Excerpt from new book by Irvin Yalom on dealing with death anxiety. Sage advice for therapists and others in facing the ultimate existential concern. PsycCRITIQUES, Positive existential psychotherapy and pathways to death acceptance. Staring at the sun: Overcoming the terror of death. By Irvin D. Yalom. Over the past quarter century Irvin Yalom has established himself as the world’s leading group psychotherapist. In STARING AT THE SUN.

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But you don’t feel like a hero, do you?

But it comes with a costly price: Why stare into the sun? Why not follow the advice of the venerable dean of American psychiatry, Adolph Meyer, who, a century ago, cautioned psychiatrists, ‘Don’t scratch where it doesn’t itch’? But when we fail to reach our own, families, communities or societies ‘ideals’ this often results in feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and low mood.

World renowned therapist Dr. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. Although these people have come to Yalom seeking relief, recognition, or meaning, he and they discover that such things are rarely found in the places where we think to look.

Staring At The Sun

Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. Although an improvement in ‘self-esteem’ is what we may feel we want this is not necessarily what we need. Absorbing and deeply thoughtful, Momma and the Meaning of Life is a work of rare insight and imagination. At age 70 and facing his own fear of death, which he discusses in a special afterword, Dr Yalom tackles his toughest subject yet and finds it to be the root cause of patients’ fears, stresses and depression.


He has won two major awards from the American Psychiatric Association and is the author of the highly regarded Love’s Executioner and Moomma and the Meaning of Life.

Death, however, DOES itch.

In this fully revised and updated edition of Learning ACT, you’ll find workbook-format exercises to help you understand and take advantage of ACT’s unique six process model-both as a tool for diagnosis and case conceptualization, and as a basis for structuring treatments for clients.

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At age 70 and facing his own fear of death, which he discusses in a special afterword, Dr Yalom tackles his toughest subject yet and finds it to be the root cause of patients’ fears, stresses and depression. By practicing the exercises in this workbook, you’ll learn how this powerful modality can improve clients’ psychological flexibility and help them to live better lives. And how do we confront our inevitable end?

The more you fail to experience your life fully, the more you will fear death. This is a book for anyone who has sat on their meditation seat or cushion and snu whether they should go on. A book of wisdom to help us overcome our anxiety of death.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This second edition of the pioneering ACT skills-training manual starlng clinicians provides a comprehensive update-essential for both experienced practitioners and those new to using ACT and its applications. Information for Authors Press Booksellers and Distributors. This book is your call to adventure, an invitation to be the hero in your own story.


All of us worry about something, irvun or small, every day. Return to Book Page. Escape from the trap of self-criticism by taking your own sideUse the T-R-U-T-H Technique to get out from under bad feelings, fastNeutralize old emotions that zap your energy and undermine your happinessAllow painful feelings to let go of you, instead of the other way aroundBreak long-standing relationship patterns by healing old woundsBuild a healthier, more loving relationship with the most important person in your life – you!

Provides a fascinating insight into the human condition and our search for happiness. This is because self-esteem is often associated with times when things are going well but can fail us when things do not go to plan.

Staring At The Sun : Irvin D. Yalom :

Readers will also be introduced to mindfulness and learn how to use it in everyday life to connect with their actions, experiences and the people around them.

Thinking negative thoughts is a choice we can refuse to make. Want to Read saving…. With important revisions based on new developments in contextual behavioral science, Learning ACT, Second Edition includes up-to-date exercises and references, as well as material on traditional, evidence-based behavioral techniques for use within the ACT framework.

Contains six absorbing case studies which reveal the intricacies our psychological landscapes.