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Lying on the Couch Audiobook

Lying on the Couch: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Love's Executioner and When Nietzsche Wept comes a provocative exploration of the unusual relationships three therapists form with their patients.

Seymour is a therapist of the old school who blurs the boundary of sexual propriety with one of his clients. Marshal, who is haunted by his own obsessive-compulsive behaviors, is troubled by the role money plays in his dealings with his patients. Finally, there is Ernest Lash. Driven by his sincere desire to help and his faith in psychoanalysis, he invents a radically new approach to therapy - a totally open and honest relationship with a patient that threatens to have devastating results.

Exposing the many lies told on and off the psychoanalyst's couch, Lying on the Couch gives listeners a tantalizing, almost illicit glimpse at what their therapists might really be thinking during their sessions. Fascinating, engrossing, and relentlessly intelligent, it ultimately moves listeners with a denouement of surprising humanity and redemptive faith.

©2014 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    a great cast of characters that were surprisingly intermingled! interesting how things turned out. amazing narrator!

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    Frater TJ Georgia 03-18-16 Member Since 2016

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    wish there was a sequel! would make a great tv series. as a therapist this is an excellent training manual.

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    Bellamy 02-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    Good narrator
    Interesting character's
    Clever weaving of characters into each other's lives
    Anyone who has read Irvin's other books will appreciate this

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    Quel 07-29-16
    Quel 07-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    Intriguing and fun all together.
    Deals with many aspects of counselor/client relationship.
    You will not regret!!!!

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    "Intense interwoven plot with multiple 1st person internal thoughts"

    I would recommend this to psychotherapists, particularly guys, who need to remind themselves of the pitfalls of working so closely with human beings. This story shows how we cannot afford to be naive about our own nor others' weaknesses.

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    espanolish 05-11-16
    espanolish 05-11-16 Member Since 2015

    "It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"

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    "Fresh Fun!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Irvin D. Yalom holds the subject matter of psychology in a fresh, fun (and, yes, fictional) light. This alluring, seductive story is fresh and mature and down right interesting. Husbands and wives and gamblers and shysters and the whole kit-and-caboodle-- including psychologists-- spend their share of time on the couch. The characters are timid and feisty and right and wrong-- and Yalom skillfully interweaves their deceits and truths and varying perspectives to create a tapestry of seriously good story telling. There’s not a lot of “action,” just interesting, likable people and relatable problems and some happy endings. This book is loaded with snob-free intelligence and (I have to say it again)-- FUN.

    Narrator Tony Pasqualini did a terrific job complimenting this delicious piece of work.

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