In his long career, eminent psychotherapist and author Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life's two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty of these challenges. Although these people have come to Yalom seeking relief, recognition, or meaning, they discover that such things are rarely found in the places where we think to look.
"A book of rich experience, wonderfully narrated"
In six enthralling stories drawn from his own clinical experience, Irvin D. Yalom once again proves himself an intrepid explorer of the human psyche as he guides his patients - and himself - toward transformation. With eloquent detail and sharp-eyed observation, Yalom introduces us to a memorable cast of characters.
Immersed in Buddhist psychology prior to studying Western psychiatry, Dr. Mark Epstein first viewed Western therapeutic approaches through the lens of the East. This posed something of a challenge. Although both systems promise liberation through self-awareness, the central tenet of Buddha's wisdom is the notion of no-self, while the central focus of Western psychotherapy is the self. This book wrestles with the complex relationship between Buddhism and psychotherapy.
"Challenging and Enlightening"
Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.
"I will isten again and again"
Healing is coming home to one's own authentic self - to the loving presence that is the ground of our being. But we often get trapped by the false refuges of fear-based habits and judgmental thoughts. Created for mental health professionals and illuminating to anyone interested in the core techniques, practices and insights of Buddhist psychology, this experience-focused audio-learning program helps us find our way back to natural presence, a place where peace and our deep love for life grows.
"A Great Book for Pros and Lay People"
Upon its first publication, this path breaking book launched an explosion of interest in how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology. Since then, the worlds of Buddhism and psychotherapy have been forged into a revolutionary new understanding of what constitutes a healthy emotional life. In his insightful introduction, Mark Epstein reflects on this revolution and considers how it is likely to evolve in the future.
"Content limited by presentation"
For millions of people who suffer from phobias, anxieties, or distressing emotions like anger, guilt, and grief, the breakthrough science of Thought Field Therapy can make a remarkable difference. Thought Field Therapy is a revolutionary blend of Western psychotherapy and Chinese medicine that uses the body's highest energy systems to treat emotional issues by combining breathing and relaxation exercises, affirmations, and tapping specific pressure points on the body.
"the information in it is valuable but"
The magic and mystery of psychotherapy can easily be explained in such a brief moment but sometimes we just have a difficult time understand and grasping how it works. Here we find some explanations to those important questions that have been asked over and over. Here it is just simply explained in a nutshell. Thomas Hodge is a native of everywhere and nowhere all at the same time. He holds Bachelors of Arts and a Masters of Arts in Psychology.
"Brief, with no tricks..."
In these selected essays, written between 1947 and 1977, Dr. Frankl illustrates the vital importance of the human dimension in psychotherapy. Using a wide range of subjects—including sex, mortality, modern literature, competitive athletics, and philosophy—he raises a lone voice against the pseudo-humanism that has invaded popular psychology and psychoanalysis.
This book describes the process of psychotherapy through the struggles of those who are in pain and adrift in some aspects of their lives that require intervention. Through rich and often poignant narratives, the book portrays the issues that are encountered in psychotherapy along with case studies and their treatment plans. The characteristics that constitute effectiveness in both the psychotherapist and his or her therapeutic work are also examined.
When Dr. Brandy Engler opened her sex therapy practice for women in Manhattan, she got a big surprise. Most of the calls were from men. They wanted to talk about womanizing, porn addiction, impotence, prostitutes - and most of all, love.
"Not what you'd expect"
Leia Hughey courageously peels through layers of vulnerabilities and fears to bare herself to her listeners. A victim of rape as a child, the author suffered from its psychological effects... low self-esteem and self-hatred throughout her life, even though all recollection of the trauma was repressed from her conscious memory. It wasn't until she was in college that the memories began to slowly and heartbreakingly work their way to the surface through dreams and flashbacks.
From ancient heroes like Odysseus and Alexander the Great to modern heroes like Nelson Mandela and Bill Gates, the people who stand out for their accomplishments have many talents and qualities in common. For example, Odysseus was known for his cleverness. His idea to hide some Greek soldiers inside a wooden horse and present that wooden horse as a gift to the citizens of Troy turned what had been an embarrassing defeat for the Greek armies into a decisive victory over Troy.
Freedom from unnecessary suffering is the goal of both Buddhism and modern psychotherapy, yet each approaches this intention from a very different perspective. "Buddhist practice helps us awaken to a well-being that is independent of our circumstances," explains Bruce Tift, "while Western psychotherapy helps us bring our disowned experience into awareness in order to live in a more skillful and satisfying way."
"Helped me understand my life's journey"
The Good Story is an exchange between a writer with a long-standing interest in moral psychology and a psychotherapist with training in literary studies. Coetzee and Kurtz consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both their approaches is a fascination with narrative. Working alone, the writer is in control of the story he or she tells.
"Probably most interesting to psychotherapists who aspire to write fiction."
This award-winning anthology of poetry and prose takes a new look at being a woman - particularly an aging woman - in a society that prizes and glorifies youth. The works are by both younger writers looking forward in time and writers who have experienced the joys and challenges of growing older. This international best seller was put together by editor Sandra Martz who selected the collection's pieces from thousands of submitted manuscripts.
"Expectations interfere ..."
Throughout its history, the practice of psychotherapy has both reflected and shaped cultural assumptions about the nature of self and society. How does this "culture of therapy" interact with Christianity? In these thought-provoking interviews, Paul McHugh, John Steadman Rice, and Richard Noll talk about Christianity in relation to therapy, discussing the phenomena of False Memory Syndrome, codependence, New Age spirituality, and addiction.
"Brilliant Provoking and Slanted"
Until recent years, “bad” and “immoral” were the terms used to describe people who are now referred to as “sick” and “in need of treatment.” Moral and religious perspective has been replaced by medical and therapeutic rhetoric. It is little wonder why the world is plagued by legions of rapists, drug users, murderers, thieves, and child abusers, all of whom are now referred to as having one form or another of “addiction” and are thus either “sick” or suffering from “mental illness.”
"SZASZ SULLIES PSYCHOTHERAPY UNJUSTLY"
The phrase 'cura te ipsum' is Latin, meaning "Heal thyself." Existential psychology, Adler's psychoanalytic approach and Ellis rational emotive behavioral therapy have a number of things in common. Each of these approaches expects the client to find health through making the choice to change self-perception and then acting accordingly; in a sense, the clients are healing themselves.
This guide is for those who by choice or otherwise must be their own mental health professional.