Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death

Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death

by Irvin Yalom

In this exclusive excerpt from his latest book, Irvin Yalom delves into the ultimate existential concern, and how therapists can help clients in facing death anxiety. Signed copy of book available.
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THE MORTAL WOUND (from chapter 1)

Self-awareness is a supreme gift, a treasure as precious as life. This is what makes us human. But it comes with a costly price: the wound of mortality. Our existence is forever shadowed by the knowledge that we will grow, blossom, and, inevitably, diminish and die.
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Irvin YalomPsychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom, MD has been a major figure in the field of psychotherapy since he first wrote The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy in 1970 (now in it's 5th edition). Other significant contributions have included Existential Psychotherapy, and NY Times Bestseller Loves Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy. He has written four novels on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept, Lying on the Couch, The Schopenhauer Cure, and The Spinoza Problem.  His works, translated into over 20 languages, have been widely read by therapists and non-therapists alike. Visit Dr. Yalom's website.

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This reminds of teachings from a book entitled "The Vitality of Death".
Michael Gennette
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Learning objectives:

  • Consider ways in which the fear of death impacts the life experience of all clients.
  • Increase understanding of how to be with clients? fear of death in a way that is therapeutic.
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