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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph G Todaro MD on 05-30-17

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alexandrea Scott on 02-15-16

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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