The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

A note on this book before I take it back to the library. In brief, it’s dispatches from a psychoanalyst’s couch. Very short chapters and very easy to read. Some of them resemble short stories – the woman who blanks all clues to her husband’s infidelity until the final, seemingly unimportant one, or the disturbed child whose return to tranquility reveals the fractures in her parents’ hitherto perfect marriage – and Grosz actually references “Bartleby” at one point. But, for me, it’s the accounts of ongoing internal conflicts and sadnesses that linger; how do we accept our losses and continue to play the game?

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