The Examined Life is a series of short dramatic tales from the caseload of London psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz. It charts life’s trajectory from birth to death and aims to answer the questions that compel and disturb us most about love and loss, parents and children, work and change.
In almost Talmudic vein, the chapters are self-contained stories that can be read in any order; in succession they offer a way of thinking about life’s problems. In a conversation with journalist David Aaronovitch, Grosz told stories about everyday lives: about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear, and the grief. Ultimately, they showed us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves too.
Stephen Grosz was born in Indiana and educated at Berkeley and Oxford. For the past 25 years he has worked as a psychoanalyst, teaching clinical technique at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory at University College, London. His stories have appeared in the Financial Times Weekend Magazine. This is his first book.