He begins with the distinction between System 1 and System 2 mental operations, the former referring to quick, automatic thought, the latter to more effortful, overt thinking. We rely heavily, writes, on System 1, resorting to the higher-energy System 2 only when we need or want to. The author then explores the nuances of our two-system minds, showing how they perform in various situations. Psychological experiments have repeatedly revealed that our intuitions are generally wrong, that our assessments are based on biases and that our System 1 hates doubt and despises ambiguity. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias , showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think and why we make the decisions that we do. Some of the later chapters dealing with risk-taking and statistics and probabilities are denser than others some readers may resent such demands on System 2!
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In six enthralling stories drawn from his own clinical experience, Irvin D. Yalom once again proves himself an intrepid explorer of the human psyche as he guides his patients--and himself--toward transformation. With eloquent detail and sharp-eyed observation Yalom introduces us to a memorable cast of characters.
Go ahead. Tell me, Oyvin, you listen to me? Do you know about me? Neither of us has been good at listening to the other. She knows how to hold her argument; the final comment completely shifted my perspective. The strong-willed women that followed, all with a formidable presence, left a lasting impact on me.
Within every patient, and within every clinical situation, lies the chrysalis of a rich human drama. The art of psychotherapy lies in activating that drama. Or not to see you as a real person with a narrative. I want to keep you outside of time. You always avoid my eyes. The point she made on holding eye contact struck a hidden chord in me. Of course, not all the stories were revolutionary, but each contained something wholesome and uniquely kind that made for a healing and enriching reading experience.
Lash inserted with no prior introduction. The only thing that doctor made me realize was the fact that having Irvin D. Yalom in our story was a central point in the therapist-patient interactions. Before the out-of-nowhere insert of Dr. But after reading Dr. It just goes to show that sometimes you got to see the bad to know that the good is underappreciated.
He has my everlasting admiration in the Nonfiction area. Lastly, the central theme of disentangling dreams and trying to make sense of them through analyzing every corner was an added bonus for me. Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko-fi.
Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy
Momma and the Meaning of Life
MOMMA AND THE MEANING OF LIFE