Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir

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Published Australia, 2017
Irvin Yalom's memoir opens with a nightmare. He is twelve and is riding his bicycle past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out 'Hello Measles!, hoping to befriend her. But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting has hurt her. For Irvin Yalom, this was the birth of empathy - and he would not forget the lesson. As the book unfolds, we see the development of the compassionate and insightful Irvin Yalom. His reflections on life and growth are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives. Irvin Yalom is the psychiatrist who thinks like a philosopher and writes like a fine novelist.

Irvin Yalom is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University.
Paperback. 343 pages


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