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In this audiobook, the authors of the widely-acclaimed Wellness Syndrome throw themselves headlong into the techniques of self-optimization, a burgeoning movement that seeks to transcend the limits placed on us as mere humans, whether the feebleness of our bodies or our mental incapacities.

Cederstrom and Spicer, devoted each month of a roller coaster year to a different way of improving themselves: January was Productivity, February their bodies, March their brains. June was for sex and September for money. Perhaps the trickiest was April, a month devoted to relationships, when their feelings for each other came under the microscope, with results that were both hilarious and painful. Carl thought Andre was only "dialing it in", Andre felt Carl was too controlling.

In fact, both proved themselves willing guinea pigs in an extraordinary (and sometimes downright dangerous) range of techniques and technologies, had hitherto undertaken little by way of self-improvement. They had rarely seen the inside of a gym, let alone utilized apps that deliver electric shocks in pursuit of improved concentration. They wore head-bands designed to optimize sleep, and attempted to boost their memory through learning associative techniques (failing to be admitted to MENSA bit learning pi to 1,000 digits), trained for weightlifting competitions, wrote what they (still) hope might become a best-selling Scandinavian detective story, attended motivational seminars and tantra workshops, went on new-age retreats and man-camps, and experimented with sex toys and productivity drugs. Andre even addressed a London subway car whilst (nearly) naked in an attempt to overcome a negative body image.

©2017 Carl Cederström and André Spicer (P)2018 Carl Cederström and André Spicer

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  • Pravin Dahal
  • 25-09-18

Bizzare

Same voice used to record writings by two people, that's just confusing.

Apart of that, it's very difficult to say if it's some sort of Swedish humor or something to do with them being professors or cucks, its very bizarre.

For example, one of them practices living as a libertarian and how he does is by cutting people in line and paying people to take their seat in a bus. You'd think that this has to be making fun of libertarians... which could be funny, if the rest of the book was doing something similar when it comes to other things they tried... but no. One of them tries cross fit really seriously. While another one seriously contemplates whether he should donate all his money to some weird ass charity which claims helping your family is the same as helping any other.