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Secrets of the Superoptimist Paperback – November 1, 2006
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SECRETS OF THE SUPEROPTMIST
Gee. I didn't even remember ordering that one.
The falling flaming man on the cover reminded me of everything. It is Truth and any certain truth, just by itself, is vaguely comforting.
Really this book is about escape. Every hint/suggestion/trope/ideal/goal/aphorism in here is a key to escaping from the cage every man has built for himself.
"Focus on the Previous Small Thing."
"Set no Goals, then marvel as you exceed them."
"Take Advantage of Free Electrical Outlets."
They are all truth and all put the lie to the canned phrases and quips that fuel Dr. Phil/et. al.
The graphics are elegant and clever. The font highly readable. I have only one thumb left(an advantage, I now see) but it is so far up for this book I can't pull it out.
Especially love the exercises at the end, like the tips for dealing with the death of a loved one that include chanting "I am not a wizard", and the memory exercises that help you remember your sexual experiences by having you write a very complimentary and detailed letter from your lover to yourself.
Clever and funny, but with an air of real intelligence and truth, and damned if it won't actually make you think about things a little differently.
Turns out I was right! And wrong. It's a very funny parody, but it also happens to have a fully fleshed-out philosophy that has elements of Buddhism, Existentialism and plain old Daily Show irreverence. Smart stuff.
The book's structured as a series of "Secrets" handed down to the author from a divine being. They have names like "#14 Own and Wear a Sarong" and "#108 Never Be Photographed While Eating".
It's sort of like Tony Robbins meets Jon Stewart - and if you're at all intrigued to see what that would look like, open this book.
This book makes fun of that whole phenomenon and the entire idea that self-help books have a secret that they're generous enough to bestow on you. The "Secrets" in the book include "Set No Goals", "Boredom is Power" and "Respect the Pineapple".
Not that the authors don't have something to say. Ultimately the book has a compelling message at its core, a pseudo-hybrid philosophy made up of Objectivism and Buddhism and...some other stuff. It's funny, but the stuff rings true. And they trust you to get it, instead of spoon-feeding it to you.
All in all a totally unique book. Well done.
One of the main things this book is making fun of is the idea that a book like this has to be either funny or serious, that a philosophy or self-help or whatever book can't be funny and irreverent and at times dumb in the service of making a serious point.
That legitimate point is that any, absolutely any negative can be turned 180 degrees around if your head's in the right place. "Love your worst problem best," the authors suggest, and while you're at it, "refer to pain as 'sensation.'"
"Secrets of the SuperOptimist" is funny, but isn't comedy. It's help.
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After the giggling subsides, the wonder seems to settle in. Maybe this isn't just silly. It is in fact a profoundly simple, but deeply meaningful way of looking at things. Read morePublished on February 15, 2007 by Leonard Maxwell