The Schopenhauer Cure

The Schopenhauer Cure From novelist and master psychotherapist Irvin Yalom author of Lying on the Couch and When Nietzsche Wept comes the world s first accurate group therapy novel a mesmerizing story of two men s searc

  • Title: The Schopenhauer Cure
  • Author: Irvin D. Yalom
  • ISBN: 9780066214412
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From novelist and master psychotherapist Irvin Yalom, author of Lying on the Couch and When Nietzsche Wept, comes the world s first accurate group therapy novel, a mesmerizing story of two men s search for meaning.At one time or another, all of us have wondered what we d do in the face of death Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, distinguisFrom novelist and master psychotherapist Irvin Yalom, author of Lying on the Couch and When Nietzsche Wept, comes the world s first accurate group therapy novel, a mesmerizing story of two men s search for meaning.At one time or another, all of us have wondered what we d do in the face of death Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, distinguished psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work Has he really made an enduring difference in the lives of his patients And what about the patients he s failed What has happened to them Now that he is wiser and riper, can he rescue them yet Reaching beyond the safety of his thriving San Francisco practice, Julius feels compelled to seek out Philip Slate, whom he treated for sex addiction some twenty three years earlier At that time, Philip s only means of connecting to humans was through brief sexual interludes with countless women, and Julius s therapy did not change that He meets with Philip, who claims to have cured himself by reading the pessimistic and misanthropic philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.Much to Julius s surprise, Philip has become a philosophical counselor and requests that Julius provide him with the supervisory hours he needs to obtain a license to practice In return, Philip offers to tutor Julius in the work of Schopenhauer Julius hesitates How can Philip possibly become a therapist He is still the same arrogant, uncaring, self absorbed person he had always been In fact, in every way he resembles his mentor, Schopenhauer But eventually they strike a Faustian bargain Julius agrees to supervise Philip, provided that Philip first joins his therapy group Julius is hoping that six months with the group will address Philip s misanthropy and that by being part of a circle of fellow patients, he will develop the relationship skills necessary to become a therapist.Philip enters the group, but he is interested in educating the members in Schopenhauer s philosophy which he claims is all the therapy anyone should need than he is in their individual problems Soon Julius and Philip, using very different therapeutic approaches, are competing for the hearts and minds of the group members.Is this going to be Julius s swan song a splintered group and years of good work down the drain Or will all the members, including Philip, find a way to rise to the occasion that brings with it the potential for extraordinary change In The Schopenhauer Cure, Irvin Yalom elegantly weaves the true story of Schopenhauer s psychological life throughout the narrative, knitting together fact and fiction to form a compellingly readable tale.

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    1. Irvin David Yalom, M.D is an author of fiction and nonfiction, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, an existentialist, and accomplished psychotherapist.

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    1. Live right, he reminded himself, and have faith that good things will flow from you even if you never learn of them Irvin D Yalom, The Schopenhauer CureThis book receives a five star rating not because the author is on the level with Vladimir Nabokov or Leo Tolstoy, but because this novel is a real page turner and teaches as great deal about two topics the dynamics of group psychotherapy and the illustrious nineteenth century philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer Highly recommended Take this book wit [...]


    2. Cancer Cures NeurosisAn episode of the British sci fi comedy, Red Dwarf, has a disturbing female character with a heavy Germanic accent proclaiming, Schopenhauer was rrrright Without pain, life has no meaning I am about to give your life meaning This is or less the central theme of Yalom s novel.Like Robertson Davies Manticore, The Schopenhauer Cure follows a series of psycho analytic therapy sessions, interspersed with background material But Yalom uses group not individual therapy as the bind [...]


    3. The Schopenhauer cure a novel, 1st ed, c2005, Irvin D Yalom 2016 1390 496 9789645638953 1788 1860 1392 547 9786001196195


    4. .The flower replied You fool Do you imagine I blossom in order to be seen I blossom for my own sake because it pleases me, and not for the sake of others My joy consists in my being and my blossoming.








