Length: 432 pages
Audiobook Length: 14 hours and 21 minutes
First Published: 2019
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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.
Quotes from Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
We can’t have change without loss, which is why so often people say they want change but nonetheless stay exactly the same.
There’s no hierarchy of pain. Suffering shouldn’t be ranked, because pain is not a contest.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Follow your envy – it shows you what you want.
About Lori Gottlieb
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. Gottlieb also co-hosts the podcast Dear Therapists. Visit the author’s website →