- Series: The School of Life
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Picador; 2nd prt. edition (December 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250030633
- ISBN-13: 978-1250030634
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Stay Sane (The School of Life) Paperback – December 24, 2012
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It’s a crazy world out there. Keeping it together is hard. Pressure, confusion, and conflicts abound, so one should find ways to not only cope but also thrive. In her pithy contribution to the School of Life series, Perry explores the components of a rational lifestyle on many levels. She suggests ways to enact objective and accurate self-assessments, hone healthy interpersonal skills, learn how to appreciate good stress and recognize bad, and, finally, create empowering self-narratives. Throughout her comprehensive analysis of the human psyche, Perry emphasizes behaviors and outlines conditions that work to one’s benefit. Conscious self-observation, she advises, helps one escape emotional ruts, develop nurturing relationships, and reinvent mindsets. Concluding that there is no single “right” approach for every person or lifestyle, Perry helpfully supports her recommendations with practical exercises that, she posits, may preclude the need for external psychotherapeutic intervention. Throughout, Perry offers guidance that is both revelatory and achievable. --Carol Haggas
“Self-Help Books for the Rest of Us.” ―The New York Times
“Sanity, Philippa Perry shows in this brilliant little book, is not about normality, but about how to maintain a flexible position between rigidity and chaos.” ―The Economist, Books of the Year
“[Perry's] inviting tone (complimented by lighthearted illustrations throughout) and friendly prose make this an accessible addition to the School of Life publications.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Using stories from her therapy practice to illustrate her points as well as numerous exercises to conduct alone, with a loved one or within a group, Perry brings new light to a well-visited subject.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Perry offers guidance that is both revelatory and achievable.” ―Booklist
“In an age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better.” ―Alain de Botton, The School of Life Series Editor
“The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the treasure trove of human knowledge.” ―The Independent on Sunday (London)
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