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Staring at the Sun Overcoming the Terror of Death Written in Irv Yalom s inimitable story telling style Staring at the Sun is a profoundly encouraging approach to the universal issue of mortality In this magisterial opus capping a lifetime of work

  • Title: Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death
  • Author: Irvin D. Yalom
  • ISBN: 9780787996680
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death By Irvin D. Yalom, Written in Irv Yalom s inimitable story telling style, Staring at the Sun is a profoundly encouraging approach to the universal issue of mortality In this magisterial opus, capping a lifetime of work and personal experience, Dr Yalom helps us recognize that the fear of death is at the heart of much of our anxiety Such recognition is often catalyzed by an awakening expeWritten in Irv Yalom s inimitable story telling style, Staring at the Sun is a profoundly encouraging approach to the universal issue of mortality In this magisterial opus, capping a lifetime of work and personal experience, Dr Yalom helps us recognize that the fear of death is at the heart of much of our anxiety Such recognition is often catalyzed by an awakening experience a dream, or loss the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job or home , illness, trauma, or aging Once we confront our own mortality, Dr Yalom writes, we are inspired to rearrange our priorities, communicate deeply with those we love, appreciate keenly the beauty of life, and increase our willingness to take the risks necessary for personal fulfillment.

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    1. Though a very special view Epicurist of the ageing process and the challenges man and woman face throughout death included , it s a very important book for any psychotherapist, regardless of the philosophical or psychotherapy school espoused Yalom cites plenty of clinical cases, including his personal record as child his view on Religion , as therapist his masters,W.H Bion, namely and himself as father, husband ageing MOREyoutube watch v tuCa8R the meaning of EXISTENTIAL THERAPYd the Truman Capo [...]

    2. I do not intend this to be a somber book Instead,it is my hope that by grasping, really grasping, ourhuman condition our finiteness, our brief time in thelight we will come not only to savor the preciousnessof each moment and the pleasure of sheer being but toincrease our compassion for ourselves and for all otherhuman beings.

    3. Some smart person, back in the early days of decided that, while books should be rated on a five point scale, reviews should be either useful or not useful Good idea Something that helps you decide to buy or not a perfectly binary process should be judged in a similarly binary fashion Either it helps or it doesn t.A book that makes the immodest claim of helping the reader overcome the terror of death can probably best be judged the same way Did it help or not In spite of the claim on the cover, [...]

    4. It s hard to go wrong with Yalom Great book on death anxiety In the couple of years before reading this book I had 4 acquaintances in their early 40 s, all with young children, die of cancer Having young kids myself, I was really starting to worry about an untimely death of my own I wouldn t say reading this book fixed all that, because hey, none of us knows how long we have, but this was a good exploration of the topic.I read this about a year ago and had quit putting reviews up on because I di [...]

    5. One of the best quotes that I ve heard is Turgenyev s Death s an old story, but new for each person Every death around us or unfortunate life events become awakenings to start to read the story that belongs to us But the process of this story is different for each of us Many people do not even want to think about death and deaths around them, like a story book waiting on the shelf to be read Many people are in grief Many people are obsessively living in this story But the most important thing is [...]

    6. Yalom, a psychiatrist Emeritus Stanford University School of Medicine has written a manual and memoir to show us how he, his patients and many people have been able to transmute the foreknowledge looming before all humans that we will one day die into a catalyst for consummating one s own life Yalom directly addresses the question of how can we, even if we are not theists leave our own traces of immortality Although Yalom maintains he is an atheist, he demonstrates a great respect and nurture fo [...]

    7. Birer l ml olarak l m g zeterek ya amak durumunday z Kimi zaman bunu bir korkuya d n t rsek, kimi zaman hi fark nda olmasak ya da st ne y r sek de o hep bizimledir l m n insanlar zerinde olumsuz bir duygulan ma s r kl yor olmas olduk a s k rastlanan bir durumdur Irvin Yalom bu son kitab n 77 ya nda l me daha yak n hissetti i vakit yazm ve bunu da kitap i erisinde dile getirmi tir Hastalar n n izniyle onlar n hayatlar ndan rnekler vererek ve l m korkusunun t rl maskelerle insana geri d n n irdele [...]

