Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

We are all in need of compassion, human connection, and sometimes even a kick in the shin to get us through our hardest times. Even a therapist needs a therapist.

Synopsis:

This is a warm and touching memoir by Lori Gottlieb – a therapist who, upon hitting a major crisis in her own life, seeks her own therapist to get her through the storm. Gottlieb’s therapist helps her face many difficult realizations about her life, and she reflects on her choices and must decide on her path forward.

Review:

Lori Gottleib weaves her compelling and hopeful story with 3 main narratives: her past careers and relationships leading up to what led her to seek therapy, her present visits with her therapist and the resulting progress, and parallel stories of her own patients, through whom she has learned many lessons of the heart.

I really enjoyed following the stories of her patients and couldn’t wait to see if and how they would resolve their struggles. Funny, frustrating, vulnerable, and sad – these stories bring you to the heart of humanity.

The book is also peppered with psychology terms and theories which are mostly insightful for the topic of the chapter, but once in a while slow down the pace and seem slightly too heavy for the context. This is the only reason I didn’t give it a full 5-star rating.

“Most big transformations come about from the hundreds of tiny, almost imperceptible, steps we take along the way.”

Overall, I thought it was a great read that really captured my interest and pulled at my heart. It also opened my eyes to some of the misperceptions I carry, and some of the things that cause me to react in certain ways. I really enjoy any book that causes me to reexamine my patterns of behavior and thinking!

I also think that therapy is such a valuable tool that should carry less stigma. I’m hoping that this enlightening and accessible book reminds people of the very necessary need for genuine human connection and compassion.

If you or someone you love has ever been affected by emotions, I recommend this book (and therapy) to you!

“The nature of life is change, and the nature of people is to resist change.”

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
by Lori Gottlieb
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Summary

We are all in need of compassion, human connection, and sometimes even a kick in the shin to get us through our hardest times. Even a therapist needs a therapist. This memoir is heartfelt, funny, and vulnerable. A great read!

— Cassie
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