Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir

Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir Review

Bestselling writer and psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom puts himself on the couch in a lapidary memoir
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
Edition Language:English

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  • Petra X

    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)....

  • Heather Anne

    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 ow...

  • C?r?i ?i c?l?torii

    Yalom m-a atras întotdeauna prin conținutul cărților sale, nu prin forma lor. Adică la fiecare roman citit (Plânsul lui Nietzsche, Minciuni pe canapea, Soluția Schopenhauer, Problema Spinoza), ...

  • Hakan

    yalom'un temsil ettiği psikiyatrist kimliğine, genel olarak doktor kimliğine, ihtiyacımız olduğunu ve bu ihtiyacımızın gün geçtikçe artacağını düşünüyorum. hepimiz hasta ya da hasta...

  • Jean

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

  • Adrian Dinu

    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...

  • Nima Morgan

    I have read all of Dr. Yalom's books and I have really enjoyed all of them. After reading his memoir I would now like to go back and read all of his books again!! I truly enjoyed reading about how ric...

  • Miguel

    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...

  • Lavinia P.

    “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 s...

  • Csilla Gantner

    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...