34 episodes

Listen to the incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. This season, she takes on open marriage, racism inside an extended family, coming out in a religious home, and chronic infidelity, among other delicate dynamics. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others. So....where should we begin?

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Audible

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    • 4.7, 93 Ratings

Listen to the incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. This season, she takes on open marriage, racism inside an extended family, coming out in a religious home, and chronic infidelity, among other delicate dynamics. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others. So....where should we begin?

    What Would It Take For You to Come Out?

    What Would It Take For You to Come Out?

    Four years in, she can't admit she's attracted to her girlfriend, and her family still doesn't know.
    Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

    • 49 min
    You Want Me To Watch The Kids While You Go Out With Another Guy?

    You Want Me To Watch The Kids While You Go Out With Another Guy?

    They met as religious teenagers and married as virgins. It's the age old story — once you're allowed to be intimate, you no longer want to be. Deciding to open the marriage has brought about huge changes in their sex life, and ruptures in their emotional one.
    Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

    • 46 min
    Season Four Trailer

    Season Four Trailer

    A new season of Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel.

    • 2 min
    Couples Under Lockdown: Lagos, Nigeria

    Couples Under Lockdown: Lagos, Nigeria

    Last summer they left everything they'd built in Seattle for a chance at a very different life. He took a dream turn to expand his company and be closer to home; she gave up her nursing job to manage their girls and explore new horizons abroad. COVID-19 hits as they watch the fate of other countries, knowing if it reaches Nigeria with a population of more than 200 million people, it will be devastating. They've been offered a chance to go home, but to what? Leaving Nigeria would mean walking away from everything, but staying could be more than either signed up for. Esther speaks to the couple as Africa begins easing restrictions.

    • 55 min
    Couples Under Lockdown: New York, New York

    Couples Under Lockdown: New York, New York

    They have three kids and their volatile marriage has fallen apart. She still hopes to rebuild. He can't get out of there fast enough. Two weeks before COVID-19 forced New Yorkers to shelter in place, they filed for divorce. Now they feel trapped. If he goes he risks not seeing his kids for weeks. If he stays he worries it will thwart his plans to finally leave. Esther urges them to think about this present time together and not about what kind of future they will have apart. 

    • 49 min
    Couples Under Lockdown: Bavaria, Germany

    Couples Under Lockdown: Bavaria, Germany

    For the last year they have lived in separate countries. She took a dream job closer to where she grew up in Germany and he stayed behind with the promise he would follow soon. Six months turned into a year, which turned into a conversation that questioned the foundation of their marriage. It took the coronavirus to get them back under one roof again. While others might complain about the close quarters, this couple hopes to find themselves in each other again. Esther pushes them to worry less about the love that was, and focus now on the love that is.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Clazzaahazza ,

Interesting, insightful and beautiful

Such a brilliant podcast that looks into the depths of emotions and people’s relationships!

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