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Lots of good ideas and helpful info - mostly quite useful
on 7 September 2001
'How to make anyone like you', is similar to many self help books in that it is exceedingly optimistic. There is apparently no limit to what you can achieve by being a friendly person and accumulating a good 'network' of useful friends to be helped by and to help in turn. It's all very good in theory, and there is definate potential for a life changing read in this book.
However, I think it is unlikely that many people will act quite so emphatically upon the good advice contained within the pages of this book. The reason for this is that a great deal of the ideas put forward, require someone who is a little more outgoing than most, and not so scared of acting differently to others. The reason I see this fault may be simply that the UK doesn't fall into the target audience of the book, which does seem to be mainly aimed at an American reader. There are numerous reasons I think this, America being generally thought of as a less inhibited nation, being just one of them.
There are lots of useful litte tips though, that anyone can use to their advantage. Many seemingly obvious differences between the sexes, are highlighted with the aim of giving both men and women an idea of how to behave differently, in the company of friends of the opposite sex. These kind of tips and many others, give the book a certain level of usefulness whatever kind of person you are.
'How to make anyone like you', is a well written book, that offers enough good advice to make your success in its subject matter, have a good correlation with the amount of effort you put in to making Leil Lowndes' ideas work. Basically, the more you take her ideas on board and incorporate them into your life, the more liked you will end up being.