The Yalom Reader: Selections from the Work of a Master Therapist and Storyteller

The Yalom Reader: Selections from the Work of a Master Therapist and Storyteller

The Yalom Reader: Selections from the Work of a Master Therapist and Storyteller

The Yalom Reader: Selections from the Work of a Master Therapist and Storyteller

Synopsis

From one of the most celebrated and highly respected authorities in the field of psychotherapy comes a collection of his best works. In this anthology of Yalom's most influential work to date, readers experience the diversity of his writings, with pieces that range from the highly concrete and clinical to the abstract and theoretical.

Excerpt

When Basic Books, my publisher for the past three decades, first proposed this book, I shuddered. I had always thought an anthology to be a posthumous collection of a writer's work. Or, if not posthumous, then a retrospective -- a collection compiled at the very end of one's writing career. So it seemed to me that the proposal was just one more life stage marker, another melancholy reminder of aging -- like retiring from Stanford University; developing senile plaques and aching knees; saying farewell to tennis; watching my children marry, settle into professions, and have children themselves.

Gradually, however, I warmed to the idea of a reader-cumretrospective because I thought it offered a curtain call for many beloved, long-forgotten works. Eagerly I blew the dust off old files and reread my darling articles concerning such things as the hypnotic treatment of plantar warts, postpartum blues, aggression in voyeurism, LSD, Hemingway, organic brain diseases of senility, family therapy for ulcerative colitis. But it did not take long to realize that I might be the sole interested reader of such an arcane, disconnected, and often outdated collection. Consequently, I put them away (except for the Hemingway article -- that stayed) and saw the wisdom in the publisher's view that the sensible ralson d'être of such a reader would be to chart the arc of my writing career as it has progressed, over thirty years, from research reports in professional journals to fiction.

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