Becoming Myself by Irvin Yalom, MD

Becoming Myself
Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye on himself. He opens his story with a nightmare: He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, "Hello Measles!" But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting had hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson. As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the birth of the insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply a man's life story, Yalom's reflections on his life and development are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.

"Fans of this eloquent and introspective author will welcome this innermost chronicle of his history, passions, and the keys to unlocking a fruitful life."―Kirkus Reviews

Published October, 2017; Signed by author.

Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom, MD

Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy
"All of us are creatures of a day,” wrote Marcus Aurelius, “rememberer and remembered alike.” In his long-awaited new 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, and how to reckon with its inevitable end.

In these pages, we meet a nurse, angry and adrift in a morass of misery where she has lost a son to a world of drugs and crime, and yet who must comfort the more privileged through their own pain; a successful businessman who, in the wake of a suicide, despairs about the gaps and secrets that infect every relationship; a newly minted psychologist whose study of the human condition damages her treasured memories of a lost friend; and a man whose rejection of philosophy forces even Yalom himself into a crisis of confidence. Their names and stories will linger long after the book’s last page is turned.

Like Love’s Executioner, which established Yalom’s preeminence as a storyteller illuminating the drama of existential therapy, Creatures of a Day is funny, earthy, and often shocking; it is a radically honest statement about the difficulties of human life, but also a celebration of some of the finest fruits—love, family, friendship—that life can bear. We are all creatures of a day. With Yalom as a guide, we can find in this book the means not just to make our own day bearable, but meaningful—and perhaps even joyful.

The Spinoza Problem by Irvin Yalom, MD

The Spinoza Problem
When sixteen-year-old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster’s office for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a school speech, he is forced, as punishment, to memorize passages about Spinoza from the autobiography of the German poet Goethe. Rosenberg is stunned to discover that Goethe, his idol, was a great admirer of the Jewish philosopher Spinoza. Long after graduation, Rosenberg remains haunted by this “Spinoza problem”: how could Goethe have been inspired by a member of a race Rosenberg considers so inferior to his own, a race he was determined to destroy?

Over the years, Rosenberg rose through the ranks to become an outspoken Nazi ideologue, a faithful servant of Hitler, and the main author of racial policy for the Third Reich. Still, his Spinoza obsession lingered.

By imagining the unexpected intersection of Spinoza’s life with Rosenberg’s, internationally bestselling novelist Irvin D. Yalom explores the mindsets of two men separated by 300 years. Using his skills as a psychiatrist, he explores the inner lives of Spinoza, the saintly secular philosopher, and of Rosenberg, the godless mass murderer.

"Irvin Yalom is the most significant writer of psychological fiction in the world today. I didn’t think he could top When Nietzsche Wept or The Schopenhauer Cure, but he has. The Spinoza Problem is a masterpiece." —Martin Seligman

When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin Yalom, MD

When Nietzsche Wept
Yalom's first novel is a riveting blend of fact and fiction, a drama of love, fate, and will, played out against the intellectual ferment of nineteenth century Vienna on the eve of the birth of psychoanalysis.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Europe's greatest philosopher, Josef Breuer - one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, a young medical intern named Sigmund Freud, and a secret pact: These are the elements that combine to create the unforgettable saga of an imagined relationship between an extraordinary patient and a gifted healer.

Inpatient Group Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom, MD

Inpatient Group Psychotherapy
From the leader and pioneer of group psychotherapy theory and technique comes a vital text for anyone interested in inpatient psychotherapy groups. Yalom conceptualizes his much praised and well-known theories on group psychotherapy in new ways and presents a radical modification of technique for use in groups in an inpatient psychiatric ward.

Presenting two models for groups, one for higher functioning hospitalized patients and one for lower-functioning psychotic patients, he discusses the different ways the therapy sessions should be structured, the kinds of support that should be offered and the importance of continually focusing the sessions on the here-and-now.

This is a book for front line clinicians, filled with the examples of cases for which Yalom is famous, It is especially suitable for the contemporary psychiatric ward where acutely disturbed patients are hospitalized for brief periods of time, and a great companion to the 2-DVD set, Understanding Group Psychotherapy: Volume II, Inpatients.

The Schopenhauer Cure: A Novel by Irvin Yalom, MD

The Schopenhauer Cure: A Novel
Top of the Best-Seller list in Germany, Greece, Argentina, Turkey and Israel!
A teaching novel about group psychotherapy and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer - now available in paperback. Yalom comes through with another page-turner that both entertains and informs. Excellent as a supplemental text for group psychotherapy courses.
“Yalom’s melding of philosophy, pedantry, psychiatry and literature result in a surprisingly engaging novel of ideas... Yalom works us toward the inevitable – and unusually moving – psychological breakthrough in convincing, fascinating steps. Admirably lucid with concepts, he is transcendent when it comes to emotional particulars.”— San Francisco Chronicle, January 23, 2005

Irvin D. Yalom on Psychotherapy and the Human Condition by Ruthellen Josselson, PhD

Irvin D. Yalom on Psychotherapy and the Human Condition
In the biography, Ruthellen Josselson traces the genesis and evolution of Yalom's thinking and presents some of the seminal ideas of his writings.
Irvin Yalom is one of the best known, most widely-read and most influential psychiatrists in the contemporary world. Rather than positioning himself as a representative of one of the hundreds of “schools” or approaches to psychotherapy, Yalom offers a message that goes to the heart of psychotherapy. Taking up the central existential concerns of human life, Yalom’s work engages the problems of finding meaning in life and confronting death, concerns that had lain beyond the scope of psychiatry.

