Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir by Irvin D. Yalom

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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 twelve, 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.

Title : Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir
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ISBN : 0465098894
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Petra X rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2018

Dr. Yalom makes some interesting points about diagnoses. (He is talking about patients who don't need the heavy drugs often prescribed for any mental issue whether they are really appropriate or not). He says that, "Diagnostic categories are invented and arbitrary: they are a product of committee...

Hakan rated it ★★★★★

December 08, 2017

yalom'un temsil ettiği psikiyatrist kimliğine, genel olarak doktor kimliğine, ihtiyacımız olduğunu ve bu ihtiyacımızın gün geçtikçe artacağını düşünüyorum. hepimiz hasta ya da hasta adayı olduğumuza göre yalom'un yazarlığıyla, elbette sacks gibi, başka örnekler gibi, dünyanın bir ucundan bize ula...

Heather Anne rated it ★★★☆☆

October 11, 2017

I very much enjoyed this book, so I feel obliged to explain why only 3 stars. Yes, the author covers his career in psychiatry and psychotherapy from the 1950s to the 2000s and how the field and his own practice has changed. Yes, he discusses his marriage, his children and his travels. Yes, I enjo...

Jean rated it ★★★☆☆

October 13, 2017

Yalom the Memoirist is not as engaging as Yalom the therapist. Read Love's Executioner instead

Adrian rated it ★★★★★

January 08, 2018

An inspiring, encouraging book that also gave me a good idea what to read next and how to go about on my path both towards becoming a therapist and towards becoming myself :) Inspiring through Yalom's own story, encouraging through his openness and vulnerability, even after decades of helping oth...

Csilla rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

Deși mă învârt de câțiva ani în zona psihologiei, am evitat să-l citesc pe Yalom. Chiar și-atunci când prietena mea de suflet mi-a spus că îi amintesc de gândirea lui Yalom am refuzat să răsfoiesc vreo scriere de-a lui. Sau poate tocmai de asta. Am început cu biografia și mă bucur că a fost așa. D...

Miguel rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2018

O nono livro do psiquiatra e psicoterapeuta americano Irvin. D. Yalom (n. 1931) a ser publicado no nosso país, trata-se da sua autobiografia. Ao longo de quarenta capítulos, o autor passa em revista a sua vida pessoal, profissional e literária, através de uma prosa fluida, sincera e intimista, a...

Evi rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2017

Eigenlijk heb ik de review voor dit boek al half geschreven in de review van 'Het einde van de eenzaamheid'. Toen ik dat boek trachtte te lezen werd ik de hele tijd afgeleid door het boek van Yalom, omdat het me meer trok. Gaandeweg is de aandacht verschoven en kreeg het boek van Wells de aandach...

Lavinia rated it ★★★☆☆

November 06, 2017

“I once heard Saul Bellow say When a novelist is born the family is doomed” Cred ca asta e valabil pentru familia lui Knausgard, cea a lui Yalom nu are de ce sa isi faca probleme, el a avut grija sa ne prezinte o viata ca o carte postala, totul bine, frumos, niste conflicte cu mama, un mic conflic...

Stella rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 29, 2017

I absolutely adore Yalom's books. However Yalom the author is very different from Yalom the person. I bought the memoir hoping to read about the struggles an adult faces and their existential questions and instead I found a bio of a psychiatrist and his professional life with few details about hi...

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