The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves (Paperback)Stephen Grosz (author)
**SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER**
This book is about learning to live.
Echoing Socrates' statement that the unexamined life not worth living, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz draws on his twenty-five years of work and more than 50,000 hours of conversations to form a collection of beautifully rendered tales that illuminate the human experience.
These are stories about everyday lives: from a woman who finds herself daydreaming as she returns home from a business trip to a young man loses his wallet, to the more extreme examples: the patient who points an unloaded gun at a police officer and the compulsive liar who convinces his wife he's dying of cancer. The resulting journey will spark new ideas about who we are and why we do what we do.
'A captivating journey... These are universal themes, insights into an emotional world we inhabit, often with equal difficulty. A wonderful book' Sunday Times
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm
With deceptive simplicity and gentle wisdom, Grosz teases out a lesson or chases down a fugitive insight. I have distrusted psychoanalysis for years, but I would leap onto Grosz's couch -- James McConnachie * The Sunday Times Books of the Year *
This moving book of patient portraits by the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz will make the reader think of Freud's keenly observed and literary-minded case studies. Writing with sympathy and insight, Mr Grosz distils 25 years of work into a series of slim, piercing chapters that read like a combination of Chekhov and Oliver Sacks -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times *
The success of The Examined Life by the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz has, I think, relatively little to do with his clinical know-how; it rests, as Freud's did, on his story-telling abilities -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
Grosz is a superb storyteller and tells lots of his patients' stories with sensitivity, but also with great acuity. You might keep thinking you recognise things about people you know -- William Leith * Evening Standard *
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“Interesting and easy to read”
The Examined Life draws up Grosz 25 years of experience as a psychoanalyst to offer a simple and interesting introduction to his subject using patient stories and histories to draw the reader in and highlight... More
“A light read, therefore slightly lacking in depth”
I wasn't expecting The Examined Life to be such an accessible and light read. It almost felt like a novel in some places; then you realise you're having a peek at someone's life and can't help but... More
“Insightful and brilliant”
This is a wonderful book written by an obviously accomplished psychotherapist. Grosz takes us into the thought processes of himself and gives an insightful view into his patients lives, but more importantly; their... More
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