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“Rarely have I read a book that challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing.”—Katie Couric
“This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book.”—Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
“Wise, warm, smart, and funny. You must read this book.”—Susan Cain, New York Times best-selling author of Quiet
From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world—where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).
One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.
As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys — she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.
With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It would be the perfect premise for a TV show: A therapist in Los Angeles grapples with her clients’ problems, but her own life is falling apart—so she goes into therapy. But Maybe You Should Talk to Someone isn’t fiction; it’s an entertaining, approachable, and wise memoir by psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb. Her book goes behind the scenes to explore what actually happens in therapy and how people start to heal in real life. Never shying away from the uncomfortable truth of our messy emotional lives—first and foremost her own—Gottlieb uncovers something precious: hope.
Gottlieb (Marry Him) provides a sparkling and sometimes moving account of her work as a psychotherapist, with the twist that she is in therapy herself. Interspersing chapters about her experiences as a patient with others about her work, she explains, "We are mirrors reflecting mirrors reflecting mirrors, showing one another what we can't yet see." By exploring her own struggles alongside those of her patients, Gottlieb simultaneously illuminates what it's like to be in and to give therapy. As she observes, "Everything we therapists do or say or feel as we sit with our patients is mediated by our histories; everything I've experienced will influence how I am in any given session at any given hour." From "John," a successful TV producer who has walled himself away from other people, to "Julie," who has a terminal illness and is struggling to find her way through her life's closing chapters, Gottlieb portrays her patients, as well as herself as a patient, with compassion, humor, and grace. For someone considering but hesitant to enter therapy, Gottlieb's thoughtful and compassionate work will calm anxieties about the process; for experienced therapists, it will provide an abundance of insights into their own work.
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This book is filled with such heartfelt wisdom that I bought not just one, but two copies for myself! I initially downloaded it on iBooks, but then half way through I ordered a hardcopy from Amazon so that I could highlight and annotate some of the most salient points of the text for future reference. As a student working toward a doctorate in psychology, I can honestly say that I gleaned more information from “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” than any textbook I’ve studied thus far.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Loved this book. Being a therapist, I have sat in both chairs throughout my life. I love Lori’s sense of humor and honesty. I’ve highlighted so much of it that it looks like one of my grad school textbooks. I will definitely read it again. It’s that good.
One of the best books I’ve read.
Love the plot, love the lessons and explanations, really made me think. Finished this book so fast