Posts Tagged With: psychology

book review | The 50th Law by 50 cent and Robert Greene

the 50th law 50 cent and robert greene book reviewAuthor: 50 Cent; Robert Greene
Title: The 50th Law
Series: –
Genre: Self-Help; Philosophy
Pages: 291
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Now here’s a book I never thought I’d read. “The 50th Law” by 50 cent, yes, the rapper, and author Robert Greene. And interesting piece on personal development.

About the Book: A biographical book of Curtis Jackson, better known by his scene name – 50 cent, describing his journey to success. From ruthless streets to ruthless music industry, where he had to learn not only to go with the flow, but swim against it too, to stay on top of that pulse of relevancy. And with the help of Robert Greene, he tells exactly how he did it.

My Opinion: I don’t really like 50 cent, not his music, not his public persona, that’s why I’m still confused at how I got this book in the first place. Generally this is an interesting book, one of those motivational ones, but with cold leads and prodding, applying classic philosophy and art of war onto the streets of today. As, in a sense, are all Robert Greene books.

This makes for an interesting biography. A 4 out of 5.

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book review | You will get through this night by Daniel Howell

you will get through this night daniel howell book review dan is so cool likeAuthor: Daniel Howell
Title: You Will Get Through This Night
Series: –
Genre: Nonfiction; Self-Help
Pages: 320
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I used to watch Daniel Howell on YouTube way back when, but then, for some reason, stopped. Still, I kept up with the majors, like his coming out video that I will post below. And now I’ve also read his wonderful book, called “You Will Get Through This Night“.

About the Book: This book is pretty much all you need for your mental health first aid kid. From cheating and playing your own system, to being better to yourself. From self care at its core, so self grounding when that overthinking thought-thought train derails.

My Opinion: This is like the best parts of all the self-help books I’ve ever read. On top of that, author assures he did his consultation and research, but encourages to seek help if it seems like it’s not enough. There’s little exercises you can totally skip if it gets overwhelming, and very relatable examples from Dan’s life.

I recommend this very much. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | F*ck your Feelings by Ryan Munsey

fuck your feelings book reviewAuthor: Ryan Munsey
Title: F*ck Your Feelings
Series: –
Genre: Self Help; Psychology
Pages: 402
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Funny how I was reading “F*ck your Feelings” by Ryan Munsey, all while planning a thing, replying to other things, and then my brain fixated on “multitasking, being present, paying attention“. This either means that the book didn’t hook right, or that I need to reread it, because I clearly need the lesson author tried to teach.

About the Book: The book is meant to teach you the “do or die” attitude. The one that helps you ignore that loud little inner voice that tells you you can’t, you won’t. Then, at the very least, you can try.

My Opinion: It was great at the beginning, interesting, full of strong ideas. But the farther it went, the worse it got. Repetitive, overfilled with either too old or too obscure “research” and examples that get repeated in almost every book like this and also in every YouTube video that gets thrown into recommended if you search “experiment” too often. You end up googling up ideas and watching those said videos on youtube, knowing full well where it all leads.

All in all, it was great in the beginning, but the farther it went, the more often it lost me. A 2 out of 5.

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book review | The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

subtle art of not giving a fckAuthor: Mark Manson
Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
Series: –
Genre: Self Help; Psychology
Pages: 224
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I kept seeing “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson in every post office I visited, so I caved in. I’ve read similar ones in the past, figured it’s worth it. And it was.

About the Book: Not giving a fuck does not mean not giving a fuck about anything. It’s about being selective with your fucks to give. It’s about the shitty baggage we carry around: what if, what will someone else think, I can’t do that, I’m too this or too that. We make excuses because we care about the wrong things and it’s time to settle some scores with yourself.

My Opinion: By far I couldn’t agree with everything author claimed. Book implies that we use almost everything as a crutch, an excuse, including past trauma. Yes, people can get over a lot of shit. That doesn’t mean that everyone can. Philosophies like this tend to forget we’re biological beings too, and it’s not just about the values we were forced into as children. It’s also about the chemicals in our noggins that make us both feel and do things. Or, rather, not do things. The one point that really bothered me was the guilt tripping victims of abuse. Other than that, the book is full of little gems to pick out and make your own base, for some things are pure and simple. Like, my favorite, the motivation. Most of us forget that we get suckered into things, and rarely just wake up motivated to do said things. Appetite comes while eating, as the saying goes.

A rude and not at all subtle book that in itself meant good. A 4 out of 5 for the idea behind it, minus a point for forgetting an important lesson: if we truly all have a choice, then one can also choose not to be an asshole.

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book review | Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop | self-help

unfuck yourself gary john bishop coverAuthor: Gary John Bishop
Title: Unfu*k Yourself
Series: –
Genre: Self Help; Psychology
Pages: 221
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Such a perfect timing. I swear, I needed “Unfu*k Yourself” by Gary John Bishop exactly now. And also, I now know what to give one unruly soul in my life for the Holidays. Or whenever I can afford it. I don’t like December much.

About the Book: Have you ever looked at anyone and wondered why they made it, and you’re such a failure? Is it because you were raised wrong? Or are you a professional procrastinator? Either way, what have you done and stuck to doing to improve it? Author explains us in beautiful, witty language, how we settle for what we can tolerate. Life’s bad? And yet we return from work, plop in front of Netflix, browse social media to 3am, get up angry for having to get up, and walk to work with dread: what if I fail? This is what you can tolerate, because you don’t change a thing. The “I need rest after work” and “it keeps me going” are excuses we tell ourselves. Truth is, we wouldn’t die without it. Because none of us have motivation laying about. Motivation comes with doing, much like appetite comes with eating to some. If you do nothing, you’ll spend your life awaiting for that perfect time, perfect feeling.

My Opinion: Author wittily expresses his displeasure at us for being so mean to ourselves. No, we’re not failures. We just need to kick ourselves off the hamster wheel we ourselves climbed into. And we absolutely can. No, they’re not worth the million they made, but neither are you. But they put in the work, and so can you. You can do it. You just have to do it, dammit, try doing it, give it your best, and if you fail, assess the situation, adjust your strategy, and give it your damned best again. Your life is in your hands, and no stubbed toe should ruin your day.

This is one of the best this type of books I’ve ever read. And if you think you don’t need it, most likely you do really need it. A firm 5 out of 5 from me.

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