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Demián es un muchacho curioso e inquieto que desea saber más sobre sí mismo. Esta búsqueda le conduce hasta Jorge, el Gordo, un psicoanalista muy peculiar que le ayuda a enfrentarse a la vida y a encontrar las respuestas que está buscando con un método muy personal: cada día le explica un cuento. Son cuentos clásicos, modernos o populares, reinventados por el psicoanalista Demián es un muchacho curioso e inquieto que desea saber más sobre sí mismo. Esta búsqueda le conduce hasta Jorge, el Gordo, un psicoanalista muy peculiar que le ayuda a enfrentarse a la vida y a encontrar las respuestas que está buscando con un método muy personal: cada día le explica un cuento. Son cuentos clásicos, modernos o populares, reinventados por el psicoanalista para ayudar a su joven amigo a resolver sus dudas. Historias que a todos nos pueden servir para entendernos mejor a nosotros mismos, nuestras relaciones y nuestros miedos.


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Demián es un muchacho curioso e inquieto que desea saber más sobre sí mismo. Esta búsqueda le conduce hasta Jorge, el Gordo, un psicoanalista muy peculiar que le ayuda a enfrentarse a la vida y a encontrar las respuestas que está buscando con un método muy personal: cada día le explica un cuento. Son cuentos clásicos, modernos o populares, reinventados por el psicoanalista Demián es un muchacho curioso e inquieto que desea saber más sobre sí mismo. Esta búsqueda le conduce hasta Jorge, el Gordo, un psicoanalista muy peculiar que le ayuda a enfrentarse a la vida y a encontrar las respuestas que está buscando con un método muy personal: cada día le explica un cuento. Son cuentos clásicos, modernos o populares, reinventados por el psicoanalista para ayudar a su joven amigo a resolver sus dudas. Historias que a todos nos pueden servir para entendernos mejor a nosotros mismos, nuestras relaciones y nuestros miedos.

30 review for Let Me Tell You a Story: A New Approach to Healing through the Art of Storytelling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miquel Reina

    "Let me tell you a story" is a book of short extension made of little tales that need to be read calmly, with mime and especially with a lot of personal reflection. I advise you to read it slowly, savoring it like a fine wine and leaving the moral hidden in each chapter resonates through your head like an echo throughout the day, this will make you reflect more deeply into every psychological tip that Bucay tries to teach us. It's a book I recommend to everyone because I think we all need from t "Let me tell you a story" is a book of short extension made of little tales that need to be read calmly, with mime and especially with a lot of personal reflection. I advise you to read it slowly, savoring it like a fine wine and leaving the moral hidden in each chapter resonates through your head like an echo throughout the day, this will make you reflect more deeply into every psychological tip that Bucay tries to teach us. It's a book I recommend to everyone because I think we all need from time to time to reflect on ourselves, finding out what are our limits and our deficiencies and above all, to be aware of our emotions and become better persons. Spanish version: Déjame que te cuente es un libro de extensión breve pero que necesita ser leído con calma, mimo y sobre todo con mucha reflexión. Os aconsejo que lo leáis poco a poco, saboreándolo como un buen vino y dejando que la moraleja que esconde cada capítulo resuene por vuestra cabeza como un eco durante todo el día, de esta manera interiorizaréis y reflexionaréis con mayor profundidad cada una de las armas psicológicas que Bucay nos intenta enseñar. Es un libro que recomiendo a todo el mundo porque creo que todos necesitamos reflexionar de vez en cuando sobre nosotros mismos, averiguando cuales son nuestros límites, nuestras deficiencias, y sobre todo para poder ser conscientes de nuestras emociones y mejorar como personas.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    Based on this book, translation, ''Let me tell you a story'', I got an impression that Jorge Bucay is trying to be South American guru of popular psychology. In this book, guru of Gestalt psychotherapy and philosophy. It was like he was trying to be bookish Sean Maguire from 'Good Will Hunting' but he failed. At least for me. Jorge Bucay wrote this book in gestalt mannerism, meaning, Bucay is a real Argentinean psychotherapist and he wanted us, me, the reader to get in contact with myself, using Based on this book, translation, ''Let me tell you a story'', I got an impression that Jorge Bucay is trying to be South American guru of popular psychology. In this book, guru of Gestalt psychotherapy and philosophy. It was like he was trying to be bookish Sean Maguire from 'Good Will Hunting' but he failed. At least for me. Jorge Bucay wrote this book in gestalt mannerism, meaning, Bucay is a real Argentinean psychotherapist and he wanted us, me, the reader to get in contact with myself, using autosuggestion as a tool. Which is of course basic thing of any self analysis, but I found his stories quite shallow and too general. Yes, all of his stories have one intention – using warm connotations, fables and parabolas, symbolism from ancient cultures, countries and religions ... rather than cold ''psycho'' expressions to approach masses – crowd. Which is ok if your inner world is a land not yet discovered, and if you are disconnected with yourself and if you need instant help. Something soothing that will tell you, you are not alone. Which is again, something we all can relate to. Nobody wants to be psychologically special (this sounds dumb :), we all need to have and we want comrades during our crises. I am not trying to diminish Bucay, but I heard so much about this book and now I'm really disappointed. He used many anecdotes and situations which everybody has in life – problems with work, partners, lovers, friends and family ... problems with our obligations, duties, what we want, what we need, what we have, and of course, how we deal emotionally and how we project these things outside - in comparison with what is happening inside of us. He used stories, rather that advices, to show us the way ''out''. It just didn't work with me. It wasn’t deep enough, it was cute and charming. Maybe that's my problem. But to explain that I would have to start a sentence with, My dear diary...:)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hákon Gunnarsson

