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better books than this on depression....
on 30 January 2012
I am surprised at the very many reviews of this book without a single reservation. Here are mine: Though I agree and am familiar with many points the writer tries to make, the way he makes them shows a lack of subtlety in understanding of individual psychologies. The tone the ideas are delivered in can be unhelpful, and too often 'shouts' STOP doing that and DO this. It seems to hang on the idea of sports coaching. But simple isn't always easy, and I think he misses the point for a lot of people. The idea of the 'coach', and especially the very US-centric culture this is aimed at, was deeply alienating to me and I couldn't identify with most of the attitudes or the comparisons that were being made, or even many of the case-studies.
More disappointingly, it takes 8 chapters of 'plugging' himself and the value of his method before he begins to get to the point. When he does, you still don't get a sense that you are getting anywhere fast. The most useful thoughts are in the final chapters. It is written without enough compassion for its intended readership, and a much better book for my money is 'Overcoming Depression' by Paul Gilbert.