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Best-selling writer and psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom puts himself on the couch in a lapidary memoir

Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye on himself. He opens his story with a nightmare: He is 12 and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, "Hello Measles!" But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting had hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson. As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the birth of the insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply a man's life story; Yalom's reflections on his life and development are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.

©2017 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fans of this eloquent and introspective author will welcome this innermost chronicle of his history, passions, and the keys to unlocking a fruitful life." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Irv Yalom is the psychiatrist who thinks like a philosopher and writes like the fine novelist he also happens to be. Becoming Myself delivers not only the engrossing story of one exceptional individual's life. It shines with revelations regarding life as it ought to be lived." (Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy)

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  • James
  • Salem, VA, United States
  • 11-26-17

excellent capstone to a life well lived

It helps, but not essential to have read most if not all of his previous exceptional books. Dr. Yalom, or rather, Irv, reviews how his books were conceived in addition to how he became himself. Yalom has shaped my career as a psychiatrist and individual group therapist more than any other writer. I don't want to accept that this has to be his last book. I found myself weeping in the privacy of my. back yard when it ended, being fairly sure, though not absolutely certain, that I would live my life the same...with Dr. Yalom as a mentor.

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What an amazing life led by Yalom

I loved every minute of this book and it was especially special on audio. Great narration.

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One of the best autobiographies ever

As a therapist in training, this was invaluable. This was my first Yalom book and I will proceed to buy them all.

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The narration on this very important contribution by Yalom was outstanding. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to hear more and be inspired by a life well-lived.

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Yalom Fans Rejoice

a wonderful book for any Yalom fan, big or small. He is a wonderful story teller with a lot of great wisdom.

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Deep and meaningful

I have not read Yalom’s writing since I was a doctoral student 25 years ago. Clearly, I have missed out. He is a marvelously existential thinker who writes in a very clear, engaging manner. This book helped me reflect more deeply, both upon my practice and upon my life.

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A fabulous book ruined

by a miserable, laughably melodramatic, ignorant narrator. Please don’t let him near any other of Irving Yalom’s other books—or any other serious works!

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