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With almost every book Ive written, my secret target audience is the young therapist. In this way, I am staying in my professorial role; Im writing teaching stories and teaching novels.
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To love means to be actively concerned for the life and the growth of another.

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I must stop him from being one of those who call themselves good because they have no claws.

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To the extent that one is responsible for one's life, one is alone.

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So the highest and the happiest of endeavors is to be a philosopher ? Doesn't it seem self-serving for a philosopher to make that claim?

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It's no great mystery. If no one will listen, it's only natural to shout!

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Perhaps the real therapy occurred at the deathbed scene, when they moved into honesty with the revelation that they were fellow travelers, both simply human, all too human.

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More in love with desire than with the desired!

— Irvin D. Yalom

Any limiting categorization is not only erroneous but offensive, and stands in opposition to the basic human foundations of the therapeutic relationship. In my opinion, the less we think (during the process of psychotherapy) in terms of diagnostic labels, the better. (Albert Camus once described hell as a place where one's identity was eternally fixed and displayed on personal signs: Adulterous Humanist, Christian Landowner, Jittery Philosopher, Charming Janus, and so on.8 To Camus, hell is where one has no way of explaining oneself, where one is fixed, classified-once and for all time.)

— Irvin D. Yalom

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