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3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a read, some good frameworks for checking that your life's is check, 7 Dec 2012
After the first few chapters I would have plumped for a rating of two, though the 'meat' of the book is more of a four.
As a psychologist I found that the science referenced wasn't done very well but maybe this will appeal to the less well versed in psych academia. After reading Jonathan Haidt and Daniel Kahneman's respective takes on the two cognitive systems of the brain, it felt that Philippa stated the evidence too quickly and then ran away fitting the theory to leas scientific support or ideas.
That said I found the later content quite pleasing, and think this book serves well to offer you a new perspective on yourself, and nicely introduces CBT and some of the more agreeable elements of psychotherapy. The therapy case studies used are always insightful and intriguing and Philippa shares some personal anecdotes which endear her and add to her credibility.
The rating I've given maybe reflects the fact that I was hoping to be blown away by the school of life series of books. Nevertheless, give this a read if you're interested in the principles of psychological therapy or want something a bit meatier than the usual self-help drivel.