Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb [Infographic + Summary]

Counseling, Psychotherapy / Saturday, May 25th, 2019

By reading this summary of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, you will discover what does a therapist do exactly and in particular, how the author works.

About the author

Lori Gottlieb is a therapist as well as an American writer. The world knows her for her famous books as well as the weekly advice column named as the “Dear Therapist” that she writes for The Atlantic.

About the book

  • Release date: April 2, 2019.
  • Number of customer reviews: 188 reviews. (05/18/19)
  • Number of stars: 4.7/5.0.

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Key quote from the book

“We tend to think that the future happens later, but we’re creating it in our minds every day. When the present falls apart, so does the future we had associated with it. And having the future taken away is the mother of all plot twists.”

Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Infographic:

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Book infographic – Maybe you should talk to someone by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Summary:

With no doubt, each one of us suffers from certain psychological knots in our lifetime. There are a number of reasons for that among which external circumstances are considered the most important ones. But the problem is that we feel hesitant and fearful of reaching for the person who can help us, the therapist. We hold a false perception that those who reach for the therapists or psychologists are actually mentally retarded people. Well, let me correct you all, it’s totally a wrong perception. In all these scenarios, there are a number of factors that have been implemented by people in order to influence individuals towards therapy sessions and all. The book, “Maybe you should talk to someone”, is one of those influential factors that pushes an individual to take the right path of reaching for the therapist.

The main idea of the book revolves around five main aspects where all of them are discussed below briefly:

A doorway to Lori Gottlieb’s life:

In this book, Lori Gottlieb, the author of the book takes you through the door into her own life. This is the main factor that makes the reader feel comfortable as it is a sort of one to one conversation. 

Lori Gottlieb had suffered from some major setback in her life which actually influenced her to enter the world of therapy. She was having a son from her first relationship while she got into a new relationship. Out of nowhere, his boyfriend took a stand that he cannot take the responsibility of upbringing a child who is not his. All just left her devastated and broken from inside.

But, certain aspects of our lives which we consider as the bad times take the shape of a push for us to enter the glorious times of our life.

Tour of the room of a therapist:

The author of the book takes you to a complete tour of the room of a therapist. Tour here means the tour of the stories that are enclosed in the four walls of the therapy room. 

She takes her readers to the journey that encompasses the factors of care, intimacy, courage, fear, suicidal thoughts, giving up and a lot more.

It actually is a real-time journey of the lives of some of the people via the words written on the pieces of paper.

Story from both the ends:

We humans have the nature of considering the story from our perspective to be the final one. But, Lori Gottlieb breaks the custom here and takes her reader on the journey of both the perspectives. 

She not only showcases the lives of her patients from her viewpoint, but also allows the reader to dive into the story of the patient by their own respective point of views.

According to her, a therapist responds to the patient in a way that his or her own circumstances have affected upon him or her respectively. In other words, what she wants to state is that the procedures of the therapy opted by the therapist are clearly the reflection of the life or struggles therapist has himself or herself, gone through.

How does it feel when a therapist faces the therapist?

Lori Gottlieb discusses a very strange but incredible sort of topic in her this book where she allows the readers to understand the connection which is established between the therapist and a patient during the therapy sessions. And how should one respond in such circumstances? 

She also discusses her journey of going to the therapy sessions. She does not feel hesitant in discussing the procedures she went through during the therapy and how was it affecting her response as she is a therapist herself.

Allowing the reader to relate himself/herself:

The most significant part about this book is that it allows the reader to be completely lost in the journey of the proceeds of this book. A reader may relate his or her personal life with many of the chapters being discussed in the book.

The book holds the stories of certain patients of Lori Gottlieb. You may be one of those individuals whose story might relate to them or may not. But it will for sure give you hint about the path that you may follow in order to take yourself out of all the situations that are bringing you down each day. In simple words, this book is a journey of life being narrated on paper while taking into consideration the aspects of humor, grace, and morals.


All in all, this book is a complete Jetpack for the readers who want to understand the significance of the therapy as well as wanting to appreciate the world of therapy, in quite a comprehensible and humorous way as this is how the author has presented her ideas in the book. 

So, are you ready to embark on the journey of the world of therapy? If so, the book waits for you!

What to expect from the book?

  • Convincing yourself to glimpse life from a new perspective.
  • Comprehending the significance of therapy.
  • Understanding the aspect of looking at a situation from both aspects.
  • Aspects of the relationship between a patient a therapist.
  • How can one make a control regarding the aspects of life and bad times?

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