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Like the Gift of Therapy
Reviewed in Canada on February 18, 2016
This is the second book I have read from Irvin Yalom. Like the Gift of Therapy, it is underwhelming. I have the sense that he writes more to support his own ego than he does for the dissemination of knowledge. If you remove all of the self-promoting ramblings, you would be left with a book that is a fraction of the size and potentially worth reading. Saying that, if you are the type of person who is superficially interested in existentialism this author may be for you. It's unfortunate that we do not have more deep authentic existential authors writing these days. This is the readers digest version of existential psychotherapy. Those with a genuine interest in existentialism in psychology pick up something by Rollo May or Ernest Becker, but do yourself a an additional favor and also pick up some works from the existential philosophers themselves (e.g., Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, or even Kaufman's Existentialism: From Dostoevsky to Sartre).