    I guess this is a self help book. The author is a gestalt psychotherapist, and he is one of two the main characters of this book, or that was my impression. The other is Demián, which is he is treating. His method is to tell Demián stories, and talk about things in relation to these stories. To be quite honest, I didn't really connect that well with the self help aspect of this book, but this is an interesting collection of folktales, parables, and jokes from all over. There are pieces from Chris I guess this is a self help book. The author is a gestalt psychotherapist, and he is one of two the main characters of this book, or that was my impression. The other is Demián, which is he is treating. His method is to tell Demián stories, and talk about things in relation to these stories. To be quite honest, I didn't really connect that well with the self help aspect of this book, but this is an interesting collection of folktales, parables, and jokes from all over. There are pieces from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Zen Buddhism, and so on. His retellings of them are quite fun. I enjoyed reading this collection, and I may dip into sometime again.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    if you're older than 15, enjoy the collection of stories in this book. that's all there is to it. all the author's attempts to analyze the stories, moralize, "guide" the character (and subsequently the reader) through deep understanding of human psychology, fail and just seem so superficial, already tried and unnecessary. had this been just a collection of stories, it would've been enough. it reminded me too much of coelho - shallow and not good quality writing. if you're older than 15, enjoy the collection of stories in this book. that's all there is to it. all the author's attempts to analyze the stories, moralize, "guide" the character (and subsequently the reader) through deep understanding of human psychology, fail and just seem so superficial, already tried and unnecessary. had this been just a collection of stories, it would've been enough. it reminded me too much of coelho - shallow and not good quality writing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Симона

    One thing i can tell for sure about this book - it's life-changing. All of those stories make you realize that what it is, it's not always what it seems. And i just ADORE the way I feel now, it's like I am about to start living a brand new life now. One thing i can tell for sure about this book - it's life-changing. All of those stories make you realize that what it is, it's not always what it seems. And i just ADORE the way I feel now, it's like I am about to start living a brand new life now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marija

    I prolonged finishing this book because I liked it so much that I never wanted it to end. All of the stories were very interesting and taught me something new or gave me a new perspective on certain topics. This is not your typical self-help book, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone! ( I don't usually choose to read or like reading that genre of books but I fell in love with this one.) I prolonged finishing this book because I liked it so much that I never wanted it to end. All of the stories were very interesting and taught me something new or gave me a new perspective on certain topics. This is not your typical self-help book, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone! ( I don't usually choose to read or like reading that genre of books but I fell in love with this one.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    3.5 stars Simple, enjoyable and poignant. Easy to remember because stories are easier to keep in mind than dry quotes and teachings.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Masha

    In Croatian translation it is "Ispričat ću ti priču". In Croatian translation it is "Ispričat ću ti priču".

