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Stephen Grosz

The Examined Life

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Echoing Socrates' time-honoured statement that the unexamined life isnot worth living, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz draws short, vividstories from his 25-year practice in order to track the collaborativejourney of therapist and patient as they uncover the hidden feelingsbehind ordinary behaviour.

These beautifully rendered tales illuminate the fundamental pathways of lifefrom birth to death. A woman finds herself daydreaming as she returns homefrom a business trip; a young man loses his wallet. We learn, too, from moreextreme 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 storiesinvite compassionate understanding, suggesting answers to the questions thatcompel and disturb us most about love and loss, parents and children, work andchange. The resulting journey will spark new ideas about who we are and whywe do what we do.
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