Start your review of Existential Psychotherapy Write a review Jun 11, John rated it it was amazing I love this book! Yalom draws on the insights of existentialism in order to formulate an approach to psychotherapy that is grounded in the "ultimate concerns of life;" namely the concerns of death, freedom, existential isolation, and meaninglessness. These concerns, I love this book! These concerns, Yalom reports, are part of the ontological foundation of human existence, and it is our struggle with these issues that characterizes many of our neurotic difficulties. We often avoid thinking about these things consciously because they provoke "dread" in us, but Yalom insists, as do all the great existentialist philosophers, confronting these issues is absolutely crucial in the quest toward authenticity.
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Buy on Amazon Summary Existential therapy has been practiced and continues to be practiced in many forms and situations throughout the world. But until now, it has lacked a coherent structure, an analysis of its tenets, and an evaluation of its usefulness. He shows how these concerns are manifested in personality and psychopathology, and how treatment can be helped by our knowledge of them. Drawing from clinical experience, empirical research , philosophy, and great literature, Yalom has written a broad and comprehensive book.
It will provide an intellectual home base for those psychotherapists who have sensed the incompatibility of orthodox theories with their own clinical experience, and it opens new doors for empirical research. The fundamental concerns of therapy and the central issues of human existence are woven together here as never before, with intellectual and clinical results that will surprise and enlighten all readers.
But it would be a mistake to relegate it to psychiatrists and psychologists alone—any person interested in what makes people act as they do will find help here. I found it so readable that I could scarcely put it down. The product of extensive clinical experience, evaluated and integrated by a sensitive, well-informed and powerful mind, it is an impressive achievement.
The style is eloquent, lucid and enlivened by flashes of wit. This book offers much of value to psychotherapists preoccupied with the daily task Keith H.
He has crystallized the essence of existential psychotherapy. It belongs in the library of every psychotherapist. Yalom, MD.
He points out the influence of European psychoanalysts who emigrated to America as to highlighting particular aspects: the role of the will and of death anxiety Otto Rank , later built upon by Ernest Becker , the future-oriented motivation of the individual Horney , fear and freedom Fromm , and responsibility and isolation H. Kaiser . In Parts I to IV, the author discusses, for each of these concerns, the changes that occur in the course of the development of the individual, his view on psychopathology in relation to the respective concern, and proposed psychotherapeutic strategies for assisting patients in a crisis. As other books by Yalom, this book includes descriptions of numerous case studies that illustrate his arguments. Part I: Death[ edit ] In Part I, the author addresses the fear of death and discusses theoretical and empirical findings with regard to the fear of death. He offers explanations on its widespread omission in the theory and practice of psychotherapy — in particular also by Sigmund Freud who saw it as a mere disguise for a deeper source of concern.
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