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The Examined Life Audiobook

The Examined Life

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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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  • P1969
    9/8/15
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    "Utterly engrossing"

    I listened to this in one go, driving on the interminably dull motorway from Dunkirk to Brussels, and on to Liege and Metz. I was so engrossed that I failed - this once - to get angry at the impatience and aggressiveness of Belgian drivers.
    Many of these short case narratives have stayed with me. Perhaps not in the complexity of the individual cases but in individual sentences or insights that illuminate human behaviour: it is preferable to be found irritating or paranoid than to be forgotten or ignored; we turn something hurtful into a joke to cloak our pain; we repeat very specific patterns because that's a coping mechanism.
    These cases are composed with such economy and concision, and narrated with empathy and warmth, that you feel you're 'there': in someone else's consulting room. A lifetime's experience of psychoanalysis must have gone into the clarity of writing and reasoning. The conclusions and insights appear self-evident and logical (none of my three examples above are evidence of rocket science), but the cases are wrapped in idiosyncratic circumstances, entangled in individuals' speech patterns and replete with pent-up emotions so that it really takes a clinicians' patience and experience to get to the heart of the matter. The art of the book lies in making something inextricable transparent. It is beautifully done, lucidly written and deeply compassionate.
    Those Belgian drivers: does ANYONE know why they act like this? Where do they all have to be so urgently?

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    2/16/17
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    "A very short book on very large problems"


    Psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz condenses a lifetime into a few stories with different resolutions, entertaining and varied but not in depth enough to give any real understanding or perspective, some of the explanations sound almost made up to satisfy the reader, I am sure that with more information and a deeper knowledge of the psychoanalysis it would all make more sense.

    Anecdotal and rushed, not enough, a missed opportunity for all

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • chillioil
    4/22/17
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    "Interesting and thought provoking..."

    I found this a very enlightening book its a series of case studies which is quite illuminating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    4/20/17
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    "An interesting view to psychoanalyst's job"

    Stories are easy to listen to and follow, yet makes you think. Wish there were more psychoanalitical explanations after each story, lacked meaning in some (for me). Excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary C.
    4/8/17
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    "Sleeping pill."

    Put me to sleep every time I started to read. Better than a sleeping pill.
    Don't know why I bought it - or was it a freebie? Reader's voice was soporific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United Kingdom
    4/3/17
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    "5 stars! Gutted when I finished The Examined Life!"

    This book moved me immensely and caused me to reflect so much upon my own life, friends, family and relationships. I was genuinely saddened when I finished the book, and listening to the stories of others helped me to understand my own narrative. Simply brilliant work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Xim
    3/24/17
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    "Random short stories (don't expect some message..)"

    I don't know if I was expecting more from this book? but some random short stories was OK but not really helped or gave me anything. I finished it because I already paid for it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Cheetham
    Australia, VIC
    3/13/17
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    "Great story and narration"

    I learnt a lot from this - will relisten to some chapters. He teaches you things without you even realising. The narrator is incredible - wish he narrated more!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. EB
    London, UK
    3/7/17
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    "Great insight into the world of psychotherapy"

    Some very interesting interpretations and case studies. As a counsellor I found it insightful, will listen to it more than once for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donnocha
    10/11/16
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    "Really good. Well worth listening to."

    A really good story and very well read. Definitely one that I would listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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