Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 55 minutes|
|Author||Irvin D. Yalom|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 24, 2015|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #168,050 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,365 in Medical Psychotherapy TA & NLP
#1,978 in Popular Psychology Psychotherapy
#4,028 in Psychology (Audible Books & Originals)
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I learned in Twelve-Step recovery that EGO stands for Easing God Out, and there was a lot of EGO in these pages – too much for me – until I encountered a hugely redeeming thread running through: mortality (the practically verboten subject of death). To me, THIS is The Subject most worthy of consideration in life, yet many hide their heads in the sand, as if not seeing The Subject renders it specious. It is regrettable that some are so fearful of “the debt of death” that they refuse “the loan of life.”
Yalom himself admits that his “frenzied life pace was but a clumsy attempt to quell death anxiety.” He thinks the field of medicine may have beckoned to him because “it offers the only hope of mastery over death” and, in a way, it did. When he and a colleague led a support group for terminal cancer patients, they did not find people who were bitter and morose; they found people whose death sentences had “bestowed a special poignancy” to life. One group member shared that “it took till now, till our bodies were riddled with cancer, to know how to live.”
One of my favorite lines in this book says, “You’ve got to find your own song to sing.” It yanked my head out of the sand, so to speak. I agree with Yalom that “the most enlightened individuals are those aware of their destination” and when he says, “You and I are just fellow travelers through this life, both of us listening to the bell tolling.” I hope we are both listening. Because we are all terminal.
What I got was better than I expected. Momma and the Meaning of Life contains several poignant stories that cast light onto the process of death and dying. His stories show how the process can be ennobling--especially when it is nurtured by a gifted therapist.