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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

by Lori Gottlieb
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

by Lori Gottlieb


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Now being developed as a television series with Eva Longoria and ABC!

“Rarely have I read a book that challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing.”—Katie Couric
“This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book.”—Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
“Wise, warm, smart, and funny. You must read this book.”—Susan Cain, New York Times best-selling author of Quiet

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world—where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328662057
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 7,208
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which is being adapted as a television series. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and contributes regularly to The New York Times and many other publications. Her recent TED Talk is one of the top 10 most watched of the year. A member of the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind, she is a sought-after expert in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.” She is also the co-host of the new iHeart Radio podcast, “Dear Therapists,” produced by Katie Couric. Learn more at or by following her on Twitter @LoriGottlieb1 and Instagram @lorigottlieb_author. 

Table of Contents

Part 1

1 Idiots 3

2 If the Queen Had Balls 11

3 The Space of a Step 18

4 The Smart One or the Hot One 23

5 Namast'ay in Bed 28

6 Finding Wendell 34

7 The Beginning of Knowing 41

8 Rosie 50

9 Snapshots of Ourselves 57

10 The Future Is Also the Present 59

11 Goodbye, Hollywood 68

12 Welcome to Holland 74

13 How Kids Deal with Grief 81

14 Harold and Maude 84

15 Hold the Mayo 89

16 The Whole Package 99

17 Without Memory or Desire 109

Part 2

18 Fridays at Four 119

19 What We Dream Of 126

20 The First Confession 130

21 Therapy with a Condom On 136

22 Jail 148

23 Trader Joe's 155

24 Hello, Family 160

25 The UPS Guy 172

26 Embarrassing Public Encounters 176

27 Wendell's Mother 183

28 Addicted 190

29 The Rapist 198

30 On the Clock 208

Part 3

31 My Wandering Uterus 217

32 Emergency Session 225

33 Karma 232

34 Just Be 239

35 Would You Rather? 242

36 The Speed of Wane 255

37 Ultimate Concerns 262

38 Legoland 269

39 How Humans Change 281

40 Fathers 288

41 Integrity Versus Despair 295

42 My Neshama 305

43 What Not to Say to a Dying Person 309

44 Boyfriend's Email 314

45 Wendell's Beard 318

Part 4

46 The Bees 327

47 Kenya 335

48 Psychological Immune System 337

49 Counseling Versus Therapy 346

50 Deathzilla 352

51 Deal-Myron 358

52 Mothers 366

53 The Hug 372

54 Don't Blow It 378

55 It's My Party and You'll Cry if You Want To 388

56 Happiness Is Sometimes 395

57 Wendell 403

58 A Pause in the Conversation 408

Acknowledgments 413

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