Regular price: $17.77

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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.

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    31
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    29
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    24
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Xim
  • 03-24-17

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...

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Rebecca
  • 03-13-17

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!!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Ms. EB
  • 03-07-17

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.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Donnocha
  • 10-11-16

Really good. Well worth listening to.

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

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Sigrin
  • 06-27-16

Psychoanalysis for all


Good Small chunks from the couch of Dr Grosz couch.
Very well explained by Dr Grosz and delivered by the narrator, who I must admit I thought I had on slow speed to start with!! He went to the speak slowly to sound intelligent school of thought.

Did make me think about my life and things I do and what I am really saying.

Best bit was his dismissal of Kubler Ross theory on grief. We do go through the various stages of grief, however not everyone gets acceptance at the end, we just learn to live with it.
Enjoy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • AMARY42
  • 01-09-16

Great insights from an experienced professional

I loved listening to the case studies in this book. Very concisely reported in a story telling way, I found myself moved by many of the individuals whose stories Dr Grosz tells. I could relate to some of the case histories and also learnt a lot overall a very good book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • debit
  • 11-25-15

Brilliant

What a great book we should all get a chance to listen to it... Insightful and helpful on many levels

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Jennifer McCullough
  • 11-04-15

Thought-provoking

I loved Peter Marinker's voice. His warmth matched the warmth and intelligence of the words he was reading. I recognised some of the situations described and it made me think about my own life. Actually it made me want to visit a psychoanalyst to help me unpick aspects of my life I found confusing.
I would like to listen to another book read by Peter Marinker. It is particularly well modulated and soothing.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Velile Nare
  • 10-12-15

A rich blend

A fantastic and rich blend of cases about life. It made me think about my life; how I approach many chanllenges and in some instances how I become anxious.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • David
  • 10-05-15

Turns out we're all maniacs

It was interesting to hear about other people's problems and to compare these to my own experiences. However, I'm not convinced in the merits of psychoanalysis and would prefer to hear about a more evidence-based approach. Still, the book is very well read and kept me interested throughout. Oh, and "the catastrophe of indifference" is a phrase from one chapter that has stuck in my mind, partly because it would be a great title for a doom metal album!