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Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth Paperback – March 29, 2005
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- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Paperback : 286 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0970693842
- ISBN-13 : 978-0970693846
- Dimensions : 6.1 x 0.65 x 9.15 inches
- Publisher : Sparrowhawk Publications; Revised edition (March 29, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Which is bull. Obviously, the author has never had his life destroyed by people who were not accepting of other people's truths. The author has never had to come out as gay to his bible thumping family and been sent to traumatizing conversion camp. He's never come out as a former sex worker to a family who then got him fired from his new job that he worked hard to put himself through school for. He's never had to lie to keep himself safe.
Telling the truth is not always safe. And I'm really surprised that the author doesn't recognize this and put more emphasis on what is really important. Which is telling the truth to yourself.
1) The author, for all of his claims of living a life well lived, is currently on his 5th marriage. If that is any indication as to how "radical honesty" works in relationships, then I'd rather not follow his path for the sake of my wife and children.
2) There's a fair amount of pseudo-new-agey-spirituality sprinkled through the book. The claims that all religions or philosophies are spawned in order to get back to the singularity of being in your mother's womb? Sounds like something that would be read on some new age blog or on a Starbucks cup and not in a proper book.
3) The overall impression I received from the book is that no one else matters but yourself. You tell the truth about everything, including your irrational thoughts or emotions, regardless of whom that may hurt. The undercurrent of narcissism is pervasive. I'm all for honesty, but I'm not going to tell my 2 year old that he's annoying the shit out of me just to be "radically honest" with my feelings. That's selfishness ("what matters more to me is expressing my feelings and/or emotions and how my child will respond"), not healing.
4) The author probably is a great practicing psychologist, but writing is not his forte. The book itself is somewhat rambling, not very well organized, and repeats itself far too often. There are also huge portions of quotes that could have been left out or abridged while still making the same point.
All that to say: in my radically honest review of the book, I radically honestly wished I had spent my time reading something else by someone who hasn't left 4 previous marriages.
I have always considered myself to be one of the "most honest" (this belief was part of the OCPD reality I created for myself that fueled my self lies and my disconnection with those around me). Within 1 chapter I realized the amount of lies I had been telling myself as I justified my "moralizim" and belief by being honest to everyone else but myself (and in reality this dishonesty allowed me to lie to others with righteous indignation).
This book has assisted me in transforming my life while discovering who I truly am. It has brought me closer to my wife then I ever thought possible. It has transformed my professional career and brought me deeper and more meaningful relationships with my family and my friends.
While I do not think this book is the end all be all. . . I do think that it is a light in the darkness and a core piece in having self love, experiencing love, being present, and having a joyful life.
I highly recommend this book and I have bought over 7 copies in the past month.
I see the negative reviews and I am grateful for their take on the book. That being said, if there is a chance that this book might bring you the healing, self love, and joy that it has brought me, my wife, my family, and my friends. . . it is worth the price and the time!
It is written in a casual tone, which is nice because it's the way you would talk to a friend. But he's also kind of nutty and some of his points were pretty out there.
Overall, I learned a ton from this book, and if you're trying to figure out how to live an honest life for yourself, this is a good place to start.
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No part of RH is completely original in its theory (I don't think Brad will mind me saying that!), being a rich tapestry of ideas drawn from Gestalt, Humanistic, Existential and Person-Centred therapy, as well as philosophies grounded in Sufisim, Buddhism and what has become better known as 'Mindfulness', the way they are brought together in this book is both powerful and thought-provoking. Many may disagree with Dr.Blanton's assertion that the only way to live a meaningful life is by telling the absolute truth, but most will agree that it certainly provokes a great deal of debate and makes us consider deeply how little we allow ourselves to be truly vulnerable to those around us, and what that means.
Definitely worth your time and consideration, 'Radical Honesty' is not just any 'self-help book', it descirbes a new way of thinking and being that could revolutionise your life and all the relationships in its past, present and future. Take it from someone who knows.
All in all, I classify this as one of my favourite books and see it as a must read.