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Hard to take seriously.,
This review is from: The Cult of Perfection: Making Peace with Your Inner Overachiever (Hardcover)
I will admit that I was loathe to buy this book for my partner as the cover really did say bad things to me.
I know, how very daft to judge a book by it's cover, but seriously it is very hard not to when the picture just seems so out of place with the content itself.
So before I gave it to my girlfriend, I did the old skim read and was surprised it got me so angry. It is filled with that sort of pseudo-advice that we all stereotypically think the Americans love. You know, stuff that is just so obvious that it really doesn't need to be said.
Also, a lot of the messages in the book are really very disturbing. I am pretty sure at one point Lawrence is telling us not to do anything we think we may not be very good at and stick to what we know we can "achieve."
So, is that right? We should not attempt anything new or out of the ordinary in case we fail at it and judge ourselves too harshly? What sort of world would we live in if our historical pioneers had had that sort of attitude?
I surprised myself when I gave the book to my partner, I really thought I should have binned it. It does have a happy ending, she hated it too and we took it up to our local Shelter charity shop.
I really cannot recommend this book, and my girlfriend backs me on this. There are many self-help books out there, and almost all of them carry better messages than this one.
DO try new things, if you struggle, TRY again. If you hate it, try something ELSE. That's what makes life fun ...
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2008 00:05:21 GMT
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Posted on 1 Mar 2008 19:00:37 GMT
This review is accurate, I too have read this book and I really would NOT reccomend buying it.
Posted on 28 Aug 2008 06:46:13 BDT
I think he may have gave the book to is partner in order for her to share the lulzy crappiness of it. Though I do question them giving it to a charity shop as this monstrosity could end up getting bought by some unsuspecting struggling old granny who's grasp on reality and lust for life may be affected by the "give up trying" message.
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