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Staring at the Sun

“Why, you may ask, take on this unpleasant, frightening subject? Why stare into the sun? Why not follow the advice of the venerable dean of American psychiatry, Adolph Meyer, who, a century ago, cautioned psychiatrists, 'Don't scratch where it doesn't itch'? Why grapple with the most terrible, the darkest and most unchangeable aspect of life? ... Death, however, DOES itch. It itches all the time; it is always with us, scratching at some inner door, whirring softly, barely audibly, just under the membrane of consciousness.” - Irvin Yalom

Irvin Yalom's book 'Staring at the Sun' is a profound meditation on the ways and things that get in the way of our relationship with mortality. The things that get in the way of our relationship with death. The way that our relationship with death 'gets in'.

Yalom, in true storytelling style, walks us through the ways in which death terror, or death anxiety, can be found all around. Looking deeply into the symptoms presented in our daily lives, he offers insight and advice on the bigger, more overbearing fear of death that has been at the centre of discussion and reflections for hundreds of years.



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