42 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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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?

    On Again/Off Again

    On Again/Off Again

    They've been on and off for almost 20 years. While she takes cares of his and their child, she wants to know that he's also there for her. He's been battling depression for years. And the shame that comes with it.

    • 53 min
    Trapped in Their Own Story

    Trapped in Their Own Story

    Their whole relationship is based on one big misunderstanding, with infidelity and blame on both sides. Years later, they still can't see the other's perspective.
    Programming note: This conversation was recorded after the COVID-19 lockdown.

    • 47 min
    Burdens of the Family

    Burdens of the Family

    They share a legacy of war, a refugee upbringing, and family trauma. Their marriage was seen as taboo, and now they're trying to build a happier relationship for their child.
    Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

    • 41 min
    He Loves Her, His Family Rejects Her

    He Loves Her, His Family Rejects Her

    She left her life, her family and her country for a man she met on Reddit. Their love is real, but his family has been hell.
    Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

    • 44 min
    When I'm Manic I Cheat

    When I'm Manic I Cheat

    Bipolar, infidelity, open relationships: they're stuck in a world of loaded words. Her friends are convinced she should leave, but she doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps.
    Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

    • 50 min
    It's Very Hard to Live with a Saint

    It's Very Hard to Live with a Saint

    Barely a year into marriage, they're trapped in a cycle of explosive conflict. She can do no right, and he can do no wrong.
    Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

    • 42 min

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