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Summary

Hardcore Self Help: F--k Anxiety is for those of us who find the prospect of reading a traditional self-help book to be way too boring. How are you supposed to make positive changes in your life if the book itself feels like a chore? This audiobook is definitely not a chore.

In Hardcore Self Help: F--k Anxiety, I talk to you like a friend. There is lots of swearing and humor but also loads of helpful and actionable information. You learn about anxiety and how to find the weapons within yourself to slay it for good.

The audiobook is performed and recorded by me, so you get every intended inflection!

©2014 Robert Duff (P)2014 Robert Duff

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Don't really rate this.

The narrator / authors delivery was good and the start of this book made me giggle a bit but from there it just got a bit boring. I don't know what I was expecting, I guess a book to drag me out the anxiety I've been feeling.. And to maybe pull me out of it a bit. But it didn't meet my expectations and it let me feeling a bit low. Wouldn't recommend this book. It doesn't even tell you anything you don't already know. Much better books out there. Shame.

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Not for someone over 30 years old

Would you try another book written by Robert Duff or narrated by Robert Duff?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Duff again?

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Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Duff’s performances?

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What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that I used one of my Audible credits to listen to swearing and slang that was too "young minded" for my 54 year old brain. There was a bit of good information here but it wasn't presented in a way that I could relate to.

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Useful but could be more useful

Could do with some more helpful tips for managing anxiety. Great tip about breathing for anxiety though.

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Exactly what I need

Not many - in fact, not enough, trained mental health experts talk to a sufferer the way the sufferer will sit up, pay attention and truly believe that they can make it through this poop they live with. I really appreciate your approach Robert and I am about to listen to your book about Depression.

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Impressive

An extremely useful tool to combat anxiety & stress. I highly recommend this audio book to anyone needing help in this area.

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brilliant

I loved it I've been CBT and he covers everything I learned there and more

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Love his no bullsh*t approach

Great book.....ideal for understanding a little more about anxiety. Very funny book and really enjoyed listening on the way to work!
I would have preferred a few more practical solutions though and as a Brit I find the American- isms a bit.........cringe.

Overall very good for those who dislike the god squad /mumbo jumbo 'the secret' crap!

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Really helpful

Really helpful and has given me a lot to think about and try. Just what I needed to give me a kick up the bum.

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Good but too short.

Enjoyed this but felt it was too broad and could have gone into more detail in places. Liked the tone and general idea of a less touchy feely book on anxiety.

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Can't praise it enough! Down-to-earth life saver!

I've suffered from long term PTSD, Generalised Anxiety and Social Anxiety for years and have only recently had the balls to admit it, get help and try to claw my way out. Duff made me feel so comfortable and at ease whilst he was explaining exactly how my mind and body works; I didn't feel so "alone" in it anymore with his encouragement (not just that wishy washy inspirational quotes crap). It felt like talking to a very understanding, relatable friend (who really knows their stuff too of course); rather than the kind of stuff you usually get with self help books that tends to feel a bit too much like you're listening to a professor who's only studied the concepts, but never actually felt what you're going through. The breathing and relaxation technique at the end has been amazing for me and I have already used it twice to help me get out of panic attack state. It's not oberwhelmingly in-depth (which I liked), but it's definitely a great place to start for anyone struggling to make that first step like I was. I'm also suffering from Depression and depersonalisation, so have already purchased his "Fuck Depression" audiobook too and I'll also be getting anything else he's done that would help fix my bitch of a brain. I never thought it was possible to look forward to "therapy", but I just want to be myself again and this helped me go in a direction I thought had ceased to exist anymore. Thank you so much Duff! (If you read these) You're awesome man! :')

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  • Will
  • 06-01-17

not too shabby

What's with the clicking sound during the meditation? Otherwise the rest of the book is really good!

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  • 12-02-16

It's ok. But not awesome.

I like the author who's also the reader. I think this book is geared towards the younger generation. I bought the book because of the title but I was expecting a little bit more than I got. I think it's a great read if this is the first time you are reading about anxiety.

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  • Tracy H Lumpkin
  • 08-09-16

Horrible

Wish I had not wasted my money! Don't bother with this!!! Not helpful. BLEH.

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  • Rochelle Neighbors
  • 15-09-16

Waste of time

Although the author does a very good job of narrating his book and his ideas and it was entertaining to listen to the subject matter is pointless and I got absolutely nothing from this. I would not recommend this to anyone

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  • Douglas
  • 31-03-15

I Am Not Offended By Offensive Language...

when it is used with effect, but this is gratuitous and stupid. The author tries to make up for the very ordinary approach to anxiety treatment (nothing new here) with "talking like a normal person" ("normal" if you use empty vulgarity every other word) and trying to seem hip and cool and identifiable. (The tone pretty much runs like this: "You don't need some egghead telling you about those fancy neurotransmitters when I can make it seem much more relatable by referring to your brain as a "douche."--Please!) It's not so much anxiety as the reader here that ends up feeling....well,,,

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  • John
  • 27-07-17

Find another book

Little substance and lame jokes and performances. I'm gonna find another book and hopefully get my money back on this one.

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  • Michael
  • 04-02-17

Great Read!

it was funny, unique, and very informative. Unfortunately it was also very short, and Bob Duff isn't the best narrator (He lacks emotion in his voice). Again, not a bad book, in fact one of my favorites, that I have read so far on the subject, however I do wish it were longer

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  • dsliang9
  • 15-08-18

Liked the book until he diminished OCPD

I generally liked his take on self help but I think he may lack some experience in actually dealing with patients.
He started diminishing OCPD by saying that it's just someone who is "finicky" where as OCD is different and is a serious disorder that is a legitimate cause of anxiety.
Coming from someone who has suffered from OCPD for decades, I can tell you the anxiety that arises from someone moving things around in your room, or from being super late to finish a task or email because it's not "right" yet, is very real and debilitating sometimes. To the point where I need to take an Ativan to stop obsessing over my thoughts. OCPD is as real as a disorder as OCD, they are just different from each other. At least he got that right.

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  • S. Mick
  • 14-08-18

Love this audiobook!

This book was so relatable for me. I love how real he speaks; he doesn’t sugar coat, but it also isn’t all doom and gloom. Would totally recommend to anyone struggling with their anxiety or wanting to try to understand what it’s like for a loved one.

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  • Todd Mattei
  • 14-08-18

Intention good—-Writing not helpful for me

I commend the author for his intentions with this book, and I hope it helps many other sufferers of anxiety.

I , unfortunately, found that the ‘hardcore’ aspects to the book alienated me, rather than making me feel comfortable and included. The idea that it’s hardcore is somewhat funny, as if using words like ‘dude’ and ‘balls’ is actually any harsher than what you’d hear from a rough-around-the-edges 5th grader. The problem is that the kinds of casual things the author says strike me as kind of generic-casual , uninteresting. I should have jotted down some examples but I didn’t think to.

I suppose I’ve never struggled too much with the idea that a self-help author isn’t just a ‘regular dude’. As someone who has struggled greatly with anxiety my whole life, id like to think a therapy writer is someone who isn’t ‘regular’ , who doesn’t adapt to using obvious and banal slang like ‘hells to the no” and stuff like that.

Anyways, I could go on and on but I won’t. If he speaks your language and it helps you with your anxiety , awesome ! I believe he authentically wants to help people, and that is commendable. But if you’re like me, then contrived-feeling attempts at inclusivity are more alienating, more in line with just those aspects of life which bring anxiety up.