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Summary

Ever wonder what your therapist is really thinking? Now you can find out...a hilarious, thought-provoking and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world.  

Meet Lori Gottlieb, an insightful and compassionate therapist whose clients present with all kinds of problems. There’s the struggling new parents; the older woman who feels she has nothing to live for; the self-destructive young alcoholic; and the terminally ill 35-year-old newlywed. 

And there’s John, a narcissistic television producer, who frankly just seems to be a bit of a jerk. Over the course of a year, they all make progress. But Gottlieb is not just a therapist - she’s also a patient who's on a journey of her own. 

Interspersed with the stories of her clients are her own therapy sessions, as Gottlieb goes in search of the hidden roots of a devastating and life-changing event. 

Personal, revealing, funny and wise, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone opens a rare window onto a world that is most often bound by secrecy, offering an illuminating tour of a profoundly private process.

©2019 Lori Gottlieb (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

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So bad I'm astonished at the praise.

How this author managed to become a qualified psychotherapist, is beyond me. Or perhaps her work as a psychotherapist is mountains above her work as an author. I hope so. I suspect that the author had in mind a certain style for this book - an angle, a gimmick - that ultimately was misguided, resulting in this work that isn't sure if it's YA fodder or serious memoir on healing.

The author opts to play the role of a stunted adolescent attempting to do serious talk therapy. She shows subtle contempt and indifference to her clients (in her inner narration, of course). She presents herself as "little old me", reacting to her professional, interpersonal relationships with jabs at her clients, and winks and nods to her listener, apparently under the impression that her listener is a teenage girl. Not that the young adult genre - with its subcategories - is somehow bad. It isn't. But this book sells itself as something more serious and substantial. It isn't.

The author describes being dumped by her fiance - and the subsequent steps she takes - in the manner of someone sat at the lunch table in some high school rom-com. For several minutes at a time, the author expresses shock and disbelief, dragging out the so-called seriousness of her situation, as her friends chime in now and then with name-calling directed at said ex. Did I care? I did not.

Perhaps the problem was my expectation. I thought this would be a serious yet popular-level work (hopefully akin to Grosz's The Examined Life but with a personal touch), not some knock-off Nora Ephron piece. I imagine, however, that there is an audience for this work. Indeed, the things I complained about may be the very things that others find attractive. If you're after light-hearted humour set in the world of therapy - one where the therapy itself takes a backseat to "Shucks, I'm just a 45-year-old woman trying to make her way in the world" - then you might like this, provided you have little respect for the delicate subject of healing. And provided you don't mind being spoon-fed the obvious. For me, this work is a terrible, embarrassing mess that borders on offensive.

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Insightful, powerful, normal and highly enjoyable

As a counsellor I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, both the account of giving and receiving counselling. I kept thinking of clients I wanted to recommend it to, so you certainly don't have to be in the profession to get lots out of it - it's an account of life struggles and triumphs, existentialism and endings. It'll certainly give you personal insight.
It's also written in an easy to follow way and isn't full of counselling lingo or terminology and is fully geared towards ordinary people, going about life wondering what the meaning of it all.

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Listen! Listen now!

I adore this book and will come back to it again in the future. I cared about what happened to every character, and it was peppered with non-preachy wisdom too. At times, deeply emotional and, at others, beautifully funny! The narrator also seemed very real, like this was believably her book, her words. Perfect listen for me as a trainee counsellor, and I imagine a great many people would love it.

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  • 04-09-20

What an absolutely fantastic listen!

I don't usually read or listen to non fiction that much but this book came so highly recommended, that I decided to give it a go. I loved it! I laughed and cried, and some parts felt like it was written especially for me. I learnt so much from this book and relearnt about living once again in the best possible way - by letting go of unnecessary thoughts and things. Great book!

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fascinating insight into the world of therapy

This book was interesting and helpful, and the narrator was lively. It gave me a lot to think about relating to my own experiences and way of being in the world. One thing that left me feeling uncomfortable was the way the author talked about the experiences of older women, particularly Rita. I felt that the author had much less compassion and more judgement about Rita's situation compared to the other stories she shared. I didn't understand why Rita was considered responsible for the crimes of her abusive ex-partner.

