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But then they are also narratives that have been distilled through long examination into finely crafted literary form, each with a distinct meaning. And in turning people's lives into stories with (at least partial) resolutions, Grosz persuades us to see how the psychoanalytic encounter can help people change – a little – or perhaps accept the ways in which they cannot change. This hardly amounts to a rallying cry, but it is powerful nonetheless. He does not act as advocate for psychoanalysis. He makes his larger case by showing, not telling. … [Read more...] about The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz – review
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