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I read this for book club. It wasn't a great discussion read but we were still meeting via Zoom due to COVID. Coworker Lauren passed it along to me. I read it just as dad was dying I found it a really good read especially during that difficult time.
This has FLOORED me. The amount of information, mostly in brilliant quotes, has dazzled me. The case histories and the insight of the author's personal therapy is something that opened me to changes being possible in my miserable little life!
Hope reading this book is a gift to you as well, whoever you are.
WOW! An incredibly amazing, spectacular book; it's the best I've read in DECADES!
This book has so many layers . . . On the surface are terms and vocabulary I've needed for years, then there is the story of Ms. Gottlieb's search for therapy, the stories of some of her clients, and a look at the underpinnings of psychology practice, all of which are fascinating.
I'm not a very emotional person, but I found myself so moved I had to stop reading in order to absorb my feelings and clear the tears from my eyes.
I am dumbfounded by the depth of empathy good psychologists find based on the thin premise that a client is asking for help when most of us might want to slap the person and tell them to 'grow up'. This would obviously backfire and exacerbate the problem.
This book is compellingly written by a gifted writer and can be life-changing. It is one that stays with you long after reading it. I'm telling everyone I know how excited I am to have read this. ANYONE can use this book, EVERYONE should!
I think people could consider this a "slow" read because yes, it is telling stories of patients and her own therapist visits but its also giving us therapeutic insight all at once. The type of insights therapy patients take in one week at a time and we as readers get all at once which might turn "overwhelming" to "slow" since we have to sit with thought and not plot. That being said, I think it was beautifully human. It made me cry, laugh and honestly sit with myself while seeing myself in these individuals. I would highly recommend.
A great book about the lies we tell ourselves, the lies we tell others, and the world of discovering yourself.
Lori is a therapist, but when she strikes trouble in her personal life she knows that the answer isn't 'physician, heal thyself'. She turns to another therapist and discovers that the view is quite different from the other side of the couch. This isn't just Lori's story though, it is the story of her clients and how they work through their issues. You are bound to find something in here that will resonate with you or with somebody you know.
Everyone should read this because everyone has blind spots and "hell is us". Great insights to use on your continuous path to personal/spiritual growth.
So, I seem to be in the minority. It starts off with some decent yuks so I hang in for 50 pages and then I hit the wall. Who really cares?: the narrator, the inside scoop on therapists. I know, this isn't much of a review. I'm just sayin'-- 460 holds and counting--the wait is not worth it.
I absolutely loved this book! The mixture of heartwarming and heartbreaking stories told with the humorous honesty of Gottlieb felt just right. This autobiography shows the painful and hopeful pieces of being human, while also illustrating the entertaining tension of not having answers when you're expected to have your life together. Definitely recommend!
This is a memoir of a successful therapist who seeks therapy herself after a bad breakup. At turns funny and emotional, Gottlieb relates insightful anecdotes from both sides of the proverbial couch. Fears, anxieties, regrets, and all the not-so-pretty sides of being human are presented intimately and honestly. A compelling look at the therapeutic process.
I enjoyed this mix of the author telling her own story as well as relating those of some of her patients. There is humor, honesty, growth, and sometimes resistance to growth throughout the telling of these experiences. I read this on my own but think it would be an interesting book club read.
I read this for book club. Great insight on what it's like to be a therapist, and to see the therapist go through her own personal therapy. Lots of interesting patient stories and seems to be at least a few stories that everyone relates to. Worth the read.
Patients stories seemed believable and took time to work to a solution.
Each was a small storey in itself. I really enjoyed this book especially the
sharing which led to human connections.
Was able to put it down and pick it up later.
In a candid and funny voice, this therapy memoir gives an insider's view of how therapy works (or in some cases, doesn't). Lori's patients, carefully shielded in anonymity, turn out to be versions of people readers might recognize in their own lives. Though the focus here is on therapy and mental health, this book should also appeal to self-help readers.
interesting book and further evidence we're not as okay or in control as you'd expect. In a world that's increasing with anxiety and depression stats, things should be changing to reflect. Check it out.
Hands down, this is the best non-fiction book of 2020. Ok, I know the year has just begun, and how dare I have the audacity to choose a favorite already? I DARE. Gottlieb is an incredible narrator. She is so very human and honest in her storytelling. And I can't help but think she must be one heck of an amazing therapist. I've read many, many true stories about psychologists and mental health and this is right up there with the best of them - A Shining Affliction and Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass come to mind. Furthermore, in some ways this book is more accessible because Gottlieb's problems are yours and mine. She's struggling with all the the same things we struggle with - our mortality, breakups, middle age, parenting, our parent's mortality. But she does so with great care and insight. She is genuine and open about unflattering thoughts and actions that make her relate-able and reliable as a narrator. And she shows us, not for the first time in history, but perhaps in the most refreshingly honest and simultaneously caring way what it's like to sit on the other side of the room in therapy and how to be with all kinds of people and situations. This books is for everyone. Read it, make your social worker friend read it, and buy a copy for your own therapist.
Amazon Bookstore in UVillage Date with Sam over Christmas. Also, Jessa Hoffman brought this as her bookclub book exchange.
Perhaps it's because I listened as an audio rather than reading, but I struggled with this book. I found myself deeply disliking this narrator but at the same time I was invested in the lives of her patients. I kept listening to find out what happened to them but wanted to skip chapters/sections that were purely self-reflective. I was hoping for a more nuanced reflection of what it's like to be a therapist, especially a therapist in therapy; instead, I found most of the memoir components of this book to be trite, which left me wondering what the point of the book was in the first place.
I really enjoyed this book. I can't say if it won 5 stars simply because it exceeded my expectations (so seems better than it actually was because I was so surprised by how good it was!) or if it is a true 5 star.....but this autobiography read like a novel (quite entertaining). I got very invested in the stories of her clients, and also garnered some good wisdom from the stories! This was a great read.