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The pain of destiny, the pain of life

The psychotherapeutic stories book “Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy“, is indescribably popular around the world. The reason for this popularity is that it deals with the most important issues of our everyday human being, not in philosophy or psychology, but in the lives of specific people and their relationship with a psychotherapist. It’s a genre that is hard to name, yet enchanting with vividness, realism, and depth.

Author of the book, Irvin D. Yalom, is one of the most prominent personalities in the field of group and existential psychotherapy. Not only is he a great psychotherapist, but he is also a talented writer – this is where his exclusivity lies.

Irvin D. Yalom manages to persuasively convey how, on the basis of the lives that clients bring to the psychotherapy cabinet, life in psychotherapy is born, bringing together two people who face the same fundamental existential issues.

What the book talks about is common to all people, including psychotherapists and their clients: the fear of freedom and its avoidance, the difficulty of choosing and deciding in the most diverse situations of life, the anxiety of finishing life, the fear of losing loved ones thoughts of the futility of our daily life endeavors, the obligations, and suffering of love, the threat of loneliness.

Irvin D. Yalom summarizes these important questions for us in the form of four key elements of human existence: freedom as an obligation to make choices, death as a life-time horizon, loneliness as a reminder of the intimacy of intimacy, intimacy, meaninglessness – as a threat to lose vital landmarks.

The author’s sincerity and courage reveal how difficult the dialogue between adults in the process of psychotherapy is, frankly talks about mistakes, lack of understanding, and the influence of personal life in trying to help someone in need. He tells the life stories of clients closely intertwined with the relationship between the client and the psychotherapist, seeking opportunities for meaningful and healing dialogue.

I am confident that the book presented will allow each reader to take a closer look at their lives, and of course, psychotherapy students will feel more confident in finding their own insights or ways of applying the profession, and will also have significant support from professional psychologists.

© Fortune, 2020

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  1. Back in college, I studied human behavior under the diploma of Bachelor of Science in Psychology, modesty aside.

    But my REAL and personal training in life is when I had children, my life circumstances, turn-around moments and victories, learning from people’s life journeys and triumphs.

    Thank you for the knowledge and thoughts on life you share. 🙂

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