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Staring at the sun : overcoming the terror of death

Author: Irvin D Yalom
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Musical score : Manuscript   Archival Material : English : 1st ed
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The father of "existential psychotherapy" demonstrates that the fear of death can prompt an awakening to life and a realization that our connections to others and our influence on those around us are vital to our growth. Yalom also offers instructions for therapists seeking to help their patients overcome death anxiety.
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Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Musical Score, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Irvin D Yalom
ISBN: 9780787996680 0787996688
OCLC Number: 981707320
Description: viii, 306 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The mortal wound --
Recognizing death anxiety --
The awakening experience --
The power of ideas --
Overcoming death terror through connection --
Death awareness : a memoir --
Addressing death anxiety : advice for therapists.
Responsibility: Irvin D. Yalom.

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The father of "existential psychotherapy" demonstrates that the fear of death can prompt an awakening to life and a realization that our connections to others and our influence on those around us are vital to our growth. Yalom also offers instructions for therapists seeking to help their patients overcome death anxiety.

Yalom suggests that what he calls the "awakening experience" can help us acknowledge, accept, and utilize our fear of death in a very positive manner. Such an awakening experience can be as simple as a dream, or quick as a sudden insight. It is often a loss, a trauma, or just plain aging that can prompt an awakening experience that is a turning point for a more meaningful life. He discusses how people can make lasting changes in their lives, rearrange their priorities, communicate more deeply with those they love, eliminate interpersonal fears of rejection, and increase a willingness to take risks for personal fulfillment and a life filled with love.

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