  9. 5 out of 5

    Athanasios Kalimeris

    One of the best books I have ever read. Highly recommended, especially for the "restless" One of the best books I have ever read. Highly recommended, especially for the "restless"

  10. 5 out of 5

    Franco Santos

    Puaj.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This book was painful to read. Like a self help book written for middle schoolers, and badly written at that. Oh, my aching head...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adrijan

    Ne.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zizeloni

    Some stories were very good, some were so and so

  14. 4 out of 5

    Petya Karakostova

    I enjoyed reading the book. It is really easy to read and gives you something to think about after every chapter. I couldn't get all of the stories though. I enjoyed reading the book. It is really easy to read and gives you something to think about after every chapter. I couldn't get all of the stories though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Francesco Portoso

    The book is formed by several short fictional stories that can trigger some interesting self-reflection. While not all of them will resonate with each of us, some might lead to observe personal situations from different perspective thanks to the freedom of exploration that is often facilitated with the fictional nature of the book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natálie Podešvová

    There are many good old wives' tales. Some of the stories are known from other sources and books. I like the way of narrating that every problem/situation has its way of solution which can be apparent and simultaneously it's reflecting in individual stories. :) There are many good old wives' tales. Some of the stories are known from other sources and books. I like the way of narrating that every problem/situation has its way of solution which can be apparent and simultaneously it's reflecting in individual stories. :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Denis

    It's an easy, special little book that is quite unique. Full of short stories which originate from different cultures and make you think about yourself and life in general. It took me by surprise and i totally loved it. It's an easy, special little book that is quite unique. Full of short stories which originate from different cultures and make you think about yourself and life in general. It took me by surprise and i totally loved it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deja

    Good book for therapeutical work... For psychologists etc.

  19. 5 out of 5

    James

    Jorge Bucay is always great!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rafaila

    I have read this book twice within a long time range, long enough to forget most of the book's details in between. When reading this type of books I have the habit of marking pages with content that I found insightful. Interestingly, I noticed that the parts that I found most insightful were in many cases different during the second reading, showing that even though me and the circuimstances around me have changed the book is still timely. I found the book extremely helpful and loved it both tim I have read this book twice within a long time range, long enough to forget most of the book's details in between. When reading this type of books I have the habit of marking pages with content that I found insightful. Interestingly, I noticed that the parts that I found most insightful were in many cases different during the second reading, showing that even though me and the circuimstances around me have changed the book is still timely. I found the book extremely helpful and loved it both times I read it. It is easy to read, relaxing and in many cases awakening. All the stories are deeply educative and although they all have the same centre - a young student with everyday struggles - it is hard to think of someone that doesn't share (at least some of) Demian's concerns and that the stories wouldn't apply to him. Personally, I couldn't help the feeling that some stories were put there for me to provide answers to some personal internal questions. Thank you Mr. Bucay! I would totally recommend it and am planning to re-read it in the future (after the necessary time to forget it again has passed)!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bernd

    I will come back to this book in some time in my life, I just know it. This book is full of wisdom, neatly packaged into stories that are beeing told in therapy-sessions. The overarching story itself isn't really important, but it doesn't have to be. The main appeal of this book, to me at least, are the stories the therapist tells the narrator. They are about everything in life. Be it fear, happiness, expectations or Lies. You will enjoy this book the most if you really try to understand what ev I will come back to this book in some time in my life, I just know it. This book is full of wisdom, neatly packaged into stories that are beeing told in therapy-sessions. The overarching story itself isn't really important, but it doesn't have to be. The main appeal of this book, to me at least, are the stories the therapist tells the narrator. They are about everything in life. Be it fear, happiness, expectations or Lies. You will enjoy this book the most if you really try to understand what every story wants to tell you. At the Core of each story there is a realisation about the topic in question. I did not read this book carefull enough. I bet I missed the meaning of a lot of stories so I know that I will read this once in a while, even if It's just so I can re-read a story I loved.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Silke

