- About the Book
"The publication of Creatures of a Day is reason to celebrate." --Steven PinkerIn this stunning collection of stories, renowned psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom describes his patients' struggles--as well as his own--to come to terms with the two great challenges of existence: how to have a meaningful life yet reckon with its inevitable end. We meet a nurse who must stifle the pain of losing her son in order to comfort her patients' pains, a newly minted psychologist whose studies damage her treasured memories of a lost friend, and a man whose rejection of psychological inquiry forces even Yalom himself into a crisis of confidence.Creatures of a Day is a radically honest statement about the difficulties of human life, but also a celebration of some of the finest fruits--love, family, friendship--it can offer. Marcus Aurelius has written that "we are all creatures of a day." With Yalom as our guide, we will find the means to make our own day not only bearable, but also meaningful and joyful.
In his new book, Creatures of a Day, Irvin D. Yalom, author of the best-selling Love's Executioner, makes a compelling case for returning to the essence of what has always made any brand of psychotherapy effective: the therapist's ability to connect and collaborate with his or her patients, making them feel safe and valued.... Yalom keeps the reader enticed with personal narratives that are concise, profound and well-woven into his overarching theme.... Rather than adopting a fatalistic view of the inevitable, Creatures of a Day embraces the power of human resilience. And by demonstrating the capacity to repair and better ourselves through an authentic healing relationship, this book presents us with a remedy more powerful than any fad or pill could promise.