Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

eBook - 2019
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"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)"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019
ISBN: 9781328663047
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writermala
Sep 16, 2019

I once read that therapy is like confession without absolution. This book made me feel that perhaps one gets absolution too after therapy. Lori Gottlieb in her book shows that therapists are human too and just as vulnerable. This book is a remarkable commentary on the human mind in an easy to read format of stories of Lori and her clients as also Lori and her own therapist.

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lilypad_1
Sep 14, 2019

Interesting book both from the therapist seeking therapy and how she sees her clients. A little too much detail, I started skimming when she went on and on and on about her Boyfriend break up and details of her clients lives but still, interesting.

IndyPL_CarriG Aug 31, 2019

This is a warm, thoughtful, and relatable book. Gottlieb's vulnerability and her compassionate view of her patients are on evidence here. Her emotional journey and the well-defined and satisfying arcs of her patients make this an engrossing read, while her deep knowledge about psychology, psychiatry, and the history of therapy blend in to the narrative so smoothly you don't even realize you're also learning while getting some great stories. Emotionally raw at times, there is a frankness about death, loss, and the fear that starts for many of us in middle age that is examined here in more depth and with more gentleness and joy than I have seen before. There are some desperately sad moments that I won't spoil but want to warn people who may have experienced loss or are experiencing loss soon - this book will make you have all the feels.

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machatka
Aug 24, 2019

My daughter recommended this to me.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 20, 2019

This was an utterly engrossing read, and it really gave me a lot of food for thought. I am a huge proponent of therapy (I myself have benefitted from it greatly), but this book offered me a perspective I embarrassingly have never considered - that of the therapist. After reading this book, I couldn't help but wonder, what does my therapist think of me? Does she like me? Does she talk about me in therapist work groups? Has she ever needed therapy? My therapist always seems so wise and put together, it is difficult to imagine what she might be like in the "outside world." Lori makes the role seem so incredibly sophisticated, and at the same time so incredibly human. Here we get a multi-focal look at her life and work through the lens of her personal experiences, biases, and training. It was a very smooth read that universalizes therapy and gives us an insiders look at the dangerous traps we often find ourselves cycling in. I cannot recommend this book enough. Even if you think you don't need therapy, you may find out that you do!

LPL_MollyW Jul 22, 2019

Not your normal dry, technical, self-help book. It's like a double feature... a funny book that teaches you a new way to look at yourself and life. Great read!

ArapahoeAshleyR Jul 19, 2019

A nonfiction book about therapy may not sound glamorous (and I guess it isn’t) but this is definitely not a dry read. I mean, what could be more exciting than learning universal truths from other people’s personal issues? Plus, the nosy part of me loves getting a glimpse into what people talk about in therapy. Is that normal? I don't know. Maybe I should talk to someone.

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LibraryLES
Jul 16, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! Part of me felt like I was in therapy, not a bad thing. I enjoyed following the stories and therapy sessions of characters you come to care about.

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laphampeak
Jul 04, 2019

Author takes us into the lives of some of her clients as well as insight into herself as a therapist. She is willing to expose herself as a professional and a human being with stuck views like the rest of us. Brave, sensitive, and quite entertaining. Written for perspective and revelation.

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Indoorcamping
Jul 03, 2019

For a few days after reading this book, you're going to talk like a therapist. It's infectious. Instead of your usual responses, you start to pause a little longer and allow the communication to be less about you and more about letting people come to their own conclusions. Instead of telling people your opinions, you're going to ask more questions directed at them. Deeper questions. Questions that have nothing to do with your agenda. You can't help it. She puts you into the therapist frame of mind so well that you don't want to be an advice-giver. You want to learn how to listen. You itch to grow and be a good person in the world.

Not only that, but this is an entertaining book. If you love reading advice columns, this is cake with whipped cream and strawberries. It's an advice column over a length of time so you can see the happy endings and consequences and changes happening in people's lives once they face their fears. It's delicious, feel-good, and in a small way, a bit of schadenfreude.

Hard to believe I enjoyed this book so much as I despised her first book, "Stick Figure" where she acts like a spoiled brat and calls it eating disorders. She, like her patients in this book, has come a long way. Inspiring.

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