In the High Peaks

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves

As soon as I heard the NPR "On Point" program about psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz's book The Examined Life, I knew I had to read it. I waited weeks for it from the library, and after five weeks I gave in and purchased it inexpensively for the Kindle (much cheaper than for the Nook, by nearly 4 dollars).

I found Grosz, in both the NPR interview and the book, to be simply a compassionate, considerate psychotherapist who has great interest in human behavior and in the ways in which our family backgrounds influence our lives in adulthood. Grosz tells many, many stories about people who find themselves stuck in their lives, in one way or another, and I have found that each tale has been illuminating to me, either personally in my own experience, or in the experiences of the people I have known.

I highly recommend this book. If you have had counseling in the past at some point, you will be most fascinated, I think, but anyone with keen personal insight and interest in people's lives will enjoy it. So many, many fascinating stories!


  1. Yes, this book offers so much in the understanding of human behavior--our own and others. I did not expect to get as much out of it for my own personal use as I have received. Entertaining and enlightening! Kudos to Stephen Grosz!


  2. (The previous reply is in response to Buried in Print's comment, which, by mistake, I managed to delete, not knowing how or why).

    Thank you, Buried in Print, for posting a "good wishes" message.