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on 29 November 2012
What a delight it is to come across a book that not only uses those old fashioned premises of research and science to examine points, but that also does so with no little humour. Dr Briers has, perhaps ironically, written a book to help the self-help generation, and in doing so critically examines the loud and weighty claims provided by the "change your life" scripts and find many of them to be at best questionable, and at worst full of empty promises.

It seems we live in a time where to sell such books by the lorry-load, they first have to tell us what's wrong with ourselves and then inform us how we can fix that. Dr Briers thankfully takes an entirely different tack by telling us, with the very latest research, what's actually wrong with them!

Let the fightback begin!
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on 13 September 2013
This book has one great selling point over so many others: it has a sense of humour! Most science writers don't - in fact, most non-fiction and academic writers don't, and most are extremely bad and turgid writers too (worth trying some academic tomes instead of sleeping pills I always think - maybe doctors can start prescribing the most boring academic books from now on instead of pills?)

Anyway, this book make state the obvious, but as so many people fail to see the obvious and believe blarney and nonsense, that is always worth doing.

This makes a refreshing change from the usual drivel that the gullible millions lap up like the herd of gormless psychobabbly zombies they are. Full marks!!!
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on 27 January 2015
this is a curious one. the premise of the book is great, and it's always good to question everything. however the quality of the challenges is in many chapters frankly weak; low quality references, and the author himself clearly seeing some merit in the issue he is criticising. I haven't been left with anything major that's changed my life.
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on 15 July 2014
Great book, truly great.

It offers a unique perspective on the current state of psychology practice and the way it affects our lives.

It is a security guide for your mind, offering advice about bad psychology and how to recognize it.

Very well written, objective and to the point.
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on 27 October 2015
Crap, in the bin, waste of time reading it. Would not bother with this, its as bad as all the other self help books.
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