Recommended in Edition # 1 of the Find That Pod newsletter.
Believe it or not, the Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel podcast is amongst the first five podcasts I ever recommended in the very first edition of the Find That Pod newsletter. So it’s only fitting that I revisit this show which is still going strong, albeit at a bit of a slower pace, as Esther has released another podcast called How’s Work.
Hosted by Belgian-American psychotherapist Esther Perel, “Where Should We Begin is one of the most fascinating podcasts I have ever listened to. The show is unique in its own sense as it provides a platform for couples to share insights into their relationships and the challenges they face in their day-to-day life. With Esther Perel’s guidance, couples can reflect on their experiences and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their significant others.
But who are these couples? They’re clients of Perel’s who have agreed to have one or more of their sessions recorded and released on her show. They are anonymized but offer an incredible view into the endless myriad of relationship problems and complexities that couples often encounter. The show is highly intimate, and listening to Perel guide these people searching for answers to their emotional problems is both soothing and, at times, cathartic.
To say that Esther Perel is an excellent listener is an understatement. Her “say more” phrase has almost taken on a catchphrase-like life of its own, as she has a way of making the couples feel comfortable and safe to share their vulnerabilities. Perel has a non-judgmental approach, which makes the couples feel heard and validated. In each episode, she explores different aspects of the couple’s relationship and provides practical advice on how to improve communication and intimacy.
Another thing that I find interesting about this podcast is that Esther Perel explores the complexities of modern relationships. She discusses how technology, social media, and other external factors impact relationships. She also explores the importance of boundaries, trust, and honesty in relationships. This makes the podcast relevant to anyone in a relationship, regardless of age or sexual orientation.
The show also has a way of making the listener feel like they are part of the conversation. The stories the couples share are relatable, and Esther Perel’s advice is practical and actionable. I have found myself taking notes, on more than one occasion, on some of the advice that Esther Perel provided, as I could see how it could be applied to my own life.
But the podcast is not just for couples who are experiencing challenges in their relationships. It is also for couples who want to deepen their connection and intimacy. Esther Perel provides insights into how to maintain a healthy and fulfilling relationship. She talks about the importance of prioritizing your partner and making time for each other.
The podcast is also well-produced. The sound quality is excellent, and the music that is used in the background adds to the overall ambiance of the podcast. The editing is seamless, and the episodes flow well. This makes the podcast a pleasure to listen to.
Overall, I highly recommend the “Where Should We Begin with Esther Perel” podcast. It is insightful, engaging, and relevant. Whether you are in a new relationship or have been with your partner for years, there is something in this podcast for everyone.
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