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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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
"Not as good as I had hoped"
Extremely good concept but I couldn't help but feel a little let down by this book. It may be naivety but I expected the author to be all knowing and to impress me with his insights into each patient; this is not the case and is in fact a lot more prone to errors and misjudgment. In many ways this is a good thing but it scares me that you can go to visit someone for help and that they might find you boring and tune out, might not understand you, or simply not grasp the bigger picture. Having said that this book is full of different stories and everyone will find something to relate to and take solace from. From that point of view this is a very good and honest book, but could of been that bit better.
"Insightful and delightful."
The Examined Life, by Stephen Grosz, is a fascinating book. All of the many cases studied therein are sufficiently different from each other, sufficiently extraordinary and yet recognisably human. The book provides a rich and truly moving account of the human experience as lived by a variety of individuals from all walks of life. In each case, particular problems are explicitly presented and interpreted, and it is in these interpretations that I found reflections that I felt provided useful insight into the lives of others, including my own life. The book always commanded my attention, it made me curious, made me angry, made me burst out laughing, and even made me cry. It never bored me. The book is beautifully read by Peter Marinker, I felt his tone and tempo to be perfect for this sort of work. There is also something personal and soothing to his voice. Indeed, he sounded much like how I'd expect a psychoanalyst to sound like.
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