The Examined Life

The Examined Life

By Stephen Grosz

  • Release Date : 2013-01-03
  • Genre : Essays
  • FIle Size : 0.71 MB
Score: 4.0
From 96 Ratings
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The Examined Life A Sunday Times bestseller

Longlisted for the Guardian first book award

A Radio 4 Book of the Week

This book is about learning to live.

In simple stories of encounter between a psychoanalyst and his patients, The Examined Life reveals how the art of insight can illuminate the most complicated, confounding and human of experiences.

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.


  • More of this please

    By Bhulesch
    This is a timeless book, which, apart from fleeting references to mobile phones and other contemporary minutia, could have been written by a Jung contemporary. For lay readers like me, it pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. There are no weak bits in this book; I have found a grand total of one sentence that was somewhat superfluous. The only let-down is that it's not three times its length. Short and Great. Read it.
  • Great book

    By ShoeGalMartitaPetit
    Amazing stories. Fascinating and very humbling.
  • Great book

    By AlexG98Leek
    I'm usually find it hard to get into books but this one really kept my attention. I'm quite young but I think this book would be great for all ages. It helps you see things from all aspects of life.
  • Incredible

    By Deloushi
    This book is filled with complicated problems people face everyday, and it's in the authors solutions that suddenly the book comes alive. His suggestions are simple and known but they're often unsaid. He looks at things from a different light and sheds lights on areas we often neglect. Reading this book is like having your own therapy through the stories. It's the best book I've read in a long time.
  • The Examined Life

    By Ruthinsaltaire
    Reading this beautiful book was a very worthwhile way to spend an afternoon! A joy.
  • Examined life

    By Jenz3389
    Very interesting with the different scenarios with the patients and terrific writing gives a real insight
  • Viv Lawrence

    By E1W1ND
    This calm understated book is full of gentle wisdom that comes from just being able to listen.
  • Moving and thought provoking

    By Binks1221
    I loved this book! It is so insightful and really made me think. Very moving.
  • Compelling, moving and elegantly written

    By KateZik
    A thrilling insight into this profession. Truly gripping but respectful of the clients. Filled me with wonder, tears, laughter and hope. I loved this book and would thoroughly recommend it.