    8. l m d nmek g ne e bakmak gibidir, uzun s re yapamazs n diyor yazar l m anksiyetesini varolu sal yakla mlarla azaltmaya al yor ve klinik rneklerle bu konuda yaln z olmad m z hissettiriyor Kitaptaki Nietzsche nin d nce deneyi beni ok etkiledi Ayr ca ekoslavak varolu u yazar Milan Kundera dan yapt al nt bir ka g nd r akl mda Asl nda unutma davran hayat n i inde her zaman var olan bir l m bi imidir Ger ekten yle de il mi

    9. Readable and honest Yalom gives an account of his theory about death anxiety and practical examples in his work of dead anxiety anxiety about nonbeing, anxiety about what comes after or anxiety about the dying process.Don t expect a empirical scientific study Yalom is philosophical oriented with the belief that people can find their own truths.

    10. A longtime psychoanalyst, Yalom argues that it s important for each of us to face our mortality head on, with full awareness Although such awareness is difficult, bringing with it great anxiety, it can motivate us to embrace life and to live fully and compassionately As he puts it, Although the physicality of death destroys us, the idea of death saves us 33 Yalom offers Ebenezer Scrooge, Pierre Bezukhov, and Ivan Ilych as literary examples of people who had awakening experiences, that is, confr [...]

    11. This book was sent for review.To be sure, the subject matter of this book greatly interested me at first, even though the book was written in a somewhat simplistic style that I m not really used to.I ve always been concerned and perhaps even obsessed with matters of death and the existential dilemma however, as this book went on, with some great quotes from Nietzsche by the way, the author begins to show his true colours He doesn t seem very fond of religion, the idea of God, or anything spiritu [...]

    12. The title of the book is based on a French quote by Fran ois de La Rochefoucauld Le soleil ni la mort ne se peuvent regarder en face, that is, You cannot stare straight into the face of the sun, or death It s not easy to live every moment wholly aware of death it s like staring the sun in the face you can stand only so much of it The author offers this book optimistically and he hopes that it will help us to stare death in the face and, in so doing, not only ameliorate terror but enrich our live [...]

    13. The best thing about this book was that it made me realize I m not the only one struggling with death terror I know that sounds silly, since fear of death is probably one of the biggest human fears, but my fear has seemed at least in the last few years outsized and bigger than that of most other people I know The book gave me some insights into why this terror may have developed in the first place, confirmation of some of the coping mechanisms I ve developed on my own, and ideas for how to creat [...]

    14. Yalom frequently poses the following thought experiment to his clients Suppose you were told that after your death, you were destined to relive your entire life exactly as it is, with all the same choices and all the same consequences.1 Would that be a reward or a punishment 2 What can you do now in your life so that one year or five years from now, you won t look back and feel dismayed about the new regrets you ve accumulated 3 Even if you are subject to forces which seem beyond your control, a [...]

    15. Much of our neurotic behavior can be reframed as manifestations of death anxiety This is my third book by Irving Yalom and he again proves himself to be a master storyteller and exceptionally wise psychologist As we age it is impossible to avoid death anxiety To avoid consciously confronting death anxiety is to let it surface in unconscious ways Pick an approach to death anxiety, but either way, it is coming and we have to deal with it Yalom s regularly emphasizes existential issues in his thera [...]

    16. Usually any book written by Yalom would get close to five stars and this probably should be rated higher by me.The reason I went lower is probably due to my wanting to avoid the subject matterath And then in addition to the subject not being happy Yalom s view of death equating to consciousness ceasing to exist that s all folks goes against the years of upbringing that I have never questioned at least the life after death aspect Now I do have to say that I get why Yalom believes the way he does [...]

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