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This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to - and I've listened to a lot! A fantastic combination of sociology, psychology and history - with a bit of politics and economics thrown in. This is the first time I've listened to a book and found it resonating with me, personally ("but that's ME") in places.
A few bonuses - his concise dissections of the financial crisis and the Brexit / Trump phenomenons are pithy and eminently quotable. Also Jack Hawkins reading - and his novel interview with Storr right at the end - are both fabulous.
Oh, and my score was 7 out of 40. Listen to the book, and you'll know what I mean.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Thought provoking, revealing and enjoyable. We are not who we think we are, we are not even what others think we are - We are what we think others think we are - This and the destruction of the scientific base for the Rogerian philosophy of Total Positive Regard are significant revelations. Well argued, compelling story telling at its best and isn't that what we have relied upon to form our opinions through the ages. Absolutely worth the read.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I've now listened to this several times. I first heard Will Storr being interviewed on Australian radio on Life Matters. Loved the ideas and bought the book. Then the audible. It is so under-stated and clearly argued with an almost detective novel feel to it. Meaning that it's a page turner. Not trivial, Will. I use Will Storr's ideas with clients in my Psychotherapy practice to let them know the truth. The relentless quest for perfection is a chimera and an unachievable goal/dream. More than that, it can create so much unhappiness. Let's get on the self-acceptance path. Which as Mr Storr argues, is not about resignation and accepting 'less than', so much as it is about a compassionate acknowledgment that to be human is to be un-perfect.