23 episodes

This season on How's Work?, iconic couples therapist Esther Perel focuses on the hard conversations we're afraid to have in our jobs: Colleagues navigating the new etiquette of a work from home workforce. Newsrooms whose journalists feel that covering breaking news has broken them. A doctor who wants to walk away from his profession, during a pandemic. And lobbyists whose fight for racial equality ends up dividing them. Esther Perel brings a new perspective to the invisible forces that shape workplace dynamics, connections, and conflict through one-time therapy sessions with coworkers, cofounders, and colleagues—listen and learn as you hear your own workplace dilemmas play out in the lives of others.

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    • 4.8 • 88 Ratings

This season on How's Work?, iconic couples therapist Esther Perel focuses on the hard conversations we're afraid to have in our jobs: Colleagues navigating the new etiquette of a work from home workforce. Newsrooms whose journalists feel that covering breaking news has broken them. A doctor who wants to walk away from his profession, during a pandemic. And lobbyists whose fight for racial equality ends up dividing them. Esther Perel brings a new perspective to the invisible forces that shape workplace dynamics, connections, and conflict through one-time therapy sessions with coworkers, cofounders, and colleagues—listen and learn as you hear your own workplace dilemmas play out in the lives of others.

    We Sell Happiness But We're Miserable

    We Sell Happiness But We're Miserable

    One is the creative guy, the other runs the business. While their bakery is thriving, their relationship is falling apart. How much of this has to do with the fact that they don't show the same love and attention to one another that they show to their macarons? Esther helps them sort our their romantic selves so they can sort out their business.
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    • 57 min
    My Promotion Ended Our Friendship

    My Promotion Ended Our Friendship

    They were close friends before they started working together. But when one got a surprise promotion, the other began to question her value within the friendship, as well as the organization. To save the friendship, should she leave the job?
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    • 51 min
    I'm Your Special One

    I'm Your Special One

    A young artist and her gallerist are exceptionally close. The line between professional and personal relationship often blurs, or disappears altogether. But it's a fragile intimacy, threatened by feelings of jealousy over another rising star in the gallery.
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    • 53 min
    Since I Can't Be Myself, I Try To Be You

    Since I Can't Be Myself, I Try To Be You

    They are identical twins, inseparable since the start of life, now too in business. One brother has dreams of pursuing a career on his own, but is afraid of being left behind. While the other has never realized quite how much he leaned on his twin. Esther helps them rewrite the history of their partnership so they can move forward on a new path.
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    • 53 min
    Breaking News Has Broken Us

    Breaking News Has Broken Us

    A large and scattered network of journalists meet for a virtual session with Esther. Over the past year, they've reported on the biggest stories of their careers, but they are burned out, isolated, grieving, and disconnected from the very thing that supports and energizes them all: their newsroom.
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    • 49 min
    Couples Therapy with My Boss

    Couples Therapy with My Boss

    From day one, they’ve described their relationship as “tumultuous." One is new to the workforce, the other is new to this particular workplace. One manages the other. And while they like each other on a personal level, they clash over their fundamentally different approaches to getting the job done.
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

LayJennJenn ,

A role model

Thought-provoking insights into relationships that are never “just” about work. Esther reveals some of the scripts and motivations driving her clients’ conflicts, and provides useful tools for strengthening connection and shared understanding. This has really helped me.

s_mannila ,

Thank Creator for Esther

Esther is literally life changing. So smart, insightful, intuitive, empathetic, tough, curious, and engaging. She is amazing and has helped me tackle many of my own issues simply by listening to her work with others.

Froro ,

I absolutely love Esther

Esther is so understanding just so great at what she does, great at putting people at ease and pulling out information I just live live live listening to her and learning from these podcasts about myself and people in general.

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