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Irvin Yalom

Author of When Nietzsche Wept

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About the Author

Irvin D. Yalom was born in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 1931, of parents who immigrated from Russia shortly after World War I. Yalom entered into medical school intent on studying the field of psychiatry. His first writings were scientific contributions to professional journals. His first book, show more "The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy" was widely used as a text for training therapists. It has been translated into twelve languages and spawned four editions. "Existential Psychotherapy" followed, which was a textbook for a course that did not exist at the time, and then "Inpatient Group Psychotherapy," a guide to leading groups in the inpatient psychiatric ward. In an effort to teach aspects of Existential Therapy, Yalom turned to a literary conveyance and wrote a book of therapy tales called "Love's Executioner", two teaching novels, "When Nietzsche Wept" and "Lying on the Couch" and, "Momma and the Meaning of Life," a collection of true and fictionalized tales of therapy. These books went on to be best sellers, and "When Nietzsche Wept" won the Commonwealth Gold Medal for best fiction of 1993. They have been widely translated,each into about fifteen to twenty languages, and have had considerable distribution abroad. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Irvin Yalom

When Nietzsche Wept (1992) — Author — 2,375 copies, 55 reviews
Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy (1989) 1,592 copies, 24 reviews
The Schopenhauer Cure (2005) 982 copies, 21 reviews
Lying on the Couch (1996) 858 copies, 9 reviews
Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (1970) 812 copies, 4 reviews
The Spinoza Problem (2012) 578 copies, 24 reviews
Existential Psychotherapy (1980) 493 copies, 4 reviews
A Matter of Death and Life (2021) 105 copies, 5 reviews
Inpatient Group Psychotherapy (1983) 67 copies, 1 review
I'm calling the police (2011) 59 copies, 1 review
Religion and Psychiatry (2000) 12 copies
Ergen Terapisi (2021) 1 copy
Treating Depression (2006) 1 copy

Associated Works

A Way of Being (1980) — Introduction, some editions — 419 copies, 7 reviews


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Yalom, Irvin
Legal name
Yalom, Irvin David
Other names
ארווין ד. יאלום
Washington, D.C., USA
Places of residence
Palo Alto, California, USA
George Washington University (BA|1952)
Boston University (MD|1957)
Yalom, Marilyn (wife)
Yalom, Reid S. (son)
Yalom, Eve (daughter)
Yalom, Victor (son)
Yalom, Ben (son)
Stanford University
Awards and honors
Oscar Pfister Award (2002)
Commonwealth Gold Medal (1993)
International Sigmund Freud Award for Psychotherapy (2009)
Edward Strecker Award (1974)
Short biography
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University and author of several textbooks and novels on psychotherapy.

Born in Washington, D.C. to parents who immigrated from Russia shortly after WWI. Grew up in inner-city Washington, in a small apartment above his parents' grocery store on First and Seaton Street.

Husband of the late Stanford historian Marilyn Yalom.
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Yalom presented detailed portrayal of histocial fictional Spinoza and alfred rosenberg, a nazi official. he devised most of his characters in ways that i was interested to learn even more about them. my understanding of spinoza's ideas increased, but i am not sure how much we can really infer about him based on his writings that still exist. and of course reading more about hitler and how the nazis came to power is even more frightening in the u.s. and many other countries today.
suesbooks | 23 other reviews | Jun 3, 2024 |
Në Vjenën e shekullit XIX, një dramë dashurie, fati dhe vullneti do të luhej në mendjen e bërthamës intelektuale, që përcaktoi epokën. Zhozef Brojeri, themelues i psikanalizës, është në kulmin e karrierës së tij. Fridrih Niçe, filozofi i madh europian, është në prag të vetëvrasjes nga dëshpërimi, i pazoti për të gjetur një kurë për dhimbjen e kokës dhe sëmundje të tjera që e mundojnë. Kur Brojeri vendos ta trajtojë Niçen me kurën eksperimentale të të folurit, nuk e bën të ditur se edhe ai vetë gjen ngushëllim në seancat e tyre. Vetëm përmes përballjes me demonët e tij të brendshëm shëruesi mund të fillojë ta ndihmojë pacientin.… (more)
BibliotekaFeniks | 54 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
I had a very hard time finishing this book. There is some information about psychotherapy - and that’s it. Not good as fiction, not good as non-fiction. Who is the targeted reader? A handful of psychotherapists who might be wondering ‘what if?’
BerrinSerdar | 8 other reviews | Dec 5, 2023 |
This small booklet (literally) has an arresting title: I'm calling the police. Over the past three months I have run into two people who said that they were calling the police in conflict situations with me. Actually, I am still flabbergasted because I do not believe I am the kind of person who seeks conflict, but apparently some people here are so stressed that they cannot deal with me. I am bringing this up because I think announcement I'm calling the police is actually a flight forward in a situation that is hopeless. It is an act of despair.

In Irvin Yalom 's book, co-authored with Robert L. Berger this is just the case. However, although it saves the boy's life, he cannot save another man's life and this saddles him up with a lifelong trauma. The booklet describes how this trauma surfaced and how it was cured.

Ik waarschuw de politie could be characterised as a case study. Irvin Yalom is a psyciatrist and a novelist. The suggestion is that this is a true story, but perhaps it is fiction.
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edwinbcn | Oct 25, 2023 |



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