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[Contains mature themes] Free for a limited time for Audible members. A husband and wife are united in their desire to help their daughter, two years after she suffered a breakdown and moved home, shutting herself off from her family and friends. Esther urges them to examine the way pressure and expectations – no matter how well-intentioned – can shape a child’s upbringing.
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I’ll have to respectfully disagree...

I usually enjoy Esther’s words but I’d have to disagree with Esther on this topic.

Particularly the part where she barely addresses the racial component to overseas adoptions. The parents raised her in a predominantly white household with white relatives and had her attend all white schools even though she is or Korean descent.

They say that they’ve only had the best intentions for her but they’ve never addressed her race or her cultural heritage and have instead taken race completely out of the equation even though their world sees her as other and not one of them.

No wonder this child could never approach them about being racially bullied. The disconnect and dissonance would make any child depressed.

Sadly, I feel like race is a blind spot in Esther’s work which I’ll have to take into account when I listen to her other works.

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Esther is my favorite therapist to listen to!

I have 3 daughters of my own. The oldest is 14, so this information if definitely something I can use.

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Season 2 episode 1

Very honest reality of the helplessness we can feel with teenagers and within the family.

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Deeply helpful

Esther Perel is gifted at uncovering a path to healing. Uncovering the real issues in the middle of the pain, find ways to reengage with curiosity and humanity. Her insight and humility is as close as we need to get to magic.

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This woman is a genius!

Shut off the rest of the world while you listen to these episodes. Really pay attention to what she is saying he. She is very intuitive and makes absolute sense

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Very helpful!

Insightful information that I would otherwise have never had access to! Very informative & helpful.

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Needed antidote to pervasive norms on handling a depressed loved one

This is the first time I’ve heard Ms. (Dr. ?)
Perel approach family dynamics outside of one-on-one intimate relationships. In this case, it’s a couple perplexed by the onset of a serious mood disorder for their college aged daughter.

What drew me to Ms. Perel, when I first heard her on This American Life, was her ability to challenge her patients while remaining deeply and genuinely empathetic toward their suffering. As popular as the antidote:

Suffering Person: “Why me, God?”
God: “Why not?”

Is in American culture; I’ve only seen that mentality promoted by people in denial about the mechanisms of their own pain and - perhaps more relevant in a culture still so thoroughly influenced by organized Christianity’s emphasis on the selfless ideal - the pain they’re spreading to those who love and possibly depend on them.

Ms. Perel seems prepared for the fact that most of her American patients enter the room clinging at least partially to the above referenced ideal, and possesses the ability to guide these patients to a more nuanced view that appears to help them feel more compassion toward themselves and whoever else is involved.

After this first episode of Season 2, I can say that Ms. Perel appears to be able to apply her gifts to family dynamics that extend beyond the individual couple.

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Esther is magic

Esther Perel's wisdom is both objective and compassionate, and it makes her a joy to listen to. Every episode of her podcast is gold when it comes to learning about how to navigate our relationships. But this one is especially ideal for parents struggling with depression in their children. Fascinating and thought-provoking whether you're a parent or not.

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I struggled with this episode.

It took such a long time to listen to it. Great observations from Perel in the end.

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Another great session

I just love her logic and how it is all drawn into and it to an intriguing story that truly helps bring resolution to a family because they were able to see a new perspective

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  • 11-16-17

Like free therapy

Esther you are a humble queen of knowledge and understanding. The world is a better place with you in it <3

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  • Catherine
  • 11-04-17

Excellent example of family dynamics

This is a great session on understanding family dynamics and how people cope with mental illness within a family. It's really a beautiful session recommend to everyone to listen to.