A Brief Review of Love’s Executioner, by Irving Yalom

Posted by Brian PCF
Nov 11 2011

Love's Executioner and Other Tales of PsychotherapyLove’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some interesting insights that I think I can apply to my own job as a Coach. I didn’t like the author’s presentation at times, but with a muddy subject like transcendental psychology, I understand this is a very subjective view.

I appreciated the author’s desire to get across the point that nobody’s ever “sure” about diagnosis or treatment.

Some valuable points:

“One of the axioms of psychotherapy is that the important feelings one has for another always get communicated through one channel or another – if not verbally than non-verbally. For as long as I can remember, I have taught my students that if something big in a relationship is not being talked about (by either patient or therapist), then nothing else of importance will be discussed either.”

“We are all stuck with some anxiousness about death. It’s the price of admission to self-awareness.”

“The first step in all therapeutic change is responsibility assumption.”

“It’s the relationship that heals, the relationship that heals, the relationship that heals – my professional rosary. I say that often to students.”

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