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When Nietzsche Wept

When Nietzsche Wept

Irvin D. Yalom

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Quotes from Dr. Irvin Yalom

Quotes from Dr. Irvin Yalom

"Life is a spark between two identical voids, the darkness before birth and the one after death."

“The spirit of a man is constructed out of his choices.”

“Every person must choose how much truth he can stand.”

“If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic.”

“It is wrong to bear children out of need, wrong to use a child to alleviate loneliness, wrong to provide purpose in life by reproducing another copy of oneself. It is wrong also to seek immortality by spewing one's germ into the future as though sperm contains your consciousness!”


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Summary of the book "When Nietzsche Wept"

Summary of the book "When Nietzsche Wept"

  • Irvin Yalom is an American existential psychiatrist. In his book "When Nietzsche Wept" he narrates the fictional story of a doctor Josef Breuer and the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
  • The book starts with a meeting between a friend of Nietzsche with Breuer to ask him to urgently help Nitzsche as he is at the brink of suicide and his death will be a great death for humanity due to his bright future in philosophy. 
  • Breuer decides to help Nietzsche but his own personal problems become more exaggerated along the way of consultations.  


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  • The book is full of psychological questions and answers with existential philosophy hints. This book is based on a methodology called "Psychoanalysis" which was developed by Sigmund Freud
  • In this theory, all the psychological problems are down rooted in the unconscious mind. 
  • In this technique, psychologists aim to release repressed emotions and experiences, i.e., make the unconscious conscious.
  • Treatment focuses on bringing the repressed conflict to consciousness, where the client can deal with it.


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