on 13 August 2015
In the video game community, Cooper Lawrence is infamous for a very biased, innacurate, and unchecked portrayal of the video game Mass Effect; regarding a particular sex scene during the story. In reality, very tame and prude images that have nothing shocking or outrageous; but which the Fox News parasites and that self-proclaimed psychologist expert exploited and decried as pornographic, sexist, mysogynist, and degrading. Which the fans, the video game community, Web users, and Electronic Arts quickly denounced as untrue, libelous toward the game makers and its players, and insulting. Asking for a retractation that all the game's attackers had to oblige, since they admitted not having played the game itself. Including Cooper Lawrence. Whose reputation is since tarnished and ridiculed on the Web along with her books. Including this one in which she had the unbelievable nerve of standing, for her cover, in a very sexually provocative position. Quite hypocritical of her after that condemnation of Mass Effect's sex scenes.
Now let's make it clear, I did take the time to read the book. Not by buying it in a shop , but in a library. Without borrowing it as it would have counted into their stats, but I did read it at a table. Taking the time to note what was inside.
And my final results are this.
This book is... Crap. Terrible, a snore, painful, cheap, pretentious, and delusional. And self-promotional. Where we have for an entire chapter the author describing her career progression in a boring and obnoxious prose. As if the whole world cared about her opinions, her life, of how she juggles her busy schedule while trying to find time for a manicure. Before dealing with a chapter on the definition of "overachiever". Taking not a line or a paragraph, but an entire chapter when the Merriam-Webster could have sufficed. Or even the "Free dictionary" website. A two-hundred pages book where the prose perpetuously drags on when instead fifty pages could have sufficed. A very insulting book where at one moment (page 59-60), she becomes sexist over men as she describes Women better in making and keeping their friendships. Which is not what I heard women on television and among my relatives saying as many of them found men interactions more direct and sincere than women'.
But what really bothers me more than anything, and also cements this book's unreliable nature, is the absence of a proper bibliography at the end of each chapter and of the book. For if through her pages, she explains psychological terms like "Positive perfectionism" or " internal/external locus of control", describes historical overachievers like Margaret Sayer, and proclaims stats coming from, for instance, a 2006 study in the US Census Bureau, she never gives in her book a proper and detailed identification of all her sources. Stuff that would encourage readers to consult the documentation she mentions, would allow them to discover more facts in the psychology subject. Would smarten them up or would reassure them that she knows what she is talking about. That she deserves to constantly bother us with her Psycholoy studies and that doctorate. Because to me, this absence of bibliography exposes an intellectual laziness that is not only insulting to her readers, but also for real psychologists out there who publish articles in magazines and specialized volumes. Who work with real patients instead of spending their time on TV or radio. Who identify their sources the same way all PhD student in Psychology do in their studies.
And seriously, seeing Cooper Lawrence use, for her "Mastery Mindset" section on page 180, J K Rowling's name and her success with the Harry potter series is unnerving as Rowling's literature deserves better than to have her name inside this piece of trash. A book so dreadful that if, as Cooper Lawrence writes on page 100, one had invented a Meow-Inizer (machine to translate cat's meows into English), well I wish one could invent a BS-Inizer. To translate the demagogy and pseudo-psychological rubbish in this book into the stink it reeks; so that all the Desperate Housewives would properly understand that what they are reading is nonsense and wake up from this self-help quackery business you can find on daytime television and which scandal talk shows like the defunct "Jenny Jones Show" (whose cancellation that host and crew deserved for their homophobia on Scott Amedure and their responsibility for his murder) and the still-operating "Jerry Springer", "Maury Povich", "Dr.Oz", and "Dr.Phil" shows have/had exploited for their capital. Believe me, to me and others, the quicker you throw this kind of rubbish away from you, the better your mind, soul, and view of the world will evolve and become more connected with reality.
In the end, I believe that if Commander Shepard (Bess as I called her) would ever come upon this filth, she would say:
"I'm Commander Bess Shepard and this is one of the crappiest books in our galaxy."