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The Courage to be Disliked: The Japanese phenomenon that shows you how to free yourself, change your life and achieve real happiness Kindle Edition
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The ideas proffered here will certainly make you think twice about the real cause of the emotional drama in your
life. A thought-provoking read.
Provides an enlightening and balanced argument that'll leave you much more aware of why you do the things you do. ― Emerald Street
The Courage To Be Disliked can easily be consumed in an entire day, but its insightful, humanistic ideas will linger in the minds of readers. It's a self-help book of the most unusual variety, but by empowering people to realise that they hold all the keys to unlocking genuine happiness, it's also one of the most worthwhile things you'll read all year. ― Culture Trip
This thoughtful book . . . is almost spookily relevant in this age of digital one upmanship and increasing anxiety. A real game-changer. ― Marie Claire
an absorbing recent addition to the self-help subgenre . . . it is primarily an accessible exploration of the work of the Austrian psychotherapist Alfred Adler -- Oliver Burkeman ― Guardian --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Fumitake Koga is an award-winning professional writer and author. He has released numerous bestselling works of business-related and general non-fiction. He encountered Adlerian psychology in his late twenties and was deeply affected by its ideas that defied conventional wisdom. Since then, Koga has made numerous visits to Ichiro Kishimi in Kyoto to better understand the essence of Adlerian psychology. From those visits emerged the dialogues-- reminiscent of classic Greek philosophy--that appear in this book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B06XSGNN61
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (24 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2551 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,593 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have never been a fan of Freudian psychology and it was good to hear a good refutation by Adler.
Whats surprising is that why such a Gem like Adler never made it to the mainstream.
This book is great read. I would definitely recommend ...
This time I persisted all the way to the ahead, only taking 1 day to read, and I've highlighted so many parts too! Learning about the difference between vertical and horizontal relationships and the separation of tasks will be useful in the years to come.
The book is a little frustrating at first, but then it is written as a continual discussion/argument so naturally there are points of frustration, like you would have observing one in real life. But you end up with a satisfying conclusion.
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The book is based on theories of Alfred Adler, who if we go by this book, makes some very fine pointers to life and life-situations- Example- how all problems are interpersonal relationship problems, what is freedom, what is contribution, how to separate our tasks from other people's tasks, etc. and I have no issues with any of them, even if I disagree to some extent.
My problem is with the format of the book- which is that of a dialogue between a youth and a philosopher. I would have liked this book to be in some other form of narrative. The dialogue seems unnatural and contrived. The youth is portrayed as a very angry, egoistic and argumentative person. The philosopher is portrayed as someone who only speaks in Alfred Adler's terms and uses Adler's name to end the discussion or draw a conclusion, none of which seem a healthy way of debating. Things would have been better if Adler wasn't mentioned on every other page.
Also, the authors think there is a need to 'explain' what the youth is feeling after each discussion, so they add a post-script note at the end of a topic (The youth was now angry, or perspiring, or wanted to bring the philosopher to his knees, etc. etc.), which makes the dialogue seem very very forced and one-sided. I consider myself a 'youth' and I did not at all relate to the way this youth was asking questions and neither to the way the philosopher was responding.
So my suggestion - Read other works of Adler, or other authors. The gist of the book is very common to other self-development books:
Know your worth.
Let go other people's expectations of you.
Make a contribution.
Know what is real freedom.
Quit running after fame and recognition.
Remain present in the here and now.
There are other books which are far better than this and explore similar topics. If at all you decide to read this one, you can fast-read-forward to 100 pages, when the dialogue gets to the heart of the matter.
[The paper quality, fonts, layout and binding of the book are excellent. I bought a hardbound copy for Rs.414]
I think it is very relevant to life today and I honestly think it will help so many people. There is a lot of reference to difficulties that we face in everyday life and realistic solutions to think about. It makes me think about things in a different way. Also, the references to other books is helpful too. It opens up more avenues to explore spiritually and I can't wait to re-read it. I am very keen to hear my son's opinion as this is a book he would never have bought.
I will update my review soon but highly recommend