Love's Executioner

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/18/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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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 between a psychotherapist and a patient.

Dr. Yalom helps his patients come to terms with their problems and move forward to a happier more productive life. This textbook emphatically stresses "the therapist's job is not to make someone better, but to help the patient make themselves better."

Author Biography

Irvin D. Yalom, M. D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and lives and practices in Palo Alto, California

Author Biography

Irvin D. Yalom, M. D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and lives and practices in Palo Alto, California

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword to the Perennial Classics Edition xi
Prologue 3(14)
Love's Executioner
``If Rape Were Legal ...''
Fat Lady
``The Wrong One Died''
``I Never Thought It Would Happen to Me''
``Do Not Go Gentle''
Two Smiles
Three Unopened Letters
Therapeutic Monogamy
In Search of the Dreamer

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Honest, humorous and educational March 28, 2011
In this excellent textbook Dr.Yalom's brutal honesty, his grasp of transference and counter transference, his humbleness in acknowledging his own blunders is simply breathtaking. He is a breath of fresh air as most psychotherapist, and analysts in particular have truly a hard time acknowledging their mistakes. Through the textbook he also demonstrates that human beings are capable of greater insight and self-examination than many of us have ever imagined.
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