Many of your emotional responses, regardless of how much strength you've given them, can be brought down, deconstructed, and reshaped. You will just have to learn how to give your knee-jerk response to emotional stimuli less strength - less of a jerk. To do that you will have to commit to reinventing the way you think and behave. With Go Suck a Lemon, you will approach that task by accepting and then adapting to a no-nonsense style of emotional problem solving. You will learn and use a process of level-headed decision-making. You will try to become more efficient, flexible, and open-minded when addressing your emotional problems.
You will learn that there is always another emotional option. You will learn to make fact-based observations, something most of us are unfamiliar with doing. You will also incorporate in vivo (in life) exposure, i.e., homework, to encourage you to independently act against your learned thoughts and behaviors. In the end, you will become more informed, increasingly more capable, and far more emotionally self-reliant. Instead of being your own worst enemy, you will become your own best friend - your own therapist.
We may be strengthened when we learn to be emotionally self-reliant, to free ourselves from emotional helplessness and our dependence on others for our emotional solutions.
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We could have skipped the obnoxious background music and provided some content editing to the book as well. Parables about childhood are great if they lead somewhere.
I read another review before purchasing this book which suggested that the author's Boston accent was a detraction. I would disagree but would say that his flat affect was a distraction. He reads the book as though he's uncomfortable reading a story for the audience. Perhaps that's why the background music was added. I opted not to finish the book. I realized with about an hour and a half left, that there were no prizes for finishing and if it hadn't been tied together well so far, there was no reason to expect that to change.
I wish I'd liked it better. The title suggests it's going to be a fun examination of emotional intelligence. Instead it feels like a long winded therapy session for the author. Meh.
- Courtney Todaro
Boston accent is tough to listen to
- Jerry I