The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

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5 Critic Reviews

A book that challenges readers' thinking while also assuming their willingness to put some effort into drawing their own conclusions from the material.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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 distils more than 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 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.
 

About Stephen Grosz

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Stephen Grosz is a practicing psychoanalyst—he has worked with patients for more than twenty-five years. Born in America, educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Oxford University, he lives in London. A Sunday Times bestseller, The Examined Life is his first book.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 241 pages
Genres: Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jul 08 2013

With this deeply affecting book, he has...shared their tales with a wider world.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Talitha Stevenson on Jan 25 2014

What makes The Examined Life so fulfilling is the way Grosz moves from case study to essay, from narrative to hypothesis, including the reader in each mental step. To this end his restraint cedes to an intuitive exuberance.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Alexander Linklater on Jan 27 2013

Gradually accumulating through his book, Grosz provides, not a definition, but an enactment of the purpose of psychoanalysis, which is both modest and profound.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Susanna Rustin on Jan 18 2013

...this plain-looking book with its austere title arrives like a box of chocolates. Thirty-one elegantly presented chapters which, when you bite into them, each reveals something sweet, rich or crunchy.

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Kirkus

Good
on Jun 09 2013

A book that challenges readers' thinking while also assuming their willingness to put some effort into drawing their own conclusions from the material.

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