Creatures of a Day (Best Books Yalom)

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What makes life worth living? What can we do to lead meaningful lives? And how do we confront our inevitable end? In his long career, eminent psychotherapist and author Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life's two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients face the difficulty of these challenges. Although these people have come to Yalom seeking relief, recognition, or meaning, he and they discover that such things are rarely found in the places where we think to look.

Like Love's Executioner and Yalom's other writing, Creatures of a Day provides an intelligent, compassionate, yet still unflinching look at the human soul and all the pain, confusion, and hope that go with it. The power of these stories is amplified by Yalom's reflections on his own life as he reckons with its inevitable end. Suffused with humor, great artistry, and a profound humanity, Creatures of a Day lays bare the necessary task we each face, each day, to make our own lives meaningful.

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ISBN-13: 9780349407425
ISBN-10: 0349407428
Pagini: 224
Dimensiuni: 151 x 233 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.3 kg
Editura: Little Brown Book Group
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Irvin D. Yalom is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of many books, including Love's Executioner, Theory and Practice in Group Psychotherapy, and When Nietzsche Wept.


"Creatures of a Day is just what the doctor ordered!"—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
A remedy more powerful than any fad or pill could promise."—Washington Post
"Poignant and bracing."—Los Angeles Review of Books
"These individual accounts of emotional challenges and resolutions--from a man ashamed of his hoarding to a woman with a terminal cancer diagnosis--shine a brilliant light on what it means to be human and to need help."—Daniel Menaker, author of The Treatment and My Mistake: A Memoir
"Irvin Yalom has produced a book of such piercing depth that to enter into it is transformative. You feel less like you are reading Creatures of a Day than that it is reading you."—Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, McArthur Fellow and author of Plato at the Googleplex and Betraying Spinoza
"Dr. Yalom has written a magical book. Anyone who has ever thought about his or her own aging or mortality will love this book."—George Valliant, professor of psychiatry, Harvard University, and author of Triumphs of Experience and Aging Well
"Yalom sees the therapist as a poet. He sees therapy as an art. And he sees his clients as fellow poets, working the high wire, along and with him."—Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune
"This book is the best of its kind I've read to date, offering a tender and credible look behind the curtain, through a powerful series of vignettes."—Miranda Palmer, PsychCentral
"[Yalom] writes amiably, certainly sympathetically, and always wisely from his point of view as an octogenarian therapist who has seen it all--well, maybe almost all--and how has some useful thoughts about the mysteries of the mind.... A humane, highly knowledgeable glimpse of the therapist's couch."—Kirkus Reviews
"This book will inspire therapists at any stage along with lay readers intrigued by the psyche, relationships, and the possibilities of change."—Library Journal, starred review
"Yalom has genuinely inspiring insights to share about the value of therapy.... The stories [he] offers of his patients' failures and triumphs are frequently moving and will invoke the reader's empathy."—Publishers Weekly