Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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At the age of 74, best-selling author Irvin Yalom turns his attention to one of the great human questions: our fear of death. He suggests that what he calls the 'awakening experience' can help us acknowledge, accept, and make use of our fear of death in a positive manner. These awakening experiences often follow a loss, a trauma, or the death of a loved one, illness or just growing old. Yalom shows us how such an awakening can be the turning point for a more meaningful life.
This is a practical and tremendously useful book that includes methods and techniques for dealing with the most prevalent kinds of fear: anxiety that is hidden and appears to us as other problems in our lives. Dr. Yalom argues that once we confront our own mortality, we are inspired to rearrange our priorities, communicate more deeply with those we love, appreciate more keenly the beauty of life, and increase our willingness to take the risks necessary for personal fulfillment.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 46 minutes|
|Author||Irvin D. Yalom|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||09 July 2010|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 10,451 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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His own belief is that your consciousness simply "switches off" when you die.
His book is interesting up to the point when someone dies and it surprised me just how many people actually fear dying!
He makes a good living from it anyway!!
It is an interesting read to see exactly what fears people have about death and how it affects their lives the older they get. In the end, he tries to calm his patients fears so that they get some peace in their final days.
He doesn't take into account research in other fields such as that undertaken at the Munro Institute in Virginia or the work of Dr. Ron Moody, both of whom have researched where we go after dying.
Anyway, an interesting read if you are more biased to the atheist view of this is all there is!
Overall, I am glad I read most of the book, it does make you think and helped me think differently about life, and death. The message is simple - live for today, plan to live a long happy life, understand what the people you knew (who have died) did for you and the affect they had on you. Don't fear your mortality. If you do, read this book.
The book is a series of case studies of clients' death fears and anxieties and Yalom is his wonderful honest self, talking also about his issues with the subject. It's a good read, a quick read and for me, fairly satisfying but a little limiting as one case follows another.
For me the limitation of the book is his atheism and rationality concerning death
Maybe the book didn't do anything for me because I do not have death anxiety to any significant degree, or maybe I do and am so deep in denial that I cant see it. Whichever it is, the book did nothing for me and I abandoned it 2/3 of the way through. Possible case of having a hammer and every problem looking like a nail.