“This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book.”Arianna Huffington Founder, Huffington Post and founder & CEO, Thrive Global
“With wisdom and humanity, Lori Gottlieb invites us into her consulting room, and her therapist’s. There, readers will share in one of the best-kept secrets of being a clinician: when we bear witness to change, we also change, and when we are present as others find meaning in their lives, we also discover more in our own.” Lisa Damour, Ph.D. New York Times bestselling author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
Every year, nearly 30 million Americans sit on a therapist’s couch—and some of these patients are therapists. In her remarkable new book, therapist and bestselling author Lori Gottlieb tells us that despite her license and rigorous training, her most significant credential is that she’s a card-carrying member of the human race. “I know what it’s like to be a person,” she writes, as a crisis catapults her into the office of a quirky but more seasoned psychologist named Wendell. With startling humor, wisdom, and compassion, Gottlieb takes readers on a riveting journey—from Wendell’s consultation room to her own, where she reveals the psychology behind how our minds work while attempting to help a narcissistic Hollywood producer; a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness; a senior citizen threatening to end her life in one year if nothing gets better; and a 20-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys—including one from the waiting room. As Wendell—whom Gottlieb calls “the Yoda to my Luke Skywalker”—helps her to heal, both therapist and her patients struggle to uncover their blind spots and answer life’s most essential questions: about desire and need, emptiness and meaning, terror and courage, guilt and redemption, loneliness and love.
Along the way, Gottlieb examines the stories we tell to ourselves and others, the truths and the fictions, and how we evolve from “unreliable narrators” to letting others bear witness to our lives. “We grow in connection with others—we are mirrors reflecting mirrors reflecting mirrors, showing one another what we can’t yet see,” Gottlieb writes, offering a simultaneously deeply personal and universal tour of an elusive process and its power to transform us, to quite possibly life changing effect.
“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is funny, hopeful, wise, and engrossing—all all at the same time. Lori Gottlieb takes us inside the most intimate of encounters as both clinician and patient and leaves us with a surprisingly fresh understanding of ourselves, one another, and the human condition. This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book.”Arianna Huffington
Founder, Huffington Post and founder & CEO, Thrive Global
“Here are some people who might benefit from Lori Gottlieb’s illuminating new book: Therapists, people who have been in therapy, people who have been in relationships, people who have experienced emotions. In other words, everyone. Lori’s story is funny, enlightening, and radically honest. It merits far more than 50 minutes of your time.”A.J. Jacobs
New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically
“This book is so insightful, and compassionate, and rich, and taught me a lot about myself. I was sucked right in to these vivid, funny, illuminating stories of humans trying to climb their way out of hiding, overcome self-defeating habits, and wake up to their own strength. Gottlieb has captured something profound about the struggle, and the miracle, of human connection.”Sarah Hepola
New York Times bestselling author of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget