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Death

Dec 01, 2015
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”Death's rather like a certain kind of lecturer”, the novelist John Fowles said, ”You don't really hear what is being said until you're in the front row. So speaks the American psychoanalyst and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, in his classic "Existential Psychotherapy" from 1980. Drawing from clinical experience, empirical research, philosophy, and literature Irvin Yalom examines what he identifies as the four ultimate concerns: Death, Freedom, Existential...

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Meaninglessness

Nov 15, 2015
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Why do we live? Is there a reason for existence and a meaning to life? Can meaning even exist when all living will die and nothing lasts forever? So asks the american psychoanalyst and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, in his 1980 best-seller "Existential Psychotherapy." Drawing from clinical experience, empirical research, philosophy, and literature Irvin Yalom examines what he identifies as the four ultimate concerns: death, freedom, existential isolation,...

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Existential Isolation

Nov 01, 2015
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Existential isolation is a fundamental isolation – an isolation both from creatures and from world. No matter how close each of us becomes to another, there remains a final, unbridgeable gap; each of us enters existence alone and must depart from it alone.  So speaks the american psychoanalyst and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, of existential isolation in his 1980 classic "Existential Psychotherapy." Drawing from clinical experience, empirical research,...

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Freedom

Oct 01, 2015
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What is freedom? Does it even make sense to speak of "freedom" if man cannot relinquish freedom? And how can we "avoid" freedom while still convincing ourselves we embrace our personal freedom?  Ordinarily we think of freedom as an unequivocally positive concept. Throughout recorded history has not the human being yearned and striven for freedom? Yet freedom viewed from the perspective of ultimate ground is riveted to dread. In its existential sense...

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