Existential Psychotherapy is a book about existential psychotherapy by the American psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom , in which the author, addressing clinical practitioners, offers a brief and pragmatic introduction to European existential philosophy, as well as to existential approaches to psychotherapy. He presents his four ultimate concerns of life— death , freedom , isolation , and meaninglessness —and discusses developmental changes, psychopathology and psychotherapeutic strategies with regard to these four concerns. This work is considered to be among one of Yalom's most influential books, as is his groundbreaking textbook on group therapy The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy ,. 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.
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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. He has crystallized the essence of existential psychotherapy. With numerous clinical illustrations and a thorough review of the literature, he has constructed a volume on conflicts which flow from the individual's confrontations with certain ultimate concerns: death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness.
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I love this book because of its discussions about death and dying, freedom, isolation, meaninglessness and one's very place in life. I think it is also very helpful if the reader has some knowledge and interest in philosophy. Before anyone enters therapy I would really recommend reading this book. It will probably save you the bucks a week.
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If you ever find yourself sinking into the plush blue couch of Dr. Jane is an existential therapist. She sees a lot of different clients with a lot of different problems, but she thinks all of those problems can be reduced to the same four essential issues: death, meaninglessness, isolation, and freedom. Orah Krug, an existential therapist and the director of clinical training at the Existential Humanistic Institute in San Francisco, gave me an example of how existential therapy can help. She had a client who was eating lunch with her daughter when a car crashed right into the room. She was angry that she had no control to stop bad things from happening.