Staring at the Sun

Staring at the Sun

Overcoming the Terror of Death

Book - 2009
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The father of "existential psychotherapy" demonstrates that the fear of death can prompt an awakening to life and a realization that our connections to others and our influence on those around us are vital to our growth. Yalom also offers instructions for therapists seeking to help their patients overcome death anxiety
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass ; Chichester : John Wiley [distributor], 2009
ISBN: 9780470401811
Characteristics: viii, 306 p. ; 21 cm


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Oct 07, 2017

Super interesting and easy to read. How an experienced, erudite, generous, empathic, secular psychiatrist treats people with overt or underlying fear of death. Dr. Yalom is also a novelist and a superb storyteller; it shows in his case presentations. Five stars.

Mar 27, 2013

- "Death is everything
And it is nothing
The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out"

What a way to start a book!
And what an excellent book it was! - and on a topic that most people would not readily want to read about - death. But, as I discovered, the book was certainly more that just about death - it is also about living, friends and about influencing others.

I was particularly intrigued with chapter 4 and Epicuris's arguments:

1. The mortality of the soul (the soul is mortal and perishes with the body)
2. The ultimate nothingness of death ("why fear death when we can never perceive it" - because we are dead and have no consciousness)
3. The argument of symmetry ("our state of non-being after death is the same state we were in before our birth),

Other interesting notes:
- the "remembered"dead and the "truly"dead- country cemeteries (pg. 179)

I like Yalom's discussion about religion, meaning and morality which he explains that religion does not hold an exclusive right to the concepts of meaning and morality.


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