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I'm now officially a Dummy, having had a first taste of For Dummies....
on 26 November 2011
As has possibly everyone else, I've seen these books around for years, but I've never picked one up...until now. Those that have will know that the books are certainly the opposite of rocket science, in of course the very nicest possible way, which became very visible, very quickly.
This is only a taster of the For Dummies series, which the amazon blurb covers in pretty full-on detail, and I liked how clear, non-condescending and concise everything was. In fact, on reading the first bit, Windows 7 For Dummies, with its descriptions of What Is A Mouse, Creating/Deleting/Retrieving Files etc., I may well get this For Dummies book for my 70yo mum, who's just learning to use a PC.
The English is clear, all is step-by-step and it has images and diagrams and very clear explanations. Of course, being a French-speaker, I had to check out the French For Dummies extract, which was helpful as well as amusing. And of course, I also had to check out Sex For Dummies: having been happily married now for 21 years, it was interesting to read some of the Dr Ruth suggestions e.g. Connecting Through Meaningful Conversations, Scheduling Time Together, Scheduling Sex Dates, Stopping Destructive Habits, and for me and hubby personally, Staying Close To Avoid Empty-Nest Syndrome.
I also particularly liked the bits on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies, which I could have done with due to my Empty-Nest Syndrome, as it had gems like Accepting That Life Can Be Unfair, Thinking Flexibly, Understanding That Approval From Others Isn't Necessary, Tolerating Short-Term Discomfort, Meditation, Relaxing Your Body, Enacting Enlightened Self-Interest (i.e. it's ok to put yourself first sometimes, with 1/2/a close handful of people a very close second. A really BIG thing that us mums don't often do...until we become Empty-Nesters).
Whilst I can't imaging absolutely needing to read one of these right-here, right-now, I will certainly check out any titles that become relevant. On top, they are cheap and many titles are in stock at my local library. A great introduction to For Dummies, by the now-converted.