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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Lying on the Couch by Irvin D. The Gift of Therapy.


Lhing really enjoyed Love’s Executioner which is a collection of case studies. Ernest is single, lonely, and mightily tempted, but he is also conscientious and honest, and begins to see through Carol’s nearly airtight story. Flat characters, improbable coincidences, deadly language. The Dance of Connection. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Also, why were the analysts mostly old men? The Orphan Master’s Son.

Lying on the Couch

Within the first 50 pages, I knew what was going to happen in the next pages. Is there more to it as presented in this book? Want to Read saving…. Not good as fiction, not good as non-fiction. I employed my “if you’ve read over half and really hate it, you can quit” rule on this. Seymour Trotter is a senior psychoanalyst who is condemned and removed from psychoanalytic practice after entering a sexual relationship with one of his patients.


Just another proof that fiction writing has a great component of mystery in it. Unfortunately for psychiatrists and psychoanalysts, Yalom draws an unflattering portrait of this privileged world. Refresh and try again. The Art of Loving. Finally, there is Ernest Lash.

Prefer something with more action and a bit less psychoanalysis. It has no end. Ambitions and passions of individual professionals are present in the work of psychoanalysts.

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 coucy fiction. If not, this was an awfully drawn out experience to illustrate something I pretty much knew already. Lash who practices from his in located in the privileged community surrounding Sacramento Street in San Francisco. A Tale for the Time Being. Members of the psychoanalytic community are engaged in fragile and conflictual boundary dilemmas where motives and lyung involving psychoanalyst and patient are not what they seem.

Perhaps their attentiveness is simply taken for granted. He has an active psychoanalytic practice, ambition for respect and notice by the seniors of his professional community, and some aspiration to greater success as a theoretician and writer on the subject of psychoanalysis.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Just couldn’t get passed the creepy old man therapist at the very beginning.


There was a problem adding your email address. Interesting to read from a Psychiatrist’s perspective. In a nice twist, Ernest’s analytic supervisor, Marshal Streider, an upright, formal man who feels Ernest’s commitment to complete honesty is naive, enters into an investment with a con man passing as a patient.

On Becoming a Person. Enjoyed several of the characters and their interwoven, competing goals and desires, but too much time “on yling couch” for me. The con man reads Marshal’s vulnerabilities perfectly: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.

If the novel were a kind of multi-dimensional, multi-voiced lecture, what would my notes look like?

In fact, the dialogue is frequently painful. 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” How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.