- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938793889
- ISBN-13: 978-1938793882
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some Thoughts About Relationships Paperback – July 12, 2015
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About the Author
Colin Wright is an author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler. He moves to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers, and is the co-founder of Asymmetrical Press. Colin has been featured through his work and interviews on hundreds of TV stations, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and podcasts, worldwide.
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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.
Colin obviously doesn't fit into or want the traditional intimate relationship with kids. Rather he advocates many intimate relationships versus "The One". This thinking does go along the lines of new trends in Europe and Russia where people are having less children, however, this plays havoc with the social welfare system. Not having enough workers to keep governments in cash is a problem.
Here in the States, 67% of all births are to single mothers. We haven't caught on as yet to "Intentional Relationships".
What I like about Colin Wrights books is that they are disarmingly honest.
"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.
Loved it. I highly recommend to anyone who knows that things could be better in the healthy relationship department and is able to keep an open mind to new ideas and perspectives on relationships.
Thank you for writing this book Colin.
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Not bad, not a must-read.