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Radical Self-Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dreams Paperback – February 9, 2016
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A lot of notions in this book I did not agree with. For example: smiling to get yourself into a good mood does not fix the reason you are in a "bad mood", having a bad or hard time with life, and so on. Assuming we are not talking about something as simple as commute problems, this puts a band-aid on something that needs to be addressed. It's a great way to spiral into a deep self-denying depression. There is nothing wrong with feeling how you feel for as long as you need to feel it, to get to the point. It felt wrong to have someone who went through so much in her earlier youth have a "get over it" type of attitude, or have the toughness of change and metamorphosis appear to be so breezy and light. I don't see how taking endless selfies will make you truly love yourself beyond becoming more narcissistic (which to me are two different concepts). That was my take-away with it, and your mileage may vary.
On the plus side, I still adore Gala, I think she is fabulous, and I am glad that I am not in my 20s anymore! This book would have been great for me when I was in that age group, perhaps my qualm is due to being older and presumably wiser.
Most of the first chapter tells you about "Gala's" life before she turned it around, how she had an eating disorder and idolized one of the Olsen twins, and how she discovered a practice called "tapping" that literally changed her life. The thing that really got me mad? She recommends that you practice "tapping", but she doesn't explain exactly what it is or how to do it, just gives you this vague notion that it's something combining acupressure and "meridians in your body" that clears emotional blockages. Then she gives you a URL to her website that she says will show you how to tap.
I went to this URL, and there was no content there, just a mailing list signup. As of the moment I'm writing this, that's all it still is. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt and figured the book is new, maybe she didn't have the time to get all of the content up onto her website yet. I signed up for her email figuring I'd get a link to a video on how to tap. But no. That's not what happened at all.
Today I got an email from "Ms. Darling", inviting me to sign up for her new tapping course at a discount-- only $95 instead of $145.
Talk about a scam!! How are you going to put out a book that claims itself a guide, and then put your most vital tool for doing so behind a paywall? No thanks lady.
And yes, I know I can look up tapping on my own online, it's just the effrontery of purchasing a book that is supposed to be a guide, and then having to go look it up on my own. Thanks for nothing!