The Examined Life (Paperback)
How We Lose and Find Ourselves
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393349320, 225pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2014
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 the Author
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.