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom probes further into the mysteries of the therapeutic encounter in this entertaining and thoughtful follow-up to his bestselling Love's Executioner

In six enthralling stories drawn from his own clinical experience, Irvin D. Yalom once again proves himself an intrepid explorer of the human psyche as he guides his patients--and himself--toward transformation. With eloquent detail and sharp-eyed observation Yalom introduces us to a memorable cast of characters. Drifting through his dreams and trampling through his thoughts are Paula, Yalom's "courtesan of death"; Myrna, whose eavesdropping gives new meaning to patient confidentiality; Magnolia, into whose ample lap Yalom longs to pour his own sorrows, even as he strives to ease hers; and Momma--ill-tempered, overpowering, and suffocating her son with both love and disapproval. A richly rewarding, almost illicit glimpse into the therapist's heart and mind, Momma and the Meaning of Life illuminates the unique potential of every human relationship.

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ISBN-13: 9780060958381
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 339,537
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is the author of The Schopenhauer Cure, Lying on the Couch, Every 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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Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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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!