Love's Executioner, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

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This 1989 national bestseller includes ten riveting true narratives based on a master psychotherapist's practice that reveal an intimate and unusual view of the relationship between patient and therapist.

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Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is the author of Lying on the Couch, When Nietzche Wept, and Love's Executioner, as well as several classic textbooks on psychotherapy, including Existential Psychotherapy and The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University and lives and practices in Palo Alto, California.

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Dr Yalom demonstrates once again that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction -- Eva Hoffman * New York Times * These remarkably moving and instructive tales of the psychiatric encounter bring the reader into novel territories of the mind - and the landscape is truly unforgettable -- Maggie Scarf Love's Executioner is one of those rare books that suggests both the mystery and the poetry of the psychotherapeutic process. The best therapists are at least partly poets. With this riveting and beautifully written book, Irvin Yalom has joined their ranks -- Erica Jong Inspired ... He writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer * San Francisco Chronicle * Dr Yalom offers a valuable insight into the delicate process of therapy * Sunday Telegraph * Irvin Yalom writes like an angel about the devils that besiege us -- Rollo May These stories are wonderful. They make us realize that within every human being lie the pain and the beauty that make life worthwhile -- Bernie S. Siegel Dr Yalom is unusually honest, both with his patients and about himself -- Anthony Storr Yalom is a gifted storyteller, and from the sound of these tales, a no-less-gifted psychotherapist * Los Angeles Times * This is an impressive transformation of clinical experience into literature. Dr Yalom's case histories are more gripping than 98 percent of the fiction published today, and he has gone to amazing lengths of honesty to depict himself as a realistic flesh-and-blood character: funny, flawed, perverse, and, above all, understanding -- Phillip Lopate I loved Love's Executioner. Dr Yalom has learned something that fiction writers learned years ago - that people's mistakes are a lot more interesting than their triumphs -- Joanne Greenberg

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