* Introduction Death * Life, Death, and Anxiety * The Concept of Death in Children * Death and Psychopathology * Death and Psychotherapy Freedom * Responsibility * Willing Isolation * Existential Isolation * Existential Isolation and Psychotherapy Meaninglessness * Meaninglessness * Meaninglessness and Psychotherapy * Epilogue
Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the 1974 Edward Strecker Award and the 1979 Foundation's Fund Prize in Psychiatry. He is the author of When Nietzsche Wept (winner of the 1993 Commonwealth Club gold medal for fiction), Love's Executioner, Every Day Gets a Little Closer (with Ginny Elkin), and the classic textbooks Inpatient Group Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy.
"I believe this excellent book will become a classic for those
studying existential psychotherapy and indeed for all clinicians.
But it would be a mistake to relegate it to psychiatrists and
psychologists alone-any person interested in what makes people act
as they do will find help here. I found it so readable that I could
scarcely put it down."--Rollo May
"Once again Irvin Yalom has produced a volume of great meaning and timeliness. He has crystallized the essence of existential psychotherapy. With numerous clinical illustrations and a thorough review of the literature, he has constructed a volume on conflicts which flow from the individual's confrontations with certain ultimate concerns: death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness. This book should be read by every psychiatry resident and every clinical psychology inter. It belongs in the library of every psychotherapist."--H. Keith H. Brodie
"Professor Yalom's book is one of the irreducible classics of psychotherapy-wise, sensitive, scholarly, and beautifully written-not least in his gentle humor with psychiatric and philosophical emperors who have no clothes on."--Alex Comfort
"This remarkable treatise explores psychotherapy in the context of its relevance to the major problems of human existence. The product of extensive clinical experience, evaluated and integrated by a sensitive, well-informed and powerful mind, it is an impressive achievement. The style is eloquent, lucid and enlivened by flashes of wit."--Jerome D. Frank