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Life Support: A Survival Guide for the Modern Soul Paperback – 19 Mar 2009
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If you're a little wary of therapy, then Derek Draper's book 'Life Support' may be the next best thing to help you tackle life issues such as addiction, anger and depression...Derek's words can improve self-awareness and, even for counselling novices, it offers fascinating insights. (Clare Nasir Now Magazine)
Based on his highly popular columns in "Psychologies Magazine", this groundbreaking book looks at the causes of unhappiness and describes practical, easy steps to break the cycle of suffering. With classic Northern candour Derek Draper delivers simple insights to enable you to look at your life in a more healthy way. The topics include: how we see ourselves; knowing whether we are lying to ourselves; and the importance of expressing our anger in a healthy way.See all Product description
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It absolutely beggars belief that someone with Dolly Draper's issues and track record could presume to offer other people advice on such matters. There's a huge great beam in his own eye he needs to attend to before attending to the mote in other people's.
It's also unclear what his formal qualifications to offer advice in this area are. His claimed MA "in Berkeley" has been challenged by blogger Paul Staines. Staines has alleged - and Dolly has not disproved - that Draper was actually expelled from the college from which he claims an MA in psychotherapy, and that he did not graduate.
On that basis, Draper would appear to be no more qualified than anyone else to write a book like this. On the basis of his actual behaviour as a blogger and political activist, he's positively disqualified.
I have often pondered the nature of the problem to which Derek Draper is the answer. After reading his book, I'm still stumped.
However, for those amongst you who are less altruistic in nature - who may simply be searching for well reasoned, non-patronising and genuinely helpful advice, written by someone with unquestionable knowledge, experience and integrity - then I would advise you to look elsewhere, as you won't find it here.
Let me repeat it briefly, therefore: I have read several books designed to assist those with mental health problems, particularly depression, and the majority of these offer informed insights and useful advice. This book is not one of them being rather glib, shallow, and vacuous.
The expression "snake oil salesman" comes to mind.
Now go on Derek, start complaining again and see if you can get this one removed. You and your pals really don't like free speech do you?
I looked at the reviews upon this website and suspected immediately they may have been written by politically motivated critics.
It couldn't be that bad.
I took a risk and bought the book.
It WAS that bad.
Wished I had visited the local library and saved myself £9.