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The Examined Life | [Stephen Grosz]

The Examined Life

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Garyion
    Dublin, Ireland
    12/30/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy Giles
    Exeter, Devon United Kingdom
    9/4/14
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    "Fascinating"
    What did you like most about The Examined Life?

    It's a natural human inclination to be curious about the lives and thought processes of others. The Examined Life was certainly a rich mine. It also served as a useful read for a little self reflection.


    What about Peter Marinker’s performance did you like?

    Loved Peter Marinker's rich voice which lent an interesting mix of solemnity and aloofness to the proceedings!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it was certainly thought provoking


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • maria
    Crowborough, United Kingdom
    7/10/14
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    "incredibly interesting!"
    Would you listen to The Examined Life again? Why?

    Yes, Its wonderful trying to understand why we become mentally ill!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unfolding of the patients mental landscape


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All the scenes where the patient makes a breakthrough.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    4/26/14
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    "'Neither of us said anything for a while ....'"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nope. At best vague, at worst miss information that would lead to potentially dangerously incorrect conclusions from the reader.


    What could Stephen Grosz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Been better at his job. He either says nothing, which is possibly the best outcome for the patient as it is neutral or comes to conclusions which are pure supposition on his part rather than based on any scientific evidence.

    If you seen Psycho, your fear of being stabbed in the shower perhaps stems from having seen the film rather than a deep seated terror of being ignored? The human brain is indeed complex, however it is also true that often the obvious explanation is the correct one.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Marinker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, however, he is a fine narrator and would listen to another performance.


    Did The Examined Life inspire you to do anything?

    Look for some information based on actual research rather than guess work.


    Any additional comments?

    Try the Happiness Hypothesis instead

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathst
    United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "helps clear some unanswered questions"
    Where does The Examined Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    i would say this is enjoyable and intresting,


    What does Peter Marinker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    he brings the book to life were it may have taken this away if reading


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes I would have liked that


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coco the Coo
    12/11/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "disppointing"

    After reading the rave reviews I was surprised to find that this book annoyed me. I found it so irritating that I abandonned it half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Germany
    11/24/13
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    "Ambivalent"

    Being a psychotherapist working from a totally different perspective then the psychoanaylitc one, I was ambivalent about this book before I listened to it. And to be open I still am.... There are a lot of very interesting issues discussed and some insights were very usefull to me. But the book does not give you a real idea about psychoanalysis (I can't imaging what it is liked to see a patient or a therapist for that matter five times a week for years!) but maybe that is not what is intended and then this is a very interesting book about totally different aspects of life. I liked the way it was read: not to emotional, but sometimes I felt liked the dialouges would have needed a different intonation. All in all I would recommend to read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    10/24/13
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    "truth is stranger than fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    full of understanding and gentle truth


    What did you like best about this story?

    story length and naration


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    all good


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me want to train as a psychotherapist


    Any additional comments?

    just listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    9/15/13
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    "Ok - but didn't hold my attention to the end"

    This is one of those books that SHOULD be engrossing, but isn't. For anyone interested in human behaviour, the case-histories provide some interest. But for some reason, the style of the narrator, and the less than comprehensive conclusions of each case made it feel disappointing. I realise that when you are talking about real people's cases, one can't always follow their stories in any real depth. Nevertheless, I felt that this book jumped from one case to another too quickly. It would have been more involving if the author had found some way of giving more in-depth insight throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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