Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy

Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy

by Irvin D. Yalom

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Overview

"The publication of Creatures of a Day is reason to celebrate." -- Steven Pinker

In this stunning collection of stories, renowned psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom describes his patients' struggles -- as well as his own -- to come to terms with the two great challenges of existence: how to have a meaningful life yet reckon with its inevitable end. We meet a nurse who must stifle the pain of losing her son in order to comfort her patients' pains, a newly minted psychologist whose studies damage her treasured memories of a lost friend, and a man whose rejection of psychological inquiry forces even Yalom himself into a crisis of confidence.

Creatures of a Day is a radically honest statement about the difficulties of human life, but also a celebration of some of the finest fruits -- love, family, friendship -- it can offer. Marcus Aurelius has written that "we are all creatures of a day." With Yalom as our guide, we will find the means to make our own day not only bearable, but also meaningful and joyful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465040513
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,103,351
File size: 667 KB

About the Author

Irvin D. Yalom, MD, is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the 1974 Edward Strecker Award and the 1979 Foundations' Fund Prize in Psychiatry. He is the author of When Nietzsche Wept (winner of the 1993 Commonwealth Club gold medal for fiction); Love's Executioner, a memoir; Becoming Myself, a group therapy novel; The Schopenhauer Cure; and the classic textbooks Inpatient Group Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy, among many other books. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

Table of Contents


1. The Crooked Cure
2. On Being Real
3. Arabesque
4. Thank You, Molly
5. Don’t Fence Me In
6. Show Some Class for Your Kids
7. You Must Give Up the Hope for a Better Past
8. Get Your Own Damn Fatal Illness: Homage to Ellie
9. Three Cities
9. Creatures of a Day

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