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Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
5 out of 5 stars (179 ratings)

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Summary

Featuring consensually recorded counselling sessions, Belgian therapist and TED alum Esther Perel walks her clients through the ways in which relationships can break down, play out and build back up again. This bold experiment in intimacy, offers listeners the chance to eavesdrop on the failing relationships of real couples. 

As experiences, feelings and frustrations are laid bare for all to hear, the all too familiar tragedies that contribute to broken relationships can be both heartbreaking and life-affirming. 

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel presents a powerful and insightful exploration of modern day relationships. 

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Critic reviews

"Refreshingly bold and optimistic." (The New Yorker)

"Provocative, intriguing, and insightful all at once." (Vogue)

"Perel is one of the most exciting commentators on the human condition working today." (Refinery29)

"Utterly fascinating." (The Guardian)

"Her sessions are a dialectical, dynamic affair, so authentic that you can literally hear the white noise machine playing just outside her room." (Broadly)

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Personal conversations, universal connections

If you could sum up Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel in three words, what would they be?

Powerful, fascinating, uplifting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel?

Esther: 'Ok, do you want to be right, or do you want to listen?'

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't. Esther has a beautiful, soft French accent that provides a calm, safe space for the participants. You can hear the emotion in their voices too. Powerful stuff.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every episode has a moment of connection, where - despite the particular circumstances of the couple's experiences - their fears and struggles resonated with me personally.

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Mind blowing!

Would you consider the audio edition of Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel to be better than the print version?

I prefer the audible version of books. It makes me understand books better. I hardly read printed books. I have not this book in print either.

What other book might you compare Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel to, and why?

The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz. This books also gives real life stories that I feel I can connect and understand. However, Esther's book goes even further by providing the true narrative of ordinary people. It is fantastic and so so so useful. Helpfult to all of us.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Narrative expressed by the person with feeling and connection

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I so wanted to finish this recording in one setting, but did not have time but got through so quickly. Now I feel bereft and I want to listen more.

Any additional comments?

Don't have too many boxes of questions! Put all in one:)

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not really my kind of thing

listening to other peoples problems isnt realt my idea of fun . I had a listen as it was free. the advice she gives the couples seems to help them feel better.

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Brilliant!

Gives you an unprecedented access to what's going on behind the closed doors. So relatable! A great resource for anyone who's willing to look closer at their relationship.

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Highly recommended!

Esther makes a lot of sense!..... wish I'd known about her earlier, it definitely makes you look back on your own relationships. It helps you understand that even though experiencing unfaithfulness from a partner is deeply hurtful, there is almost always reasons for their actions, very often it's down to miscommunication/ no communication, but mainly it's to do with the person who's cheating. often when someone has been unfaithful to you, you stay in victim mode, you blame yourself, maybe you weren't sexy enough, beautiful enough, good enough. Esther allows you another view point, that you can only see if you come out of victim mode, and coming out of victim mode is very empowering.

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Brilliant!!!

I love this woman!! What a discovery Esther Perel! I’m now intrigued to read her books as well. She is so sensitive and smart at unlocking couples’ potentials, understanding what’s underneath the surface and helping people get through the most unthinkable challenges, childhood & cultural blocks and limiting beliefs. Her wit and direct approach make her sessions so unique and funny too! Highly recommended!

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Loved it!

Very interesting to listen to and very educative at the same time! I want more of that!

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Therapeutical

I found each episode therapeutical. I recommend it to anyone, no matter their marital status.

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Fantastic

Fantastic, I learnt a lot from each episode I highly recommend checking this out. It will improve your social and emotional intelligence.

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Insightful and instructive

Perel's insightful couples counsell8ng provides lots to learn for anyone in a relationship. Couples included cover a wide range of lifestyles and experiences.