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Funny, sad, real

This book caught me off guard. It’s a warmly written, but nonetheless grounded story of human experiences, told from the therapist’s couch. Some of it is extremely sad, although I laughed out loud enough to offset the times it had me sobbing into the washing up. The narrator is also very good - she could have written it herself. One to listen to if you like, or need, a bit of introspection.

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maybe the best book ive listened to on audible

beautiful stories surrounding the life of a therapist and the journey of the treatment of her patients. Emotional and intelligent, will have you laughing and crying.

Couldn't recommend it enough

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just OK

OK time filler, althought there were moments where I was struggling with keeping my attention.

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Not what I thought! Loved it

We read this book for our book club and at first I didn’t think it would be my thing. However I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, the stories were very heartwarming and you couldn’t help but get sucked into their lives and it didn’t feel too ‘self helpy’. If you’re interested in Psychology and/or Therapy you will definitely love this audiobook.

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A Bit Too American For Me

Went on a bit too long I thought. Some bits were quite touching but I found myself thinking 'Oh for goodness sake!' a lot of the time' Why is everyone in USA so obsessed with working & their career instead of concentrating on the things that matter. I found the phrase 'dead end jobs' quite insulting and also the obsession with designer babies & George Clooney, very unhealthy in my opinion.

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  • 08-09-19

Therapy 101

I enjoyed the way the book is constructed- chapters on clients and self in therapy. For anyone who wonders what a psychologist does and some of the tools used this is a great book!

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  • 21-08-19

Very interesting mix

This book was self help mixed in with what seemed like a story. I really enjoyed this book and I feel a bit sad that it’s over. I really liked the narrator.

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  • Lisa B.
  • 05-07-19

A pass

I didn’t like this book. I found it quite boring and lacking in depth overall and verging on cringeworthy in parts. The author tries so hard that it was difficult to listen to at times. The overacting of the narration didn’t help. Given the subject I expected something interesting and insightful but it wasn’t either.

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  • 06-04-22

The narration was BRILLIANT 👌🏾

Super book. Super narration. Came to me at the right time ✨ thank you.

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  • 13-12-21

Well read, but the author is so self indulgent

I enjoyed the narrator, but this book was pointless and nothing but a pity party for the author

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  • Mpho
  • 21-04-21

Informative and very entertaining!

I've always been fascinated by how therapists cope with all the "mess" they have to fix in other peoples' lives! One friend tells me a secret and the burden weighs on me like a boulder; the thought that therapists get to be hundreds of peoples' confidantes always boggled my mind!

This was a fascinating insight into what being a therapist and a "normal" human looks like; how the 2 coexist perfectly.

I loved every chapter! The story was intriguing and the narrator was amazing.

Will definitely read it again and again!

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  • 21-02-21

Excellent book about living in a healthy relationship with oneself

I enjoyed the jargon free narrative style of the book in the first person. The interjections in the story of snippets of theory was a strong way to create analogy.

Would recommend it every time- mostly enjoyed the easy listening

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  • 27-01-21

Wonderful insights into your potential therapist

as a person who has been to therapy, this was such a fascinating deep dive into the mental terrain of my therapists. naturally everyone is different, but I loved the intimate sharing Lori did in this book. by the end, I felt like her friend.

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  • Karen Sebire
  • 20-08-20

Don’t listen to the last five or six chapters while driving!

I loved this book and all the characters in it. It was difficult to not form a connection with each of the characters in the book as you shared their journey through therapy. I found the last five or six chapters emotionally difficult to listen to and while driving the car to work experienced floods of tears as each characters story was brought to a conclusion. A satisfying listen that has left me questioning my life, my decisions, my stuckness in my situation. Great to listen to a book that makes you reflect on your circumstances and how different life could be if you could find the courage to take the required steps. Maybe I need to talk to someone!

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  • Maya H Saric
  • 15-08-20

spectacular

I have read loads of personal development books and is one is amazing. I plan to read it again, probably a few times