January 7, 2013

I’m looking forward to reading this book by psychoanalyst  Stephen Grosz about the stories we tell ourselves to disguise and discover our emotions.

One of the amazing things about social media and blogging is enabling people to tell their stories, whether they are written as fiction, anonymously or as themselves.  The opportunity to tell your story to an audience can be extremely liberating for people. In the past, journalists and publications held the key to sharing those stories. Now, with a little knowledge, everyone can do it themselves.

I’ve always thought that interviewing as a journalist and counselling share similar skills including good listening skills, empathy and intuition. The difference is that journalists talk to people in order to share their story, while psychoanalysts are expected to keep the confidentiality of their clients. This book sounds a fascinating mix of both with some fiction too.

Here’s an interesting article in the Guardian about the book or listen again on the Radio 4.

The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz is published by Chatto & Windus at £14.99.

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