IBNA- The book ‘Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir’ by noted American existential psychiatrist Irvin David Yalom translated into Persian by Nazi Akbari focuses on the personal experiences of its author through a retrospective journey.
In this book, Irvin Yalom puts himself on the couch in a lapidary memoir. He has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye on himself.
He opens his story with a nightmare: He is twelve and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, "Hello Measles!" But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting had hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson.
As ‘Becoming Myself’ unfolds, we see the birth of the insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply a man's life story, Yalom's reflections on his life and development are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.
‘Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir’ has been released by Qoqnoos Publishing in 398 pages and 1100 copies.