In Her Hit Podcast on iTunes, Psychoanalyst Esther Perel Investigates the Secret Lives of Strangers, Reminding Us “How good it is to listen” (The New Yorker)
Psychoanalyst, bestselling author, and now host of the exciting new podcast Where Should We Begin?, Esther Perel invites people to understand their own private issues through the lives of others. Every Friday, WSWB? offers conversations that enlighten, touch, and inform—whatever your relationship status may be.
Since the coyly named Where Should We Begin? debuted on Audible in May, Perel has attracted attention from the likes of the New Yorker and NPR for the frank discussions the show reveals. During her appearance on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me, host Peter Sagal quizzed Perel on couples therapy, abstinance, and being a “relationship expert,” to which Perel replied with her trademark mile-a-minute warmth. This can be seen in her viral TED Talks, which have together been viewed nearly 20 million times.
The podcast (already #3 on iTunes) takes the form of a live couples therapy session, with Perel listening and intervening when she sees fit. How did she convince people to participate in sharing the most private details of their lives on a podcast? “We put out one email. We invited people to participate in a podcast where it’s very clearly said you will be recorded; you will be on the radio; et cetera. We got 450 responses,” Perel told NPR. In the two weeks since the show has been airing, she’s received another 150 requests to participate. Funny, touching, and informative, “Perel’s show is a reminder of how good it is to listen,” says the New Yorker.
Fluent in nine languages, Perel is a Belgian native and a practicing psychotherapist whose innovative models for building strong and lasting relationships have won acclaim across five continents. She writes the “Close Encounters with Esther Perel” column for Cosmopolitan, and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Guardian, Le Monde, Ha’Aretz, and The Wall Street Journal. The New York Times named Perel as the most important game-changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her book, Mating in Captivity, is an international bestseller, translated into 25 languages.
Where Should We Begin? airs every Friday and is available for free here.