Ep. 1: I've Had Better : Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

  • by Esther Perel
  • Narrated by Esther Perel
  • Series: Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
  • 0 hrs and 46 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

[Contains mature themes] Free for a limited time. He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.
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. This weekly, 10-part premium podcast is available for free through mid-July.
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.
A Note from Esther:
Too often couples live like isolated islands. We think what we’re experiencing in our own relationship is unique to us, and we don’t know that our neighbors and friends are experiencing the same longings, laments, deprivations, and disillusionments in their own lives.
There is no school for relationships, no place for us to learn the tools for rebuilding and repair, to learn to straddle the many contradictions that roil in all of us. Where Should We Begin? Is a way for me to create meaningful, deep, and open conversations. As you listen to these intimate, unscripted sessions between real-life couples, I think you will find the language you’ve been looking for to have conversations with the people in your own life.

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Horribly one-sided

An episode berating the woman for not being fully there for her husband. Really sad, she obviously was suffering deeply from the beginning and was alone. Double hit to her when her husband left to have an affair. The doctor did nothing to recognize the complete imbalance and rationalized the deepest violation of a marriage.
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This was the longest 46-min. listen of my life!

What disappointed you about Ep. 1: I've Had Better?

I found it difficult to have any sympathy for the cheating husband what so ever. He seemed very much okay with leaving all the heavy lifting parenting of their 3 kids to his stay-at-home wife. And then he had the nerve to be freaking surprised when they had perfunctory sex. Maybe if he'd been more involved with his kids, she would have had more energy than to just lie there like a dead fish. His straying because his wife wasn't giving him enough attention was classic, lame and anger inducing. This is the 21st century and relationship help is accessible and readily available. He should've made use of that. Yes, the wife was guilty of not vocalizing more that she was also dissatisfied with their sex life, too. But any partner in a committed relationship should offer to get counseling BEFORE deciding to cheat. At the very least, as the potential cheater, he could've asked for a separation so his wife would've been alerted that all was not right in Denmark.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I may try one of the other topics and try to avoid any more cheating ones. Cheating is a real life trigger for me as a victim of it. I'm one of those kids who was impacted by it greatly, so I never can take in this topic lightly.

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You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Esther was good at being neutral and getting the couple to actually TALK about what each was feeling before, during and after the cheating ended. They were able to see their issues in a more objective manner thanks to her.

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- Liv

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Originals