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Momma and the Meaning of Life

Tales of Psychotherapy
Narrated by: Traber Burns
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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Psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom probes further into the mysteries of the therapeutic encounter in this entertaining and thoughtful follow-up to his best-selling Love's Executioner.

In six enthralling stories drawn from his own clinical experience, Irvin D. Yalom once again proves himself an intrepid explorer of the human psyche as he guides his patients - and himself - toward transformation. With eloquent detail and sharp-eyed observation, Yalom introduces us to a memorable cast of characters. Drifting through his dreams and trampling through his thoughts are Paula, Yalom's "courtesan of death"; Myrna, whose eavesdropping gives new meaning to patient confidentiality; Magnolia, into whose ample lap Yalom longs to pour his own sorrows, even as he strives to ease hers; and Momma - ill tempered, overpowering, and suffocating her son with both love and disapproval. A richly rewarding, almost illicit glimpse into the therapist's heart and mind, Momma and the Meaning of Life illuminates the unique potential of every human relationship.

©2015 Irving D. Yalom (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • ya-rule
  • 27-09-2020

so full of himself

There are some valuable lessons to be learnt, no doubt, this man's pomposity is only exceeded by his refusal to move past his atheistic convictions developed when he was 13. Yalom missed the boat due to his religious fanaticism and adherence to dogma--the religious convictions apposed by Freud and his ilk are, despite his atheistic fanaticism, still religious and dogmatic in spirit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-2020

Just wonderful

I didn't know what to start with in the exploration of Irvin D Yalom. I chose this book maybe to understand more of my relationship with my sons. I listend to it in 3 days. I couldn't stop. It's that catching. I just loved it. Worth every moment! I know now I won't be able to stop exploring Dr. Yalom's work too soon...

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  • Thanosman
  • 03-05-2019

Gets better and better as it progresses

Easy read, sad at some points, yet enjoyable! Poking into our existense using tales of psychotherapy

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  • Nicole P.
  • 07-09-2018

Love Yalom!

This book was beautifully written. The narrator was perfect for this book as well. Now onto "Becoming Myself".

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  • Guidoman
  • 03-08-2018

compelling!

great storytelling. learn about humanity, psychology, families, development, healing, psychotherapy. all through the experience and imagination of one of the world's great psychiatrists.

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  • Joseph
  • 08-01-2018

another great listen!

this made my commute fly so quick. Just like his other works, this is both entertaining and educational!!

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  • Jonas Nielsen
  • 31-12-2016

DR. Lash and that ungarian cat, merges ...

dream terapeutic interventions and Lots off good essential paradoxes to think about, far in the future. the narrotator is great and i'll never get borred.

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  • nicola olive
  • 04-03-2017

Loved this....

Having recently been introduced to Irvin Yaloms work, in particular the gift of therapy and liking his style and ease for understanding I thought I'd give this a go and I'm glad I did! Really insightful stories, that have allowed me to reflect more deeply on my own practice and have given me permission to be more authentic in my work. The guy who read the book was excellent, which can be rare on audio books of this nature. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to this book again, but for now, on to loves executioner

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  • Jean-Pierre Fouché
  • 09-09-2016

Sublime to the Ridiculous: A Poor Show from Yalom

I really enjoyed the first few stories of this book. However, I felt that it quickly degraded into a series of extremely flat, caricatured and fantasy stories, written in the third person, instead of from the usual vantage point of Yalom himself.

I felt the narration to be slightly off key in parts especially where the reader mimics the female voice. At this point, it felt as though he were mocking the characters - probably not what was intended.

The book, while sublime in parts, landed up giving me a rather tacky, lacklustre finish.

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  • Sunshineblue
  • 14-09-2016

Fantastic- I did not want it to end

This audio is riveting. I felt that the beginning was slightly slow and I found it difficult to engage with- but it got better and better the more I listened to it. Not only did I find it interesting but I also found it educational especially since I am a trainee psychologist. I found the indirect and direct teaching Superb. I am looking forward to listening to his next story.

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  • Jo
  • 27-02-2018

Couldn't stop listening

A fascinating mix of factual and fictional studies. I could not stop listening to this, in the car, in the kitchen, in the bath!

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  • J. Beaumont
  • 26-07-2020

Amazing as ever

There should be so many more books like this, it leaves you wanting more and give insight into the profession that is so relatable there is not one minute where you feel bored.

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  • ania
  • 17-07-2020

Sometimes a bit boring, sometimes too fantastical

Sometimes a bit boring, sometimes too fantastical. Some stories are just unneccessarily too long (containingng too many therapeutic detalis) and therefore, a bit boring. I think that the author got a bit too confident and complacent in his writing skills.

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  • digi-mech
  • 25-06-2019

Spectacular

Superb book, I love his writting, insights, vulnerability and integrity.. A valuable resource for therapist and client alike.

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  • Anna Bobak
  • 28-10-2017

Insightful

Another insightful work from Yalom. So many lessons to learn from this man. Read beautifully.