“On Psychotherapy and the Human Condition is like Yalom himself: lucid, open, wise. It is a good story about a great storyteller. It chronicles the art and heart of psychotherapy.”— David Spiegel, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine

Lying on the Couch by Irvin Yalom, MD

Lying on the Couch
Yalom's second novel is an ingenious blend of psychological insight and fictional invention.
In a daring spin on his lifelong devotion to chart the inner lives of patients in his intimate case histories, Dr.Yalom now turns the tables on the other half of the therapeutic relationship - the therapists themselves. Meet Seymour, an older therapist from an age of secrets, who “interprets” the boundaries of sexual propriety. Or Marshal, haunted in his own obsessive-compulsive behaviors. And finally there is Ernest Lash, who, saved ultimately by his sincere desire to help people, risks a totally open, authentic relationship with a patient and assumes that to be healing in and of itself. Their stories are rendered here with great affection and ruthless recognition.
In Lying on the Couch, the reader is seated ringside the nastiest of power plays between therapists and patients and moved by a resolution of suprising humanity and redemptive faith.

The Gift of Therapy by Irvin Yalom, MD

The Gift of Therapy
Anyone interested in psychotherapy or personal growth will rejoice at the publication of The Gift of Therapy. Yalom imparts his unique wisdom in this remarkable guidebook for successful therapy. At once startlingly profound and irresistibly practical, Yalom's insights — let the patient matter to you; create a new kind of therapy for each patient; how and how not to use self-disclosure — will help enrich the therapeutic process for both patient and counselor.

"Yalom writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer."-- San Francisco Chronicle

Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom, MD

Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy
“I do not like to work with patients who are in love. Perhaps it is because of envy—I too, crave enchantment. Perhaps it is because love and psychotherapy are fundamentally incompatible. The good therapist fights darkness and seeks illumination, while romantic love is sustained by mystery and crumbles upon inspection. I hate to be love's executioner.” (Excerpt from the opening of the title story.)

In this rare glimpse of the thoroughly engaged therapist at work, a master psychiatrist openly confronts not only his own feelings and errors but the uncertainty at the heart of the therapeutic encounter.
Dr. Irvin Yalom breaks through that uncertainty to a patient’s ultimate truth--the fear of death. It is behind the life denying nostalgia of Thelma, the elderly patient of the title story who is possessed by a long past love affair; and behind the macho behavior of Carlos, a middle aged man compulsively lustful in the face of his fatal cancer. Indeed, these enthralling tales go beyond therapy to speak to the human condition in all its poignant oddity. And in them, Irvin Yalom achieves a pathos and humor worthy of Chekhov himself.

Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom, MD

Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy
In these six compelling tales of therapy, Yalom introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Paula, who faces death and stares it down; Magnolia, into whose ample lap Yalom longs to pour his own sorrows; Irene, who learns to seek out anger and plunge into it. And there's Momma, old-fashioned, ill-tempered, who drifts into Yalom's dreams and tramples through his thoughts. At once wildly entertaining and deeply thoughtful, Momma and the Meaning of Life is a work of rare insight and imagination.

Staring at the Sun by Irvin Yalom, MD

Staring at the Sun
Close out price on hard copy edition now only $10.00!

Written in Irv Yalom's inimitable story-telling style, Staring at the Sun is a profoundly encouraging approach to the universal issue of mortality.
"Once we confront our own mortality," Dr. Yalom writes, "we are inspired to rearrange our priorities, communicate more deeply with those we love, appreciate more keenly the beauty of life, and increase our willingness to take the risks necessary for personal fulfillment."
Filled with touching personal stories of people who are grappling with the terror of death, including the author, Staring at the Sun offers specific methods to cope with terror and is ultimately life affirming. Most important, Dr. Yalom encourages us to strive for more direct engagement with others. Compassionate connection, combined with the wisdom of the great thinkers who have wrestled with mortality, enables us to overcome the terror of death and lead happier, more meaningful lives.

Existential Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom, MD

Existential Psychotherapy
This classic text published in 1980 provides a background, framework and synthesis for understanding and practicing existential psychotherapy. Yalom draws from clinical experience, empirical research, philosophy, and literature to examine what he identifies as the four ultimate concerns: death, freedom, existential isolation, and meaninglessness. He shows how these concerns are manifested in personality and psychopathology, and with this knowledge how we can help our clients confront them.
Existential Psychotherapy is the perfect book for those interested in learning an alternate viewpoint of psychotherapy, those interested in weaving together the central concerns of human existence with the fundamentals of psychotherapy, and those who already enjoy Yalom's group therapy approach. A great addition to classes and training groups!