Staring at the Sun: Being at Peace with Your Own Mortality

Staring at the Sun: Being at Peace with Your Own Mortality


By (author) Irvin D. Yalom

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  • Publisher: PIATKUS BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 26mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 3 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749928786
  • ISBN 13: 9780749928780
  • Sales rank: 6,182

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Over the past quarter century Irvin Yalom has established himself as the world's leading group psychotherapist. In STARING AT THE SUN, he explores how the knowledge of our own mortality affects the unconscious mind of every human being. Tackling the effect of mankind's fear of death - both conscious and unconscious - on life and how we might live it, Yalom explains how we find ourselves in need of the comfort of therapy. At age 70 and facing his own fear of death, which he discusses in a special afterword, Dr Yalom tackles his toughest subject yet and finds it to be the root cause of patients' fears, stresses and depression. If therapists are to deliver 'the gift of therapy', they must confront the realities of life for themselves and their practice, as must we all.

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Dr Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He has won two major awards from the American Psychiatric Association and is the author of the highly regarded Love's Executioner and Moomma and the Meaning of Life. He continues to run his clinical practice and lectures widely.

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Unlike many psychotherapists, Yalom writes like a dream OXFORD TIMES The idea that the anxiety of facing death can prompt an awakening to life strikes a powerful chord BOOKSELLER

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IRVIN YALOM--WHOSE BOOKS HAVE SOLD MORE THAN FIVE MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE"Always enlightening and often quite moving."--Washington Post"One of America's finest therapists guides us through one of life's most challenging tasks in this profoundly helpful book. It will benefit anyone who reads it."--Rabbi Harold Kushner, author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People"Staring at the Sun looks experientially and psychodynamically at our deepest fear and describes with uncommon eloquence and deep humanity how we may arrive at a form of peace. The book is witty and kind and unflinching, a generous meditation that shows us not how to defeat our fear but how to become wise enough to tolerate it. It should give comfort to the dying and to those they leave behind."--Andrew Solomon, author, The Noonday Demon, winner of the National Book Award"Although written from a psychotherapeutic perspective, this thoughtful treatment of the ultimate fear has much to offer people of faith. This is a wise book by a wise man about the most taboo of all subjects. Read it, and fear not."--Dr. Robin Meyers, minister of Mayflower UCC Church of Oklahoma City, professor of rhetoric in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University, and author, Why the Christian Right Is Wrong"Irvin Yalom has written a brave, intelligent book on the last forbidden subject--death. I honor his courage and rare insight."--Erica Jong, author, Fear of Flying, Shylock's Daughter, Inventing Memory, and Sappho's Leap"Yalom is the Scheherazade of the couch."--Laura Miller, New York Times