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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This is like people watching at the highest level, being explained to you by a solid human being with more experience of people than anyone you will have met before.
"Very thought provoking"
This book was very interesting. Some of the stories are haunting and most of them I found I could relate to in some way - they got me thinking about my own thoughts/ dreams etc.
It made me want to book a therapy session of my own!
Narration was perfect for this book. Steady and soothing.
"Interesting book but does lack something"
This book was highly interesting and beautifully read however, I found some of the conclusions of the author wanting although I did appreciate that might be because some of these patients issues were probably complex and maybe down to the level of confidentiality required.Subject of grief came up a great deal. Some of the patients are fascinating particularly the teenage boy he saw.
I particularly liked the chapter about his father, I found that gave the book more of a human feel.
Read this only if you want an overview of the work of a psychoanalyst and their patients. As in some ways it felt more like a diary rather than a book.
"Brilliant collection of observations"
You might find a new way of looking at yourself and others after listening. It's a great piece of work.
Yes, Its wonderful trying to understand why we become mentally ill!
The unfolding of the patients mental landscape
All the scenes where the patient makes a breakthrough.
"a must listen even for the very picky "
I found this book enlightening. exciting and I couldn't have listened to it for so many more hours than its length
"Can't rate this highly enough"
This is one of those books that has been the basis for many topics of conversation with many friends! More so than nearly any book I've listened to to date.
It is really clear and well written - intriguing, diverse and enlightening.
I will even listen to it again at some point...and this is saying something! I NEVER listen to stuff again!
"truth is stranger than fiction"
full of understanding and gentle truth
story length and naration
it made me want to train as a psychotherapist
The narrator and the material seemed to work in perfect harmony
I recognised some of the stories in people I know.
Never before, but I'll look for his work again.
It was emotionally gripping - and sometimes it made me laugh. It didn't make me cry though a few parts made me sad.
I loved this book, it's so well written & narrated. I found some of the stories very moving & could have listened to it for hours longer.
It shows what a vast array of human characteristics there are, how people are very different.
Some of the stories I could identify with.
Would definitely recommend.
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