Becoming Myself : A Psychiatrist’s Memoir
by Irvin D. Yalom
✅ Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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“When Yalom publishes something – anything – I buy it, and he never disappoints.”He is a wonderful storyteller, a wonderful writer, great, generous, generous, compassionate thinker, and, rightly so, one of the most influential in the world of mental health practitioners Nicola Barker, Tutor Best Books of the Year 2017′ Wonderful, convincing and insightful about his subject and about the time he lived as one might expect.A fabulous read ” Abraham Verghese, author of the StoneIrvin Cup for StoneIrvin DYalom has made a career of investigating the lives of othersBy becoming Myself, from his long awaited memory, he turns his therapeutics’ eyes on himself, to deepen the relationships that shaped him and the pioneering work that made him famous.The first generation of children of Russian Jewish immigrants, Yalom grew up in a low class neighbourhood in Washington DC.Determined to escape his limitations, he set his sights on becoming a doctor.An incredible ascension followed: we are witnessing his departure from Stanford Medical School in the midst of the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, in turn writing fiction as a means of continuing his exploration of the human psyche and its rise to international fame.Yalom recounts his groundbreaking work in group psychotherapy and how he became the first practitioner of existential psychotherapy, a method based on the wisdom of great thinkers throughout the ages.He reveals the source of inspiration for his many seminal books, including The Love of the Executioner and When Nietzche cried, which integrate the elements of psychology and philosophy to arrive at the arrest of new knowledge on the human condition.Combining the stories of his most memorable patients suffering from personal stories of love and regret, Becoming Myself brings readers close to Yalom’s therapeutic technique, his writing process and family life.
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