Staff Review: "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone"
For most people, a breakup can be a difficult life event to process. Sometimes, it can even cause folks to seek out help in the form of talk therapy. But what if you’re a therapist and you’re the one who’s being broken up with?
As a therapist, Lori Gottlieb has helped clients with a myriad of problems, from cheating spouses to adults who were abused or neglected as children. But her world is rocked when her boyfriend of over two years suddenly tells her he wants to break up. It’s a revelation Lori didn’t see coming, and she surprises herself by just how devastated she is by the news. To help cope, Lori starts to see a therapist of her own named Wendell, who identifies the underlying cause of Lori’s emotional unrest and helps her begin to heal.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone alternates between Lori’s therapy sessions with Wendell and the sessions she conducts with her own clients, which include a narcissistic screenwriter, a terminally ill woman in her early 30s, and a woman who develops a deep depression as she approaches turning 70. Lori uses her patient cases (as well as her own) to illustrate different aspects of human behavior and to explore different psychological approaches and theories.
I loved this book so much that I don’t even know where to begin to gush. I’ve always been greatly intrigued by the world of psychology and how people's behaviors – good or bad – develop. This book touches on that in a fascinating way, as Lori compares what it’s like to be a therapist vs. being a patient. I was also incredibly engrossed in the lives and stories of Lori’s patients, whom you really come to know in an intimate way. I also feel like the book makes you, in a small way, take a look at your own life and do some self-reflection. I can’t recommend this book enough, and I think virtually anyone who reads will get some valuable insight about themselves or others.