By Irvin Yalom
Suddenly faced together with his personal mortality after a regimen checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is pressured to reexamine his lifestyles and paintings -- and seeks out Philip Slate, a intercourse addict whom he didn't support a few two decades previous. but Philip claims to be cured -- miraculously remodeled via the pessimistic teachings of German thinker Arthur Schopenhauer -- and is, himself, a philosophical counselor in education. Philips dour, misanthropic stance compels Julius to ask Philip to hitch his in depth treatment staff in alternate for tutoring on Schopenhauer. yet with mere months left, existence could be some distance too brief to aid Philip or to compete with him for the hearts and minds of the crowd individuals. after which back, it'd be simply lengthy enough.
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Wrong on all counts, Julius. First, I want to caution you against the error of assuming that your view of reality is the real thing—theres naturalis —and that your mission is to impose this vision on others. You crave and value relationships, and you make the erroneous assumption that I, indeed everyone, must do the same and that if I claim otherwise, I’ve repressed my relationship-craving. “It seems likely,” Philip continued, “that a philosophical approach may be far preferable for someone like me.
The dream image of a reunion with Gottfried could only mean one thing: a warning of approaching death. Consequently, Arthur decided to escape death by immediately leaving Berlin. He chose to move to Frankfurt, where he was to live the last thirty years of his life, largely because he thought it to be cholera-proof. 11 Philip’s First Meeting _________________________ Thegreatest wisdom is to make the enjoyment of the present the supreme object of life because that is the only reality, all else being the play of thought.
Philip waited two or three minutes and then: “What say you to my offer? ” “Well Philip, it’s not your everyday offer. I need more time to think it through. Let’s meet later this week. I take off Wednesday afternoons. ” Philip nodded. “I finish at three on Wednesday. ” “No, Philip. My office. It’s in my home at two-forty-nine Pacific Avenue, not too far from my old office. ” Excerpts from Julius’s Journal After his lecture Philip’s proposal for a supervision-tutoring swap stunned me. How quickly one moves back into the familiar force field of another person!
The Schopenhauer Cure: A Novel (P.S.) by Irvin Yalom