Unfu*k Yourself: Get out of your head and into your life Paperback – October 22, 2016
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1539393828
- ISBN-13 : 978-1539393825
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (October 22, 2016)
- Language: : English
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- #7,574 in Personal Transformation Self-Help
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One of my biggest gripes with this text is that Gary seems to contradict himself throughout it and complicates his overall message. He is adamant that this is not another self-help book that focuses on positive thinking; however, it is one of the first concepts he introduces. In sum, he teaches that assertive language affects emotions, feelings, and ultimately decision making and that one should engage in healthy inner dialogue. He also later bashes the quote, "Change your thoughts, change your life," calling it bullsh*t. Where he is attempting to go with this is to say that actions speak louder than words and no matter what you think, unless you take action, your life will not change.
Okay, this is fine but he took a six-word quote and said it was invalid over the course of ~200 pages. The problem is that he views ideas singularly and criticizes them in isolation; however, if you took any one of his chapters singularly, it would contradict his overall philosophy. For instance, positive self-talk is useless without his later instructions on asserting and acting on them. Overall, I think the overt criticism of other ideas throughout the text followed up with very similar approaches hurt the message Gary was trying to send to his readers. You may find yourself confused or frustrated without having a deeper understanding of some of the philosophies on which Gary touches. In the end, Gary pulls it together but it may take a while to see the differences he is attempting to portray--the book could have been more concise and focused.
Another gripe would be that on page 21 he tells you that if you are easily offended not to read his book and to give it away immediately. The very next page he claims, "I have designed this book to be as accessible and useful to as many people as possible." Really, is anyone proof-reading this thing? Look, if you're going to be a self-help coach how can you tell the people who may need to hear your words the most, to shove off? This move was very Nietzsche-esque in that he believed he was a writer for everyone and yet no one at the same time. But Nietzsche was writing critical philosophy and engaging his own ideas--he wasn't writing it for them and that's why he didn't care if anyone read what he wrote. Gary, is writing for the people who he believes need help--that is his profession. So why scare away people who need the help?
TLDR: This book is a bit all over the place but does come together in a way that you will be able to understand by the end. If you are not well versed in philosophy and psychology, give it a go as it won't cost you an arm and a leg or too much of your time. Gary, I think you're doing good work but would encourage you to collaborate with some colleagues on condensing your thesis. I would also advise you to encourage your readers/clients while staying true to your no-bullsh*t approach as these do not have to be mutually exclusive.
this book is brilliant in the way it smacks you in the head and really makes you want to grab a piece of pen and paper and start working.!
of course, everything is easier said than done... I recommend the audiobook so you can maybe do a repeat of the book... since it's short... but I know that you will get dismotivated after reading ... that's why you read it in the first place... so his voice needs to stay clear on your mind.
But a good read, all the methods work, they have worked for millennia... We know what we need... we just need the discipline to apply it. this book makes great points on why and how to develop discipline...
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As a single mother of two young daughters I need to be the best possible to show them how to grow and be successful strong women; therefore needed to practice what I preached. I searched on the internet and 'UNFUCK YOURSELF' court my eye.
Since the book was delivered I havent out it down - it really captured my attention and got me thinking like nothing ever before, during and since reading Gary Bishops book I have been a regular at the local GYM using the gym and pool daily, havent had a drink or even a cigarette, and have been motivated in all areas of my life.
Morning now feel like a breeze; those small tasks before getting the kiddies to school no longer feel like long detestable chores, house work has become enjoyable! Yeah you heard ENJOYABLE! and I am currently rewriting my CV and covering letter to go out there and find myself a ew job to get saving for that holiday, wherever it may be.
I just want to say a massive THANKYOU to Gary Bishop for giving me a massive kick up my self dwelling ass and teaching me how to get out of my glorious thoughts and on to the actual reality I now call life :)
Now off to my first pole dancing lesson!
I love the narrator's strong Scottish accent. The content itself is pretty decent, as it isn't giving out typical BS self-help advice. What was somewhat ironic is the author makes the point that this isn't a typical self-help book, and mocks affirmations.
The book then works around 7 set affirmations, such as 'I accept uncertainty'.
Overall though, I enjoyed this and it was short enough to not become boring like many do. The book offers motivation and makes it clear that just reading books like this will not impact your life. You need to take action.