Bestselling author and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb discusses her latest book, Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, And Our Lives Revealed. She appears in conversation with Eli Finkel.
Gottlieb's book is so much fun—insightful and hilarious, it takes us behind-the-scenes of a therapist's world— where her patients are in crisis (and so is she). By way of description: Every year, nearly 30 million Americans sit on a therapist's couch—and some of these patients are therapists. In her warm, wise and boldly revealing book, Gottlieb tells us that her most significant credential is not her license or rigorous training, but that she knows what it's like to be a person. With disarming candor, she welcomes us into her world, just as crisis has catapulted her into the office of a quirky but more seasoned psychologist named Wendell.
Gottlieb takes us on a journey from Wendell's consultation room—where she struggles to uncover her blind spots—to her own, where her patients include a narcissistic Hollywood producer; a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness; a senior citizen threatening to end her life in a year if nothing changes; and a 20-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys, including one from the waiting room. Along the way, Gottlieb examines the truths and fictions we humans tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between desire and need, emptiness and meaning, guilt and redemption, loneliness and love.
Lori Gottlieb is 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." She lives in Los Angeles.
Eli Finkel—author of the bestselling The All-or-nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work—is a professor at Northwestern University, where he has appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management. In his role as director of Northwestern’s Relationships and Motivation Lab (RAMLAB), he has published 140+ scientific papers and is a regular contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. The Economist has identified him as "one of the leading lights in the realm of relationship psychology.”
Doors to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. Books are available for purchase and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.