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Existential Psychotherapy

by Irvin D. Yalom

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Existential therapy has been practiced and continues to be practiced in many forms and situations throughout the world. But until now, it has lacked a coherent structure, and analysis of its tenets, and an evaluation of its usefulness. Irvin Yalom, whose Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has rendered such a service to that discipline since 1970, provides existential psychotherapy with a background, a synthesis, and a framework.Organized around what Yalom identifies as the four ultimate concerns of life",death, freedom, existential isolation, and meaninglessness,the book takes up the meaning of each existential concern and the type of conflict that springs from our confrontation with each. He shows how these concerns are manifested in personality and psychopathology, and how treatment can be helped by our knowledge of them.Drawing from clinical experience, empirical research, philosophy, and great literature, Yalom has written a broad and comprehensive book. It will provide an intellectual home base for those psychotherapists who have sensed the incompatability of orthodox theories with their own clinical experience, and it opens new doors for empirical research. The fundamental concerns of therapy and the central issues of human existence are woven together here as never before, with intellectual and clinical results that will surprise and enlighten all readers.… (more)
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    timothysusko: Similar topic with much narrower scope: death awareness anxiety, the coping mechanisms people employ to manage it (terror management theory), and the ramifications of this behavior.
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    Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy by William Barrett (DarkWater)
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چندین سال بود که افراد زیادی این کتاب رو به من معرفی می‌کردند و اصرار می‌کردند بخونم اما همیشه پشت فوج کتاب‌های نخونده مونده بود تا اینکه امسال تونستم بخونمش و البته بسیار فوق‌العاده بود. من قبلاً تو کتاب‌های فلسفی و ادبی گفته بودم که اگزیستنسیالیسم خیلی برای من جالب و هیجان‌انگیزه و خیلی وقت‌ها درد‌هایی که شرایط اگزیستنسیال به فرد وارد می‌کنه رو من در خودم قبل از کشف تئوریکشون، کشف می‌کنم.
اروین دی. یالوم توی این کتاب از چهار مبحثی صحبت می‌کنه که طبق نظریات اگزیستنسیال باعث اضطراب‌هایی نهادینه و بنیادین در افراد می‌شود.

یک) مرگ: اضطرابی که در همه‌ی افراد از کودکی وجود داره و راه‌هایی دفاعی عجیب و درعین حال آشنایی که برای فرار از اون در نظر می‌گیریم... تقریباً می‌تونم بگم طبق فرهنگ ما حداقل یک بار بچه‌های اقلاً هم‌نسل خودم به مرگ و این‌که بعدش چی می‌شه فکر کردند و بعد از اون هم وحشت روبه‌رویی با زندگی پس از مرگ کل وجودشون رو گرفته... و خیلی جالبه که خیلی از رفتارهای ما در بزرگسالی از همین اضطراب به وجود میاد.
دو) آزادی: این رو فکر کنم هر شخصی تو فرهنگ منفعل امروزه‌ی ما یک بار تجربه کرده... انتخاب بین دو یا چند گزینه در یک اتفاق تأثیرگذار و مهم در زندگی و عدم توانایی‌مون برای تصمیم‌گیری و معمولاً آویزون دیگران شدن برای کمک. این اضطرابیه که به نظر اروین دی‌. یالوم ما از آزادی اجباری خودمون در زندگی درک می‌کنیم.
سه) تنهایی: این فکر کنم از اون ترس‌هایی باشه که ما بیشتر از بقیه ترس‌هامون ازش آزادانه و با شرم کمتری صحبت می‌کنیم... شاید برای این ترس هم بیشتر مایل باشیم تحت روان‌درمانی قرار بگیریم.
چهار) پوچی: این همون ترسی‌ست که ما از تموم شدن زندگی می‌گیریم... اگه قراره همه چیز تموم بشه و ما به هیچ‌جایی نرسیم پس برای چه هدف و معنایی داریم زندگی می‌کنیم؟

اگه این چهار گزینه براتون جذاب بود پس حتماً این کتاب رو بخونید. ( )
  Mahdi.Lotfabadi | Oct 16, 2022 |
I only read the Meaninglessness section. That was the only relevant part for me. But I find this a good book to read when a specific problem troubles one. ( )
  mdibaiee | Sep 23, 2021 |
Everything I have ever read by Irvin D. Yalom has been an incredible education and wonderfully written. Existential Psych is no exception. If you want to add some depth and breadth to your toolbox and skill set, this is a must read. ( )
  SurvivorsEdge | Aug 8, 2010 |
Brilliant book a wide scope and with philosophical insights that are of importance to most or all schools of psychotherapy ( )
  Frank_Mukasa | Dec 25, 2008 |
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Existential therapy has been practiced and continues to be practiced in many forms and situations throughout the world. But until now, it has lacked a coherent structure, and analysis of its tenets, and an evaluation of its usefulness. Irvin Yalom, whose Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has rendered such a service to that discipline since 1970, provides existential psychotherapy with a background, a synthesis, and a framework.Organized around what Yalom identifies as the four ultimate concerns of life",death, freedom, existential isolation, and meaninglessness,the book takes up the meaning of each existential concern and the type of conflict that springs from our confrontation with each. He shows how these concerns are manifested in personality and psychopathology, and how treatment can be helped by our knowledge of them.Drawing from clinical experience, empirical research, philosophy, and great literature, Yalom has written a broad and comprehensive book. It will provide an intellectual home base for those psychotherapists who have sensed the incompatability of orthodox theories with their own clinical experience, and it opens new doors for empirical research. The fundamental concerns of therapy and the central issues of human existence are woven together here as never before, with intellectual and clinical results that will surprise and enlighten all readers.

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