The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves

Stephen Grosz (Author)

Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
May 28, 2013
5.7 X 0.9 X 8.3 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

STEPHEN GROSZ was born in Indiana in 1952, moving to the United Kingdom in 1975. He was educated at Berkeley and Oxford. A practicing psychoanalyst for 25 years, he teaches clinical technique at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory at the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London. He is married to the academic and translator Nicola Luckhurst. They have 2 children and live in London.


By turns edifying and moving. Grosz offers astute insights into the perplexities of everyday life.--Trisha Andres
Engaging, frank, and with many penetrating insights. His short, succinct chapters have both the tension and the satisfaction of miniature detective or mystery stories.--Michael Holroyd
Impossible to put down... it will leave you wiser about humanity than you were when you picked it up.--Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree
Grosz's vignettes are so brilliantly put together that they read like pieces of bare, illuminating fiction... utterly captivating.--Robert Collins
[Grosz] compresses years of analysis into short chapters that feel like minimalist, suspenseful detective stories. At the end of each story, a secret is revealed; often, it's a secret which you've also kept.--Joshua Rothman
A beautifully written, affirmative, and nuanced account of a professional life in service to psychoanalytic healing... a work of exceptional grace.--Kimberlyn Leary
The Examined Life.... shares the best literary qualities of Freud's most persuasive work. It is... an insightful and beautifully written book... a series of slim, piercing chapters that read like a combination of Chekhov and Oliver Sacks. [A] deeply affecting book.--Michiko Kakutani