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Grow Up!: How Taking Responsibility Can Make You A Happy Adult Paperback – July 30, 1999
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“Pittman is straightforward and witty in his guide to what it really takes to become a responsible adult.” ―Library Journal
“In Grow Up!, film critic and psychiatrist Dr. Frank Pittman tells us the secrets of happy adult lives. He uses his own life, his years of practice as a therapist, and his prodigious reading and movie viewing to analyze our culture. He is opinionated, brilliant and incisive, never dull of mealymouthed. Plus, he is one of those rare psychiatrists who likes mothers.” ―Mary Phipher, Ph.D, author of Reviving Ophelia
“A wise, funny, in-your-face prescription for being a responsible and happy adult. Frank Pittman is Jeremiah, Solzhenitsyn, and Bill Cosby rolled into one extraordinary writer with somethin to say that we need to hear.” ―Dr. William J. Doherty, director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and president-elect of the National Council on Family Relations
Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Pittman fails to answer satisfactorily why childless couples should "stay married at all costs" or, for that matter, why people who don't plan to have children should get married in the first place. He provides ample reasons not to divorce, but doesn't really address the benefits and potential of marriage. Nor does he speak to the possibility that marriage may simply be growing obsolete. Like it or not, people aren't willing or able to tough it out anymore. Is the answer to "grow up" and act like we used ta'? I don't know. I don't think Dr. Pittman does either. He does, at least, remind us that kids are involved, and kids need two parents with the maturity to put the kids first. That is--or should be--the commitment that goes with the decision to have children.
Thank you, Dr. Pittman, for helping me sort out my growing uneasiness about those hypnotic messages from the PBS children's shows: "You're SPECIAL." "You're great just the way you are." "There's nobody like you.Read more ›
Dr. Pittman argues that taking responsibility and working hard ensure happiness, a radical concept for a nation all too often mired in adolescent worship. His critique of the film, Marvin's Room, tells us all we need to know; live responsibly for yourself and others so that your love is self-evident.This alone provides the grounding which so often alludes us.
"Why is it that wherever we turn we cause pain on one another?" This qoutation comes from Lie Down in Darkness- William Styron's searing portrait of a self absorbed southern family. Frank likes it, and one can understand why; he has seen the root of this pain and devoted his life to defeating it, helping others live happily.
Adult Children - some of us are stuck in our adolescent ways, never growing up, even as adults.
Collapse of Patriarchy - in today's world of social upheaval, where anything goes (and it ususally does), we and our children live in a world where traditional concepts are challenged. This applies to gender, age, etc etc. (Pittman compares this to the decline of Windsor) Our world is increasingly becoming narcisstic, we're trained to consume more and more.
In this post patriarchy world, we are even more challenged to grow ourselves and that of our children.
Pittman's message is simply Grow Up! Take responsiblity for yourself, your choices, your relationships, and forgive your parents.
Still a good read that most people should enjoy, even if they don't agree with everything he says.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Straight forward with no fluff. Pittman cuts to the chase and suggests ways to focus on what matters in marriage and families.Published 7 months ago by janet d. moorman
Arrived in good quality, as expexted. A decent offering from Pittman, but I haven't always found his advice applicable to situations in which I find myself.Published 17 months ago by TechNashville
In this day and age it has become acceptable to blame everyone else for the bad situations in which we find ourselves. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Barett N Byler
Only a person with a Curriculum Vitae similar to Dr. Pittman could have written this book. Not only did it require ample experience to become a seasoned therapist but enough life... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by YoyoMitch
I bought this book for an immature and irresponsible college psychology graduate hoping the book might lend some insight and viewpoints to rethink his behavior. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by D. Stritzke
I have to admit up front I didn't read all of this book as it wasn't what I thought it was going to be about. I ended up skimming through the final chapters. Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Catherine
So what kind of person reads a book entitled, "Grow up!" In this case, it's a midlife Christian therapist in Taiwan who got asked to read it as part of a restoration journey. Read morePublished on March 31, 2010 by Steven P. Spinella