• Sushma Ramesh

Maybe You should talk to someone:A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

  • Book Name: Maybe You should talk to someone:A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

  • Author: Lori Gottlieb

  • Publishers: Amaryllis Publishers

  • Price: 599 INR

  • Available on: Amazon and Flipkart

About the Book:

Meet Lori Gottlieb, an insightful and compassionate therapist whose clients present her with all kinds of problems. There’s the struggling new parents; the older woman who feels she has nothing to live for; the self-destructive young alcoholic; and the terminally ill 35-year-old newlywed. And there’s John, a narcissistic television producer, who frankly just seems to be a bit of a jerk. Over the course of a year, they all make progress. But Gottlieb is not just a therapist–she’s also a patient who’s on a journey of her own. Interspersed with the stories of her clients are her own therapy sessions, as Gottlieb goes in search of the hidden roots of a devastating and life-changing event. Personal, revealing, funny, and wise, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone opens a rare window onto a world that is most often bound by secrecy, offering an illuminating tour of a profoundly private process.

About the Author:

LORI GOTTLIEB is a psychotherapist and the New York Times bestselling author of Marry Him and Stick Figure. A sought-after expert, she has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, MSNBC, and CNN, and writes The Atlantic's advice column, "Dear Therapist." --This text refers to the library edition.

My take on the Book:

I remember at the beginning of the year; I had seen this book literally everywhere on bookstagram and people were raving about it all over the place. After seeing all this, I too was curious to read the book and see what the fuss is all about, and when I finally got my hands on the book, I was ecstatic.

Unlike other nonfiction reads, ‘Maybe you should talk to someone’ is narrated more like a story than as a self-help book, and it truly was insightful. I absolutely loved how it was so entertaining, hilarious, and educational at the same time. I give at most importance to mental health in my life and I deliberately read this book in a snail pace (I took almost one full month to finish the book) mainly because I very much wanted everything to mark itself in my thoughts and help me in my personal life as well.

I felt every character in this book had something to teach including the author and that for me was something unexpected. Like most people, I too had a misconception about therapies being something that people go to only when they have problems in their lives but after reading this book, I now know how much of an important role a therapist plays in one’s life to make it a better place for them. I am also happy that I see more and more people openly talking about mental health and giving equal importance, just like its other counterparts.

This would be one such book to which I would go back to, again and again, and I highly recommend this book to everyone.

My favorite quote from the book:

“But part of getting to know yourself is to unknow yourself—to let go of the limiting stories you’ve told yourself about who you are so that you aren’t trapped by them, so you can live your life and not the story you’ve been telling yourself about your life.”

Overall ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