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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"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.
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.
Loved Peter Marinker's rich voice which lent an interesting mix of solemnity and aloofness to the proceedings!
No, but it was certainly thought provoking
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.
"'Neither of us said anything for a while ....'"
Nope. At best vague, at worst miss information that would lead to potentially dangerously incorrect conclusions from the reader.
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.
I haven't, however, he is a fine narrator and would listen to another performance.
Look for some information based on actual research rather than guess work.
Try the Happiness Hypothesis instead
"helps clear some unanswered questions"
i would say this is enjoyable and intresting,
he brings the book to life were it may have taken this away if reading
yes I would have liked that
"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!
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.
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.
"truth is stranger than fiction"
full of understanding and gentle truth
story length and naration
it made me want to train as a psychotherapist
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