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The Unchained Man: The Alpha Male 2.0: Be More Happy, Make More Money, Get Better with Women, Live More Free Paperback – January 16, 2015
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Caleb Jones is the writer of several blogs that I read regularly. After getting familiar with his work and reading his blogs for a while I put his book "The Unchained Man" on my future reading list and I finally bought it to read on a recent trip I went on.
I have always enjoyed Caleb Jones' material, so I knew I would like this book, but I wasn't prepared for just how much. This book is without a doubt one of the best I have ever read. It covers self improvement in almost every aspect of a man's life.
To start off, this is not a small book. At well over 400 pages it is absolutely massive compared to standard self-improvement type books, which normally come in at around half that size or less. In addition to that it is incredibly pithy, with no fluff or filler. There is not a single page you could take out without removing something important. The author could have easily turned this into 4 or 5 individual books of 200 pages each. That is how many different topics are thoroughly explored in this book.
He covers everything from breaking free of society's mental programming and your own "obsolete biological wiring" , to finding your personal mission and passion, creating a freedom-based business, travel, time management, attracting women, and more.
One of the great things about this book is that Jones is not just a philosophizer. He doesn't just wax poetically about these topics; everything is actionable advice, many times with specific steps and actual exercises the reader can take to work through the mental processes. The sections on finding your mission and time management were especially great in this regard, and happened to be my favorite parts of the book.
The overall message of the book is breaking free from unnecessary constraints (external AND internal) to create a life that delivers long term consistent happiness. This can be applied to every guy out there. Who is NOT looking for long term consistent happiness?
A word of warning; this book gets you there by ruthlessly attacking and tearing down all kinds of sacred cows and belief systems. Many of your most closely held ideas will be challenged by this book, and if you are particularly dogmatic and haven't really thought through ALL your belief systems, you might get angry just reading it. From religion, to societal customs, to outdated genetic "caveman" urges, to monogamy and marriage - Nothing is safe from Caleb Jones if it gets in the way of consistent long term happiness.
And why should it be?
From a Technical standpoint the book was very well structured for easy flow. Only a few minor typos, well below average for a self-published book. I'm not a literary type so most of the time I only notice grammar, prose and structure if they stand out in a bad way. Nothing of the sort with this book. Easy to read, extremely tough to put down.
After I read this book I felt like someone took my own head and shook out all the good thoughts and ideas (only more!) and put it on paper. I've read this book and will read it many more times. My Son will read this book when he gets of age, and I will teach him much of what is in this book throughout the years. This book will help you learn how to grab your own life by the balls and be in full control in all areas, while enjoying the journey to the fullest. FWIW I'm happily married for 13 years with the most incredible life I could imagine. Because I designed it that way years ago.
Most people don't design their lives, they're too busy thinking they have to "make a living".
Most people need drama in their lives. Most people think they can't live without problems. Most people wouldn't know what true happiness is in their own lives if it fell off a building and hit them on the head. Most won't heed the advice in this book. But it doesn't matter what Most will do. All that matters is what YOU will do.
I found his arguments on "happiness as the greatest motivator" unsatisfying, but am young and may change my viewpoints on this in the future. His chapters on both finding your mission and time management by themselves I believe are worth the cost of this book. Additionally, I found his advice on women to be helpful as well as he did list practical steps men can take to improve their fashion, etc. One point that Caleb really hammers home is that men must "put in the numbers", i.e. doing online or real-life approaches in order to get good with women. One thing that I do not think is fleshed out well enough in the either the seduction community or the "manosphere" at large is this idea. Few PUAs will list their stats or list how many approaches they have done. One rule of thumb you CAN dig up is that to be "in the game", or have some sort of baseline understanding of the male/female inter-gender dynamics, you must do at least 1,000 day approaches or 1,000 approaches in club/bar setting. That is assuming you experiment with your craft and improve over time. Per some of the numbers Caleb gives, I think it would be a fair assumption to triple that number for online approaches. Having done 500+ (since I started counting/journaling) day game approaches myself, this point rings true for me. I have enjoyed this book, and would buy it again, and recommend others to read it, just for its different viewpoints on how to live a successful life. My only (minor) quibbles with this book are that Caleb uses many acronyms, which can be laborious to jump to and from in reading the book, and the editing could have been a bit better. Finally, I want to thank Caleb for his positive attitude as there is much anger and bitterness towards women in both the seduction community and "manosphere", and at times I find myself guilty of this. I'm still a "beginner" as Caleb defines them via his website/blog and the pain associated with that stage/knowing some men clean up with women while I starve in the desert sexually, can really wear on you as a man, so I appreciate his positive attitude.
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