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From the best-selling 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 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.
©2014 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By espanolish on 05-11-16

Fresh Fun!

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.

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By Jaclyn Harris on 04-25-16


a great cast of characters that were surprisingly intermingled! interesting how things turned out. amazing narrator!

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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.

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By michael j sheedy on 01-26-18

Pearls of wisdom from a natural storyteller

Another clever, witty and insightful offering from Dr Yalom. I have read / listened to all of his books and this one is up there with the best - bravo!

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