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.
©2012 Michael Cornwall (P)2014 Michael Cornwall
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"Good information, difficult listen."
The book is well-written and insightful. The audio is distracting. The reading is somewhat monotonous, and is backed (oddly) by a distracting musical loop that is nearly a lullaby, the combination making it difficult to stay focused on the material.
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.
"Boston accent is tough to listen to"
Great content, fantastic. Excellent for learning how to deal with yourself. Great follow on to the Emotional Intelligence book. Though I always like the writer to read his own book, this one was a little tough for me. Had to summon up too much emotional intelligence to get through the Boston pronunciations.
"Distractingly bad recording, good content"
This would have been a meaningfully better audiobook if two major things were fixed. First there is an insanely annoying soundtrack in the background throughout. The actual book reading was weakened because of the poor audio recording itself. Some chapters sound like they were recorded in a closet. I know these things sound petty but I found them both a constant distraction that made it often hard to fully focus on the actual contents.
"Hard to listen to..."
This book had a few good "nuggets" about EI, yet it only focused on self-talk rather than other aspects of EI. The music in the background and his monotone voice made it difficult to keep my attention and listen to.
"Narrator was tough to listen to sometimes"
The content is good, but the narrator was a bit monotone, making it hard to focus at times. Still a helpful book!
"Don't buy this book"
First book I have not like in audible after more than 15 books. Audio is really bad and content is so so. Save your money, but specially your time. Maybe the written book is better.
"Good content terrible narrator"
I recommend that you buy the text version and skip the audio version. I dont understand why some of these authors read their own books when they have bad voices and thick accents. It makes this book so bad I have listened to it 4 times and still didnt get all the content.
"Horrible book - boring author"
This book was the hardest thing I have ever tried to listen to. The author was horrible at narrating, and the stories he keeps telling were boring and painful to listen to.
"Funny, wonderful book!"
The author makes a great case for how to outwit our illogical magical thinking in such feelings as "he made me mad!" when no one 'made' you mad. He tells of his own career path and how he discovered how emotion works, including what he learned from therapists as part of his training, all the way to what he learned from his own patients. The author has some good insights. The ideas in the book will turn your world around, for the better. Loved it. Narration is excellent.
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