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The Examined Life Audiobook

The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves

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Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary book for anyone eager to understand the hidden motives that shape our lives.

We are all storytellers—we create stories to make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales; there must be someone to listen.

In his work as a practicing psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last twenty-five years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behavior. The Examined Life distills more than fifty thousand 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 the analyst as to the patient.

These are stories about our everyday lives; they are about the people we love and the lies we tell, the changes we bear and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but also how we might find ourselves.

©2013 Stephen Grosz (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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    Joseph G Todaro MD 05-30-17
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    "Worthwhile read"

    Each chapter is a story of a psychoanalyst's (Stephen Grosz) experience with a patient or series of patients. These vignettes are clearly selected to demonstrate valuable principles about how the human mind works. Each story is entertaining and insightful and beautifully read by the narrator who has a soothing baritone voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandrea Scott 02-15-16
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    "As a person who took a few psych classes..."

    As a person who took a few psych classes in undergrad, and I reflect on my life a lot, I really enjoyed that this book is entirely patient stories, extrapolating insights about individuals and humanity, and explaining the author's professional technique.(

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    W Perry Hall 01-20-14
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    "Not Pop Psych; actual observatns of psychoanalyst"

    This book is worth a credit. This isn't Dr. Phil. A psychoanalyst examines common problems observed in patients over many years. Interesting, significant and relevant problems, some of which you have either seen or suffered [er, well, losing the wallet, losing everything, yes].

    If the book were a little longer, I'd have given it 5. I'll say 4.5, erring on the side of 4 overall and 5 on the substance. ANALYZE THAT!

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    Sarah S 11-04-17
    Sarah S 11-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful & clear"

    I’ve listened to this book a few times. For me it’s an easy listen & I like the presentation of the cases/agree with much of the conclusion. The author weaves a personal narrative into the book & I enjoyed it.

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    ExplrWrld singapore 11-01-17
    ExplrWrld singapore 11-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent sketches of patients and their issues"

    The author reduces patients to short stories, but in a good way, by capturing their essence in a humanistic way that shows he obviously cares deeply for them. Even though I don't agree with all of the author's theories (like that you can tell very much about someone from a dream) or think that everyone really could afford to spend so much on treatment (hundreds of hours of chatting per patient), this book is much better than I expected, and worth a listen to get an insight in how others experience life and give us a better understanding and tolerance of others.

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    Rowdy L Vinson 09-19-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Psychoanalysis anecdotes"

    While it isn't a bad set of stories, I'm not sure they are valuable to anyone other than those mentioned in them.

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    "I really enjoyed it."

    I could see myself in several of the patients and gleaned from the insights he shared.

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    "It was mildly interesting"

    The subject matter is interesting however the book jumps around and at times it's hard to keep track of what the narrator is talking about. At the end I found the narrators voice monotonous and I could hardly pay attention. The stories started to drag and I was unsure of what he was talking about or where it was going. There's really no end to any story, no completeness so it feels unfinished after every chapter.

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    Justin 11-11-16
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    "fantastic for therapists"

    Clients and therapists will love this book. Especially those interested in just how psychoanalytic interpretations come about.

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    Thomas St. Augustine, FL, United States 11-05-16
    Thomas St. Augustine, FL, United States 11-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "incredible. thoughtful and insightful, great reade"

    one of the best audio books ive listened to. well worth listening to many times over.

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