Lori Gottlieb is a natural storyteller—and no wonder. She’s helped craft stories for film and TV as a Hollywood executive, delved deeply into her subjects’ stories as a journalist, and helped people change their stories in her clinical work as a psychotherapist. In her New York Times bestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, she writes candidly about her experience as both a licensed professional and regular human being. Deeply relatable, disarmingly funny, and startling profound, Gottlieb lifts the curtain on the mystery of our own lives, the stories we tell ourselves to live, and the power we have to change the narrative.
“Rarely have I read a book that challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing.”— Katie Couric
What happens when a therapist—someone trained to manage human behavior—experiences her own personal crisis? In her brilliant new book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb speaks honestly about her own experience, as well as guides a broader conversation on mental health, wellness, vulnerability, relationships. It’s been called “satisfyingly voyeuristic and intimate” (Slate), “provocative and entertaining” (The Washington Post) and “irresistibly candid and addicting” (The New York Times Book Review). An instant New York Times bestseller, the memoir was named Best Nonfiction Book of the year by O, The Oprah Magazine and is currently being adapted as a television series with actress Eva Longoria. On stage, Gottlieb is candid, thoughtful and entertaining, blending her clinical experience with real-world stories, fascinating research, and the latest cultural developments. By opening up conversations about our emotional lives in a way that is approachable and inspiring, Gottlieb helps shift perspectives and create powerful change. She shows us that vulnerability isn’t a weakness, but a compelling leadership tool; that our external circumstances don’t have to dictate our lives; and that we can consciously create meaning anywhere—at work, with our clients and colleagues, as well as in our personal lives and relationships.
In addition to her clinical practice, Gottlieb is the idiosyncratic voice behind The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and a regular contributor to The New York Times. She has written hundreds of articles related to psychology and culture, many of which have become viral sensations, and is a sought-after expert on media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.” To date, Gottlieb has shared the stage with numerous emotional health advocates and thought leaders such as Katie Couric, Arianna Huffington, Esther Perel, Geena Davis, Jane Fonda, and Tara Westover. Gottlieb is also TED speaker, a member of the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind, and advisor to the Aspen Institute.
Maybe You Should Talk to Somone How Changing Our Stories Can Change Our Lives
One day, Lori Gottlieb is helping patients at her therapeutic practice in LA—the next, she finds herself in a crisis that lands her on the other side of the therapist’s couch. In her groundbreaking new book Maybe You Should Talk to Somone, Gottlieb opens up about her experience as both professional and patient. She examines the truths and fictions we tell ourselves to live—stories of love, desire, meaning, mortality, guilt, and redemption—and asks what happens when those stories are wrong?
In this illuminating new talk, Gottlieb shows us that it’s not our external circumstances that hold us back, but the way we narrate them that has a powerful effect. When we cling to a faulty narrative, we end up living that life story—and becoming trapped in it, unable to grow or change. Funny, thought-provoking, and above all else, honest, Gottlieb shows us how to rewrite our stories—even those that are deeply held—so that something transformative can happen. When we change the narrative, Gottlieb reminds us, what we are really changing is the quality of our lives.