- File Size: 614 KB
- Print Length: 105 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938793889
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Asymmetrical Press (July 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XCSPJ5S
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I remember my surprise when he touched on relationships in one of his travel books, «Iceland, India, Interstate» (which I highly recommend, by the way). He wrote about the topic in a way I had never encountered before. It was written with an unconventional touch, just as his lifestyle design writing tends to be. After finishing "Iceland, India, Interstae", I pondered more on the relationship tidbits in it, than on the book's main topic of travel. Thus, I was eager to read «Some thoughts about relationships», letting me take in a whole book on the subject.
Colin’s unconventionalism in the realm of relationships includes interesting episodes. One of many examples is hosting a break-up party with his girlfriend. "We invited all our friends over to celebrate the end of a wonderful relationship that was in the way of our respective next steps». Such experiences give him an open-minded view on various ways people may structure their relationships with others. Many such structures, conventional and otherwise, are proposed in this book. Yet, they never even hint at being judgemental towards any way people may want to live their social lives, however far outside the "norm" they may be.
His advice is pragmatic and actionable in most instances. I found myself jotting down action items in my notebook as I read along, leaving me with plenty of food for thought on how I can interact with others in the future. Colin organized his book by «policies» for relationships, ranging from the very early stages of one, all the way to an eventual post-break-up phase. Again, his advice is consistently actionable while at the same time non-imposing. Except for «Never break implicitly or explicitly agreed-upon relationship rules» and a few others, there are few hard rules here, but many a great suggestion. Those suggestions were food for thought for me. This book has undoubtedly given me way more insight and genuine value than the opportunity cost of it – a $4 Starbucks latte – could ever provide.
"Some Thoughts About Relationships" provides unorthodox advice at times, but Colin's writing conveys these messages in a manner that doesn't sound pretentious. He isn't being unorthodox just for the sake of being unorthodox but to provide another lens to look at the various difficult scenarios a relationship is bound to face.
Less focused on theoretical and lots of emphasis on to-the-point and actionable insights that anyone can apply immediately after reading.
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You get some useful hints for common situations, reflections about some things you may have not done so well. You just get what the title says, no more no less. It is an opportunity to dig deeper in some interesting issues if you want to go further, or to think about how to improve in some way.
I recommend it.
This one, however, points out the fact: all people are different, and lets me decide what's true for myself.