    Short stories embedded in a series of therapy sessions and lighthearted conversations between a therapist and his patient - entertaining but with deep meaning hidden behind the short stories - taken from different cultures and religions.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    A collection of short stories that give you answers to a lot of questions. Made me reflect on feelings and questions I am confronted with often.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Evi S

    That was definitely one of the best books ive ever read. Fast pace and didn't feel at all like a psychology book. Loved the stories That was definitely one of the best books ive ever read. Fast pace and didn't feel at all like a psychology book. Loved the stories

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lucija

    I loved how the book turns into a self-help guide as you read story after story and begin to find yourself in Demian's problems and start to implement Jorge's pieces of advice into solving your own daily struggles. The stories are brilliantly told, and what makes them even better is Jorge carefully choosing them and adressing them to each of Demian's hardships. Making it easier for the reader to recognize a situation in his life where a certain lesson should be applied. This was my second time re I loved how the book turns into a self-help guide as you read story after story and begin to find yourself in Demian's problems and start to implement Jorge's pieces of advice into solving your own daily struggles. The stories are brilliantly told, and what makes them even better is Jorge carefully choosing them and adressing them to each of Demian's hardships. Making it easier for the reader to recognize a situation in his life where a certain lesson should be applied. This was my second time reading this book, with barely remembering having it read the first time. Therefore, not only would I recommend it to anyone seaking easy, yet stimulating read, but I also advise you to grab it every once in a while. Because, no matter how inspiring the stories are, there is a slight chance of you actually remembering all of them and putting them into actions.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aneta Jackowska-Musiol

    When I first started to read this book, I thought: this therapist is one big high hat with self esteem higher than Eiffel Tower. He wants to show up too much for my taste. But it is a hell of a good therapist, some of his stories are still sitting in my mind making it stir... Like the one about lying and liars. I don't feel hurt any longer because someone had lied to me! Anyway, I become interested in this type of therapy. Holistic. When I first started to read this book, I thought: this therapist is one big high hat with self esteem higher than Eiffel Tower. He wants to show up too much for my taste. But it is a hell of a good therapist, some of his stories are still sitting in my mind making it stir... Like the one about lying and liars. I don't feel hurt any longer because someone had lied to me! Anyway, I become interested in this type of therapy. Holistic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fenollar

    This book compiles great fables and stories written in different cultures by different authors that make you think for good a great deal. Really like it. Don't know if there is a version in English. Love, Joaquin This book compiles great fables and stories written in different cultures by different authors that make you think for good a great deal. Really like it. Don't know if there is a version in English. Love, Joaquin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aleksander

    Great book! It's worth reading and not just once. All those stories make you start to think about life, our characteristics, our behaviour. This book starts a little flame/itch so you start digging in yourself. Great book! It's worth reading and not just once. All those stories make you start to think about life, our characteristics, our behaviour. This book starts a little flame/itch so you start digging in yourself.

  29. 5 out of 5

    dVicko

    Great book. Very simply written and very light. Every chapter is basically a story that the psychotherapist is telling to his patient Damien and every story has a hidden meaning. The stories are very beautiful and inspiring. This is a great book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Hyatt-James

    A delghtful mish-mash of folkelore and parables, all explaining life's quandries. Jorge Bucay, ingeniously, uses his characters, Damien and himself as conduits for this. A delghtful mish-mash of folkelore and parables, all explaining life's quandries. Jorge Bucay, ingeniously, uses his characters, Damien and himself as conduits for this.

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