We are all storytellers - through stories, we make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last 25 years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour.
The Examined Life distils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding. Its aphoristic and elegant stories teach us a new kind of attentiveness. They also unveil a delicate self-portrait of the analyst at work, and show how lessons learned in the consulting room can reveal as much to him as to the patient. These are stories about our everyday lives: about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear, and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves, too.
©2013 Stephen Grosz (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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As a therapist I found the title intriguing and was not disappointed when I heard the stories. The narrator did a good job as the tone fitted the mood of the book. The voice did not jar or irritate. That is the one thing I look out for before I buy. I loved the range of tales and the fact that some problems and issues, most, did not have a clean cut resolution. However, the writer still managed to let the reader know what happen next to satisfy any curiosity. This book is a lesson in listening skills, being non judgemental (but still having an opinion) and having patience. Would recommend.
"Contemplative prose giving insights"
I enjoyed the timber of Peter Marinkers voice and felt that this lent itself well to the subject matter. As therapy is often a closed affair, being privy to this interaction and the thoughts, doubts and reason for the therapists intervention made for compelling listerning
I found all the therapists clients made for compelling reading as they all twisted and turned along their life journeys in the way that we can all relate to.
As I mentioned earlier, I founded the timber and mellifluous quality of Peter Marinkers voice brought a thoughtful and compelling aspect that perhaps would not have been present if I had read it myself. I no doubt would have brought my own inflections embrubed with judgements and assumptive leanings to the text.
This book made me ponder on all the ways we, human beings avoid the truth of our existence.
I really recommend this book Stephen Grosz is a brave and honest man who has let us witness the therapeutic process and very few have managed to do this well. I liken this books to that of Irvin Yalom's 'Love's Executioner.'
I found this book a complete pleasure to listen to. The narrator has a lovely melodious tone, and the stories from the authors clinical practice are captivating.
The writing style which was so pleasant to listen to.
No but I will look out for them now.
A glimpse of humanity.
Different lives and different stories, conscious and unconscious, sensitively explored by the author in his attempt to improve the future of his patients. A fascinating insight that has helped me look at my life in a clearer light. I found the last account particularly interesting and poignant, how he helped his patient so much by just listening to his 'silence'. Wonderful book.
"Thought provoking listen"
Very interesting book - it makes you look at things slightly differently from before. I am now taking a Phycology course with the OU after listening to this.
"A riveting listen"
I'm not usually into books about psychology or psychoanalysis but I really enjoyed this on many levels. Firstly the narration is lovely. The narrator's voice is incredibly calming and relaxing. Secondly the way the 'stories' are presented is very interesting - Stephen Grosz recounts the details of his sessions with various clients, what was discussed, how the client reacted, what he felt etc. This is all quite factual and as a listener it's almost like you're spying on the sessions. Interestingly he doesn't draw any conclusions, he just presents the facts, almost like a story, leaving you to ponder the outcome and meaning. I really enjoyed this, although I can also see that some people might find it frustrating as there is sometimes no obvious 'point'. Interestingly, the 'story' that had the most resonance was personal; a very moving account of a trip he took with his father. All in all, I'd really recommend it as just a different kind of audiobook.
"enjoyable if brief"
This was a quick listen, yet fascinating in its entirety. Of course books on psychoanalysis can have you pondering your own mental state and this was no exception. Interesting, well written and well read. the author is clearly an erudite and intelligent analyst, talking about his experiences with respect and humility.
"Very interesting, but no suspense."
Great if you are a psychotherapy novice like me, it makes you look at yourself and others differently. Easy listening, but I think it would have had a but more suspense actually reading the book.
This book was truly a great book such an eye opener and a good understanding how and why people behave the way they do to certain situations.
"sensitive and insightful"
I enjoyed this audiobook and took away a couple of little gems from it to keep. Grosz writes in an honest and open style and lets you into his private world and reflections after a lifetime of client work.
Would have wanted a different narrator personally and found myself getting annoyed with this one
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