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Seymour is a therapist 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 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 told on and off the psychoanalyst's couch, Lying on the Couch gives listeners a tantalizing, almost illicit glimpse at what their therapists might really be thinking during their sessions. Fascinating, engrossing, and relentlessly intelligent, it ultimately moves listeners with a denouement of surprising humanity and redemptive faith.
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By espanolish on 05-11-16
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Irvin D. Yalom holds the subject matter of psychology in a fresh, fun (and, yes, fictional) light. This alluring, seductive story is fresh and mature and down right interesting. Husbands and wives and gamblers and shysters and the whole kit-and-caboodle-- including psychologists-- spend their share of time on the couch. The characters are timid and feisty and right and wrong-- and Yalom skillfully interweaves their deceits and truths and varying perspectives to create a tapestry of seriously good story telling. There’s not a lot of “action,” just interesting, likable people and relatable problems and some happy endings. This book is loaded with snob-free intelligence and (I have to say it again)-- FUN.
Narrator Tony Pasqualini did a terrific job complimenting this delicious piece of work.
48 of 53 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 03-07-17
Exciting and captivating
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
great read, well written and good narration.
What did you like best about this story?
Is clinically relevant as well as the story being captivating.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
When marshall goes to the poker room and points out shellys " give aways"
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
made me reflect on my personal experiences.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Abz on 02-27-18
I found this book to be challenging at times as each new chapter would shift character(s). Dedication was needed to see it through to the end and at times I did struggle to figure out what was going on and who the chapter was about, I even had to remind myself who the characters were and re-familiarise myself with them. Having said all that, this book did challenge my mind, patience and determination to reach the finish line. I loved every part of it and would find a 2nd or even 3rd read to be as powerful as the first. It reminds me of one of those movies that the more you watch, the more they make sense. It was a typical funny, shoking and honest response from one of the greatest psychotherapists of our time. Enjoy!