Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death

By Irvin D. Yalom

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Written in Irv Yalom's inimitable story-telling style, Staring at the Sun is a profoundly encouraging approach to the universal issue of mortality. In this magisterial opus, capping a lifetime of work and personal experience, Dr. Yalom helps us recognize that the fear of death is at the heart of much of our anxiety. Such recognition is often catalyzed by an "awakening expe Written in Irv Yalom's inimitable...

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February 1st 2008 by Jossey-Bass

(first published January 2008)

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Quotes From "Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death"

"... sooner or later she had to give up the hope for a better past."
"...the more unlived your life, the greater your death anxiety. The more you fail to experience your life fully, the more you will fear death."
"The pain is there; when you close one door on it, it knocks to come in somewhere else..."
"Self-awareness is a supreme gift, a treasure as precious as life. This is what makes us human. But it comes with a costly price: the wound of mortality. Our existence is forever shadowed by the knowledge that we will grow, blossom, and, inevitably, diminish and die."
"Why, you may ask, take on this unpleasant, frightening subject? 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'? Why grapple with the most terrible, the darkest and most unchangeable aspect of life? ... Death, however, DOES itch. It itches all the time; it is always with us, scratching at some inner door, whirring softly, barely audibly, just under the membrane of consciousness."
"Nu experientele in sine, ci felul in care le interpretam determina calitatea vietii noastre."
"Fiecare alegere presupune o renuntare, si fiecare renuntare ne face constienti de limitare si temporalitate."
"Психотерапевты в своей работе всегда исходят из того, что истина, до которой человек дошел сам, намного дороже той, что ему рассказали другие."

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