    5. Relationships are difficult they can cause frustrations, misunderstandings, self loathing and a whole range of negative feelings, especially if our own mental formation was biased by hurtful past events, even by traumas that we are not able to acknowledge as such Human mind is a very powerful tool and most of us don t have any clue how to understand it and use it to our advantage Imagine an ancient city that built a high wall to protect it from the high torrents of an adjacent river Centuries la [...]





    6. La terapia inizia quando termina il rimprovero ed emerge la responsabilit Il romanzo racconta l ultimo anno di vita di un terapeuta, Julius, che decide di affrontare il decorso di una malattia incurabile continuando a fare ci che pi gli ha dato soddisfazione nella vita, ovvero l esercizio della terapia di gruppo.Non pago, prima di andarsene, deve avere la certezza che la sua vita, l a per la sua professione, sia stata utile e proficua per almeno un altro essere umano Decide pertanto di ricontatt [...]




    7. Biografia.Psicologia.Filosofia.Psicoterapia.E um escritor capaz de juntar tudo isto numa est ria cativante, envolvente e que muito d que pensar Adorei


    8. Irvin Yalom, The Schopehahauer CureThis is a lovely novel Its apparently ridiculous ending is not so it is a wink from the other side of the grave, a fatuous and caring slice of the humour by which we warm ourselves against death, perhaps Schopenhauer s wink and rare shy smile In fact, it is a brilliantly constructed novel of ideas It s theatrical in that most of the action takes place in a group therapy session, one set with moveable furniture it turns out , and theatrical in its drawing of dra [...]






    9. Dopo aver letto Le lacrime di Nietsche , dello stesso autore, di cui avevo apprezzato molto l interessante miscelazione di temi filosofici e psicoanalitici, ho affrontato la lettura di questo La cura Schopenauer sperando di ritrovare la stessa lucidit e profondit di pensiero, gli stessi spunti di riflessione E non sono rimasto deluso.Il romanzo racconta la storia dei cambiamenti che avvengono alle varie persone coinvolte in gruppo di terapia e si legge su due piani differenti il primo tratta e a [...]


    10. Schopenhauer Cure is a book that lives right at the corner of book nerd street and therapy nerd avenue I gave it 4 stars because, coincidently, I live on that same corner Irvin Yalom is or less the reigning Godfather of group therapy and has written extensively in the field, both in educational theory practice and fictional teaching novels A lot of my appreciation for this novel had to do with reading it for class in conjunction with Yalom s text book Theory and Practice of Group Therapy It was [...]



    11. This is a novel of ideas by Irvin D Yalom Given its title the publisher decided that it would be useful to add the words a novel at the top of the front cover presumably so that it would not be confused with self help psychology or philosophy texts.The novel portrays the operation of group therapy under the direction of Julius Hertzfeld, an experienced therapist, at the center of the novel But it also contains contrasting chapters highlighting the life and thought of Arthur Schopenhauer along wi [...]



    12. Live right, he reminded himself, and have faith that good things will flow from you even if you never learn of them This is the second book I ve read by Yalom,the first one being When Nietzsche Wept The two books actually have a lot in common, especially regarding the characters and their development They both start with a philosopher, who shows few to none emotions and undergoes some kind of therapy by a lovable and gentle psychotherapist, who at the end succeeds turning the lonely and distant [...]


    13. o segundo livro que leio deste autor o primeiro foi Quando Nietzsche Chorou e Irvin D Yalom come a a posicionar se como um dos meus autores favoritos Aliando a psicologia filosofia, o autor conta nos a hist ria de um psiquiatra com uma doen a terminal, que, ao lhe ser dito que s tem mais uns meses de vida, decide rever alguns dos seus antigos pacientes especialmente aqueles com os quais fracassou para verificar se o m todo foi ou n o eficaz para a resolu o dos problemas que os levaram terapia O [...]


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