A willingness to confess to his various mistakes in the course of treating patients made Dr. Yalom’s nonfiction bestseller, Love’s Executioner & Other Tales. Yalom weaves this central element of the plot with many other relationships. With Lying on the Couch, Irvin Yalom returns to many of the themes of his. Read “Lying On The Couch A Novel” by Irvin D. Yalom with Rakuten Kobo. From the bestselling author of Love’s Executioner and When Nietzsche Wept comes.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Yaolm saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Lying on the Couch by Irvin D. Lying on the Couch by Irvin D. From the bestselling author of Love’s Executioner and When Nietzsche Wept comes a provocative exploration of the unusual relationships three therapists form with their patients.
Seymour is a tye of the old school who blurs the boundary of sexual propriety with one of his clients. Marshal, who is haunted by his own obsessive-compulsive behaviors, is troubled by the ro From the bestselling author of Love’s Executioner and When Nietzsche Wept comes a provocative exploration of the unusual relationships three therapists form with their patients.
Marshal, who is haunted by his own obsessive-compulsive behaviors, is troubled by the role money plays in his dealings with his patients. Finally, there is Ernest Lash. Driven by his sincere desire to help and his faith in psychoanalysis, he invents a radically new approach to therapy — a totally open and honest relationship with a patient that threatens to have devastating results. Exposing the many lies that are told on and off the psychoanalyst’s couch, Lying on the Couch gives readers a tantalizing, almost illicit, glimpse at what their therapists might really be thinking during their sessions.
Fascinating, engrossing and relentlessly intelligent, it ultimately moves readers with a denouncment of surprising humanity and redemptive faith. Paperbackpages. Published July 18th by Harper Perennial first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lying on the Couchplease sign up.
See 1 question about Lying on the Couch…. Lists with This Book. But you have to be bold and creative enough yqlom fashion a new therapy for each patient. Troppo forzato e yalmo. L’avvocatessa che si mette a fare l’analista un pugno nello stomaco.
Jan 11, Lee Kofman rated it it was ok. This book was even worse than Yalom’s other two novels I’d read. Real reminder why popular literature is as bad as chips in a bag. Flat characters, improbable lyiing, deadly language. There were several moderately interesting insights into therapy but other lynig that — waste of time.
It amazes me how a man famous o his psychological insight, someone who works with human complexity, can create such cardboard people when he writes. Just another proof that yxlom writing has a great compon This book was even worse than Yalom’s other two novels I’d read. Just another proof that fiction writing has a great component of mystery in it. Nov 28, Jamie Hansen rated it it was ok. It was my fourth of Yalom’s fiction, sixth including his nonfiction and it’s definitely bottom of the pack.
It had some redeeming moments he sure can write therapy process well, and I marked several lyimg that quite om and beautifully describe certain therapeutic techniques but on the whole I found myself sifting through a lot of dirt and muck to get to what was worthwhile. A whole LOT of explicit sexual description of patient and at coych therapist fant A disappointment overall.
A whole LOT of explicit sexual description of patient couh at times therapist fantasies and quite unfortunatelya disturbing amount of sexual behavior between patients and their therapists blegh, so wrong.
While I realize it happens, I feel like the way it was talked about in this book made it seem way more prevalent than it is I would hope! At least there was one example of a therapist who refused to capitulate to a patient’s sexual advances. Oh and I didn’t count but I’m pretty sure there were nearly 20 f-words in the first pages alone.
Jun 22, Thu rated it it was ok. The lesson of the day is that your therapist wants to have sex with you. On a serious note, this book, to me, felt like a cheesy B-rated romantic comedy flick in a psychotherapy setting. The main plot did not become interesting to me until the end, and the side plots bored me to tears. I did like something about the ckuch. The therapy sessions in are a fictionalized demonstration of the author’s method of therapy, and I found these enjoyable to read.
However, with the exception of the protagonist, The lesson of the day is that your therapist wants to have sex with you. However, with the exception of the protagonist, Ernest, the characters are bland, forgettable, and unmemorable, with poorly written dialogue Shelly in particular, especially when he said “Capiche” Mar 17, Danai Tsouna rated it it was ok Shelves: I wasn’t used to reading english books back then and this one seemed like a difficult book in terms of understanding.
I wasn’t very fond of the story either, I remember thinking yallm it was boring and couldn’t see were the story was going. So, I never finished that book and later on I left it on a table at one of the gates of Terminal 2, Malpensa airport, in Milan, in hope that someone else will find it and appreciate coich a little more.
It was ok, but I had so much more expectations from it.
LYING ON THE COUCH by Irvin D. Yalom | Kirkus Reviews
I do not know why I just had. Plus that I hated the way it ends. It has no end. This book leaves me in the middle of the action with no clue of what will happen next. Not even a bit. Plus that I do not consider it an end that lets you wonder what will happen next, or that makes you imagine stories of how this story could finish. Sorry but I am not as impressed as I should be. Dec 02, Jack rated it it was ok. I am usually a huge fan of Yalom’s books, but this one just didn’t it for me, I made it through the first pages without issue but lost interest at the characters and long winded explanations of the workings of psychiatry as an institution.
A bit predictable and oversexualuzed for me. Also, why were the analysts mostly old men? Dec 07, Lauren rated it it was ok.
I employed my “if you’ve read over half and really hate it, you can quit” rule on this. It felt skeezy to me. Just couldn’t get passed the creepy old man therapist at the very beginning. Oct 09, Jane Carlson rated it it was ok Shelves: Tedious; can’t relate at all to this book; the best part was the end when it was sort of wrapped up.
Dec 14, Patrick rated it it was ok. Or to put it another way: Such expectations are impossible to dispense with once one becomes aware of them; all we can do is declare them and carry on, I suppose. But these initial intrigues never develop into anything of deeper thematic interest.
The central plot concerns Ernest, a fairly annoying therapist with a high opinion of his own abilities, and his relationship with a patient named Carol. Much of this stuff is simply uninteresting, and often it seems the author is so interested in the dynamics of their own couh that they forgot to explain to the reader why it is that they should care.
Perhaps their attentiveness is simply taken for granted. This I would take to mean that the form of the novel is intended to deliver some kind of message about human nature that is too important to be left to fiction. If the novel were coich kind of multi-dimensional, multi-voiced lecture, what would lyign notes look like?
These are anecdotes, not lessons for life. I had a very hard time finishing this book. Not good as fiction, not good as non-fiction. Who is the targeted reader?
Sep 23, Joanna rated it it was ok Shelves: I did not enjoy this book. I found the characters to be intensely unlikeable and was unable to get past that to fully appreciate the teaching messages about psychotherapy. I must admit that reading about all of these horrifying analysis experiences helped to hammer home the central message.
The therapist must not violate the trust. Do not take advantage. Is there more to it as presented in this book? If so, I missed it. If not, this was an awfully drawn out experience to illu I did not enjoy this book. If not, this was an awfully drawn out experience to illustrate something I pretty much knew already.
I did enjoy the machinations of Carol a bit and was intrigued by the flower arranging, but neither paid off as I wished. The last five words made me Laugh Out Loud. Jan 26, Sushipink rated it it was ok. So disappointed by this as I am a huge fan of Yalom’s case studies.