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1.0 out of 5 stars Not completely sold..., 29 Sep 2010
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Emma (East London) - See all my reviews
There seems to be a spate of "holier than thou" authors pedalling, at times, insufferable judgements on a generation where mistakes are at last available for them to be made.

There are many valid opinions - especially where she states that children are feeling less and less important. And that there has been a breakdown in society of a moral and ethical nature, however, in order for life (as we know it) to change we all need to breakdown to be rebuilt.

We are in new times. Perhaps I am an optimist and perhaps my faith in the human ability of being "sick of being sick and tired" that one day they will want change the life they lead is a child like fantasy... but i have it...

Her sexist and patronising comments about women being more like men than women these days sadly shows her lack of compassion or even want of understanding. Women have for hundreds of years been on the back foot of society. Not privy to the development of a nation or the right to express freedom of speech. And then, not that long ago, won the right to vote which has subsequently helped other achievements to be made.

The second world war brought a need for women to enter the workforce as men were fighting. This shot women's rights to the forefront of the political agenda.

Women have only been "free" (in some societies) for barely a hundred years. And it is only right that they will want to do all the things that men have been granted the freedom to do. Therefore the homes that women once held are going to fall apart, the state of the nation's health will grow increasingly because the home cooked meal is no longer the preferred option.

But that does not mean that this is a bad thing.

It means that things have to change if we are to continue as human beings. But, that also means an acceptance that we no longer live in a 1950's post-atomic world, which again there seems to be an obsession within the USA..."Whatever happened to the good old days??" actually that probably is the same for the UK too...

Acceptance seems to be lacking in her work. Perhaps I need to persevere and find out more about her thinking.

I will say this, a hundred years ago children were treated far more disgustingly then they are today. Even thirty years ago...we are far from a perfect society that is for sure. But to say that we are heading for disaster is ludicrous. The world is shifting, thoughts are shifting, enlightenment is coming.

Her book leans towards a dominant, controlling, manipulative way of relating to the reader and the whole of society. She's affectionately known in the states as the Psychotherapist with strong view points. It's good to mix things up once and a while i will agree to that. But, her preachy god obsessed vision of the world is scary. People in the US have been whipped up into a frenzy about her for many a decade.

The role of a therapist is to be supportive and to help facilitate change... not to tell one how they should live, that is down to the reader/patient.

Take what you need and definitely, definitely leave the rest.
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