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Ep. 4: The Addict Radio/TV Program

Ep. 4: The Addict

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[Contains mature themes] They’re grandparents, with a 40-year love story and a stable, happy marriage. But one of them had quite a few secrets. Esther gives them some tools to navigate and support each other's experiences.

Step into the office of renowned relationship therapist and TED Talk sensation Esther Perel, and listen in as she counsels couples in crisis due to infidelity, sexlessness, loss, and disconnection. The result? Astonishing insights on how they can make love work – and takeaways for you on ways to repair and restore your own relationships.

About Esther:

Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and provocative voices on personal and professional relationships. A celebrated psychotherapist who has helmed a private practice in New York City since 1983, she has over three decades of experience navigating the intricacies of love and desire.

©2017 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2017 Audible Originals, LLC

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    Nicole 05-26-17
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    "Brutally Honest"

    Holy sh*t this one was hard to listen to. I am in awe of this couple. Their relationship has been so badly damaged, and yet they are able to keep sight of the parts of it which are worth holding on to, and to try to fight for those parts and rebuild. I think to myself that I would not have the fortitude to even attempt to work my way through something like this, and yet Esther Perel manages to guide these people toward a level of compassion that is deeper than most people's pride would allow.

    As I listen to the session unfold my own instinctual anger, outrage, and sympathetic pain begin to give way to empathy and humanity, and I start to ask questions:
    -What does it take to be the kind of person who is willing to even try to forgive a betrayal like this?
    -How do you hold onto the conviction that the love in a relationship is real despite actions that seem to invalidate that love?
    -If someone does not behave this way out of a desire to destroy, then what kind of trauma can cause them to act like that?
    -How do you work up the nerve to start taking responsibility for hurting another human being so terribly?
    -How do you lean on your best friend for help when they are the very person who is causing your pain?
    -How do you stand up to criticism from your friends and family for attempting to salvage your relationship instead of walking away?

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    Senta Burton 06-06-17 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm addicted....."

    ....to this series. Esther Is brilliantly insightful. I thought the one-time sessions would leave me with a cliffhanger, but at the end, I always think "I got it!" Well done.

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    J and M 06-18-17
    J and M 06-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Exelent!"

    Major point here Ester points out, and prime example of how a good therapist MUST suspend all opinion and judgement initially. While many of us would personally think "leave him", and "boy, bye!" That is the worst friends and family can do is judge her for her decision to stay. Too many people have TOO MUCH to say about problems in someone else's marriage. A woman should not be condemned for staying regardless of what you might have done, or even your personal opinion about it. Women have a choice and they made it. You don't have to agree or condone it. But, you have NO right to judge it either. If you really care, you will back off and let them work through it, not make them feel bad or even worse after such a huge betrayal. They've already been brought low, you bringing them lower certainly doesn't add anything positive to an already difficult situation. And, really, that goes for men and women. But, to judge a woman's ability to make decisions, do a job, be a good role model, whatever based on her decision to stay with a partner who has cheated is rediculous! And, judging them says more about the judges than the one betrayed.

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    Tina Ball 06-15-17
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    "I want more of this profound work!"

    These recordings are profound on so many levels. What a gift for anyone in relationship, especially long term, and anyone just wanting to look into those ways we all have room for improvement in loving others and ourselves. Thank you!

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    Yana 06-12-17
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    "Very emotional"

    Very thought provoking session. I thought the therapist did an amazing job working with this couple who had to deal with one of the toughest things: long term sex addiction/infidelity of one of the partners. I greatly enjoyed listening to it

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    Ty H 10-20-17
    Ty H 10-20-17
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    "Helpful in my own process"

    I have found these clips to be helpful in my own process of overcoming trauma. The clients are very authentic and relatable, and Esther Perel is good at describing the dynamic between them, and why the status quo is problematic. Her descriptions of the issues give me the words to describe my own experience so I can help the people around me understand what my experience is like, and what I need from them.

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    Amazon Customer 10-07-17
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    "Captivating"

    Absolutely captivating conversation/intervention that was carried out.Rightly summarised at the end, all marital relations need touch and words, some times one over the other.

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    James A. Nugent 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Concepts are transferable in relationship areas"

    Concepts discussed here transfer easily to other areas of of a committed relationship. very useful piece.

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    ADRIANA BOLEAGA RIOS 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm sorry I did not like the subject."

    I love Esther but going into someone's sickness is tough when you have none. Thank you.

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    Heather 08-30-17
    Heather 08-30-17
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    "Touch her more and say less"

    WOW! Seen and not heard. Ester put him in his place. I cannot listen to the rest of this without cringing on behalf of the husband.

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    "Brave souls"

    Wow, admiration for you both to want to still stay together and work through this. Sounds like you have so much to protect and save. True healing lies within deep work like this. Blessings to you both x

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