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This book saved my life.,
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This review is from: The Art of Failure - The Anti Self-Help Guide (Kindle Edition)
I am a young academic suffering my first bout of major depression due to the break up of a long term relationship and a poor career choice. The title of the book drew me in because at this moment I indeed feel like a total "failure". All of the cognative psychology self-help books my therapist recommened I read while battling (or wading) through my depression are simplistic, banal, unintelligent and honestly not worth the paper they were printed on. This book is indeed the anti-self-help book and thank goodness it is. The book itself uses many literary, psychological, and philosophic allusions in its rhetoric and might not be that useful for readers who are not use to prose that is cross disaplinary. I, on another hand,love this book. I bought it for the kindle on my smart phone and spent the entire evening devouring it... I now have some new perspective on my life, when for the past few months I have been waking up every morning literally wishing I was not alive wondering how I had gotten myself into the situation that I am in. This book saved my life, and my therapist is an idiot who gets paid too much.
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2013 9:20:58 PM PDT
Thank you for your review. I am glad this book helped you & thanks for sharing that. Also, seeing that you said some other things that strike me as important, I'll say the following in response & in the hope that you'll find my comments helpful:
1. If your therapist is "an idiot", how about finding one who helps you better?
2. Psychotherapy does have good books on dealing with depression. How about you search them out?
3. I think you will gain from forming a more extensive understanding of "things", including the causes of depression. This will enable you to undertand & deal with your difficulties better. The difficulties will continue until you do.
The underlying theme of these comments may be to listen to your deepest self & get proactive rather than superficially reactive & blaming.
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