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Yalom was born in Washington, D. Yalom spent much of his childhood reading books in the family home above the grocery store and in a local library. He was appointed to the faculty in and promoted over the following years, being granted tenure in Soon after this period he made some of his most lasting contributions by teaching about group psychotherapy and developing his model of existential psychotherapy. His writing on existential psychology centers on what he refers to as the four "givens" of the human condition : isolation , meaninglessness , mortality and freedom , and discusses ways in which the human person can respond to these concerns either in a functional or dysfunctional fashion. In , Yalom published The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, speaking about the research literature around group psychotherapy and the social psychology of small group behavior. This work explores how individuals function in a group context, and how members of group therapy gain from his participation group.