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Brilliant concept but dreadful prose.
on 16 November 2003
Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema has addressed an issue which will resonate with many women in our Western society. There is a great deal of sound advice in the book but I fear that many women will be put off reading this book through its clumsy style. When someone has a passion for a subject they are often so engrossed that they cannot precis their writing objectively and this is what has happened here. An editor should have condensed the book into a third its size. The word, 'overthinking,' is repeated so many times that it becomes tedious and irritating. The style of writing is poor, too wordy and needs tightening up. The vocabulary is limited, for example the use of the word, 'muck,' is uncomfortable. I would recommend women who are attracted to the theme of the book to purchase the book and scan through it to select the explanations of what overthinking is and how it can be remedied. I have highlighted the parts of the book which are excellent and have actually helped me and I shall return to them in the future.