The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves

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Windsor/Paragon, 2013 - Large print books - 198 pages
"We are all storytellers – we make 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 practising psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last twenty-five years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour. The Examined Life distils over 50,000 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 him as to the patient. These are stories about our everyday lives: they are about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear, and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves too."--Publisher description.

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I started out thinking this book was not adequate since it never really finished with a case history but realised that is the point. No such thing as closure which is one of the book's conclusions and ... Read full review

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Very interesting but ultimately unsatisfactory. This partly due to the desire of having stories with a beginning a middle and an end, especially in real life situations. I wanted to know what happened ... Read full review

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