Irvin D. Yalom

Irvin D. Yalom

M.D., is an author of fiction and nonfiction, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, an existentialist, and accomplished psychotherapist.
The creative members of an orthodoxy, any orthodoxy, ultimately outgrow their disciplines.More Irvin D. Yalom quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life as a therapist is a life of service in which we daily transcend our personal wishes and turn our gaze toward the needs and growth of the other. We take pleasure not only in the growth of our patient but also in the ripple effect—the salutary influence our patients have upon those whom they touch in life.More Irvin D. Yalom quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Some day soon, perhaps in forty years, there will be no one alive who has ever known me. That's when I will be truly dead - when I exist in no one's memory. I thought a lot about how someone very old is the last living individual to have known some person or cluster of people. When that person dies, the whole cluster dies,too, vanishes from the living memory. I wonder who that person will be for me. Whose death will make me truly dead?More Irvin D. Yalom quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Specialness as a primary mode of death transcendence takes a number of other maladaptive forms. The drive for power is not uncommonly motivated by this dynamic. One's own fear and sense of limitation is avoided by enlarging oneself and one's sphere of control. There is some evidence, for example, that those who enter the death-related professions (soldiers, doctors, priests, and morticians) may in part be motivated by a need to obtain control over death anxiety.More Irvin D. Yalom quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life is a spark between two identical voids, the darkness before birth and the one after death.More Irvin D. Yalom quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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