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Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work - and seeks out Philip Slate, a sex addict whom he failed to help some 20 years earlier. Yet Philip claims to be cured - miraculously transformed by the pessimistic teachings of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer - and is himself a philosophical counselor in training. 

Philip's dour, misanthropic stance compels Julius to invite Philip to join his intensive therapy group in exchange for tutoring on Schopenhauer. But with mere months left, life may be far too short to help Philip or to compete with him for the hearts and minds of the group members. And then again, it might be just long enough.

©2005 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2018 Tantor

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An outstanding achievement

The difficulty of combining detailed, thoroughly emotive narrative with the kind of insight into philosophy and group therapy is impossible to estimate.
There is great sensitivity here to the real struggle we all face to find ourselves in an integrated, congruent life of the mind and shared experience.
As someone familiar with much of the philosophical content but completely ignorant of the world of group therapy I found this book both a revelation and refreshing consolidation in a well written, well narrated format.
Tremendous.

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Schopenhauer’s Hedgehogs🏄‍♂️

As a fan of Lao Tzu, I like both Schopenhauer and Nietzsche: if you want to feel full you must feel empty; if you want to feel happy, first you must feel sad. Schopenhauer’s hedgehogs: desperate for cuddles but aware of the pain and suffering. It all fits together for me. A fantastic ending; great to hear Yalom’s interpretation on Schopenhauer 10/10 👍

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Brilliant combination of philosophy and fiction.

Well read. Always a key with audio books. Yalom's storyline is engaging from the start. Fantastic introduction into Schopenhauer. Well balanced presentation.

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Great Book Great Story Great Narration

This book is excellent - Story introduces Schopenhauer and philosophy - and the use of group psychotherapy .... very easy listening and well worth the purchase.

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Fantastic!

So sad that it finished! simply loved the book! The narrative is engaging. Very diverse characters, each one playing an important role in the story. The paralel story of Schopenhauer's life make us love and hate him. Food to think!

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  • Ekaterina
  • 02-03-2019

The Schopenhauer Cure

It’s a beautiful book about life and death that is saturated with strikingly real emotions. The book presents a realistic view on what group therapy is, the power of it. I really liked the narrator, who made the characters even more vivid for me. I especially recommend this book to anybody who likes psychology and to mental health professions.

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  • Jonathon
  • 02-10-2018

Bravo!!

I sat in my driveway many evenings enraptured with the content of this book and the performance of the narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2019

Wow! I could not get my hand off this book!

First, have to give a huge cudos to the narrarator! He pulls off a string of characters so skilfully that juat by his tone you know who's talking. His voice gives life to these characters and his clear narraration wakens the book.
If you are into philosophy, and into psychology, this is the book for you. It dives deep into the human motivations, portraits real problems of real people, all this while giving a very informed and interesting overview of a great philosopher's life, Arthur Shopenhauer.
The plot is exciting, emotional and well written. It's not a thriller but I could not put the book away. Very reccomended!

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  • cristal java
  • 07-12-2018

Great story excellent narration.

This is novel combines philosophy, therapeutic advice, and a compelling story line. The narrative is expertly done. I was assigned this book for class but I devoured it like a treat.

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  • Gloria
  • 24-01-2021

The meaning of life

It has been a rich experience listening to this book, which gradually comes to life from a rather sad opening, made even sadder by the “unlovable” character that the protagonist attempted to reach out. I enjoyed immensely the discussion in the therapy group of struggles and blind spots, the weakness that a therapist also face. Schopenhauer’s philosophy would not normally appeals to me but the discussion has helped me warm to it more. A big credit also to the narrative which has captured the emotions so vividly. Certainly one of the best audio experience with Dr Yalom's novels.

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  • Victor
  • 03-11-2020

Wonderful -and intellectually challenging read!

Wow, yet another great read of Irvin Yalom. He is such an amazing and insightful writer! Even though the majority of book's time takes place during the group therapy sessions, Yalom manages to keep the reader on the edge of their seat at all times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-2020

Excellent!!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I loved learning about the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer—his life and his teachings. The group therapy dynamics are fascinating. I admired and grew to love the psychiatrist leader, Julius. He was very experienced, skilled and dedicated to the participants of the group. The group members—their backgrounds, their issues and their contributions in the group meetings made a nice dramatic backdrop. I learned so much from this book. It is well worth reading.

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  • jkjlw
  • 17-07-2019

Great Book

LOVED THE EXPLANATION OF GROUP THERAPY AND THE ACCOMPANYING PHILOSOPHY LESSON, AS WELL AS SCHOPENHAUER'S BIO.

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  • Bruno
  • 18-05-2021

Amazing book

Loved the writing style and the creativity in expressing complexity in life. Thank you Irvin.

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  • Brian Wiliamson
  • 29-04-2021

Wow..

Starts a bit slow in the setup.. but it is totally worth it. Absolutely breathtaking dialog and read aloud flawlessly.

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  • Hails
  • 25-04-2020

Mesmerising

A skilfully woven book alternating between present day characters and the life and works of Schopenhauer. If I had to give it a rating it would be five stars plus, plus, plus. It was skilfully narrated and I had to stop everything I was doing to listen to it from start to finish. And I never wanted it to finish! Highly recommended

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  • louise burton
  • 15-09-2019

Wonderfully intelligent and absorbing.

Another great book from Mr Yalom.
Not quite When Nietzsche Wept league - but close.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-2021

Perfection

Perfection in so many ways.
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  • Jasmin
  • 06-04-2021

Very good book

Very good book that can be read as a novel or as a book with deep meaning, with a perfect performer

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  • Paul Creane
  • 24-03-2021

Worthy of accolades.

Little slow to start then pulls you in makes you question your own thoughts and idea, finally makes you very aware of our fragility.

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  • Reuben
  • 26-01-2021

A must read

Absolutely incredible! If you’re considering, I can’t recommend enough!!
Loved it from start to finish!

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  • Tomas
  • 08-02-2020

Great novel about group therapy!

Another great "therapy" book from Yalom. Mostly about group therapy and human relations, a little on philosophy. Real life-like characters, contemporary setting, touching stories. Very enjoyable!

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  • mike daly
  • 16-12-2019

Yalom delivers.

Excellent narration and overall highly entertaining. Perfect for the audiobook format and one I would recommend to fledgling therapists in particular.

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  • EMANON
  • 10-07-2019

novel idea to learn about shopenheur

Novel idea to learn about Schopenhauer in the context of modern psychotherapy and the group therapy setting. I also thought humour played an important role in keeping the story flowing and full of life. Great set of characters too, read really well. Just finished in a few days and am about to buy another Yalom as I enjoyed it that much. It was a refreshing change to me compared to the heavy academic books I've been reading lately. i thought the mix of fact and fiction was just right for me at this point in time, although serious philosophy students may find it lacking in depth of academia, I loved it! Bravo Yalom
Bravo!

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  • Cathy D
  • 27-05-2019

One of Yalom's Best Novels

I learnt alot about Schopenhauer and group therapy. I engaged with all the group members, their pain and their interaction with each other. A very interesting listen. Makes you think of dialogues and meaning a d intention.

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