The Examined Life: How We Lose And Find Ourselves by Stephen GroszThe Examined Life: How We Lose And Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz

The Examined Life: How We Lose And Find Ourselves

byStephen Grosz

Paperback | December 9, 2014

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Echoing Socrates' time-honoured statement that the unexamined life is not worth living, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz draws short, vivid stories from his 25-year practice in order to track the collaborative journey of therapist and patient as they uncover the hidden feelings behind ordinary behaviour.
     These beautifully rendered tales illuminate the fundamental pathways of life from birth to death. A woman finds herself daydreaming as she returns home from a business trip; a young man loses his wallet. We learn, too, from more extreme examples: the patient who points an unloaded gun at a police officer, the compulsive liar who convinces his wife he's dying of cancer. The stories invite compassionate understanding, suggesting answers to the questions that compel and disturb us most about love and loss, parents and children, work and change. The resulting journey will spark new ideas about who we are and why we do what we do.
STEPHEN GROSZ was born in Indiana and educated at Berkeley and Oxford. For the past 25 years he has worked as a psychoanalyst. He teaches clinical technique at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Theory at University College London. His stories have appeared in the Financial Times and Granta. He lives in London.
Title:The Examined Life: How We Lose And Find OurselvesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 0.74 inPublished:December 9, 2014Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307359115

ISBN - 13:9780307359117

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good as audio book I listened to the audio book and it was excellent as an audio book as the stories are short and move quickly. I found myself wanting more stories as most of them were thought provoking and interesting. There were a few at the end that I wasn't that interested in but since they moved so quickly it was fine. This is a book that I would be willing to listen to again in the future.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth living, worth reading A fabulous read most of all, and this book offers great insight into psychology -- how we try to make sense of our lives, our damage, our history. This book is more narrative and story driven than "self help" but you will be helped. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Glad I read it, but not sure why The stories are brief, and, I feel, often skim the surface. They are outlines only, and so perhaps I am to supply the missing details with parts of my own story. I don't feel I learned anything, but I can see myself picking this up again in the future for some reason that I can't quite place or articulate.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An outstanding book I read a few pages each night before bed and found it immensely satisfying and thought-provoking. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-10-26

Editorial Reviews

"Grosz's vignettes are so brilliantly put together that they read like pieces of bare, illuminating fiction.... It is this combination of tenacious detective work, remarkable compassion and sheer, unending curiosity for the oddities of the human heart that makes The Examined Life utterly captivating." --The Sunday Times"By turns edifying and moving.... Grosz offers astute insights into the perplexities of everyday life." --Financial Times"Stephen Grosz has condensed thousands of hours of consultations into this gem.... Grosz writes lucidly and with sensitivity, treating his patients with respect. The cases are sprinkled with wise reflections.... Highly recommended." --The Independent