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Summary

The sequel to the mega-selling international phenomenon The Courage to Be Disliked.

This audiobook is a compass.

Navigate and discover

along your path

the courage to be happy.

The Courage to Be Happy presents profound insights into living life courageously and finding happiness along the way. It has already sold more than a million copies in Japan and is a sequel to The Courage to Be Disliked, which has changed lives across the globe as an international best-selling sensation.

As in The Courage to Be Disliked, we follow a Socratic dialogue between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher believes that the key to a life of happiness and fulfilment is offered to us by the theories of Alfred Adler, a forgotten giant of 19th-century psychology who has long been overshadowed by his two contemporaries, Freud and Jung. The young man is full of doubt that life can be genuinely improved by simply changing his thinking. Patiently, the philosopher explains the essence of Adler's 'psychology of courage', taking the young man through the mental steps necessary to achieve it, and demonstrating to the young man and to us the changes this psychology will bring to the way we live our lives.

This is a work that is truly life-changing in its power and universally applicable in its scope.

©2019 Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Another superfluous sequel.

Don't get me wrong, the message in this book is okay in some parts. But it adds very little to the first book, in fact, I think it takes away from the pleasure that was "The Courage To Be Disliked". Overall the messages are just echoes from the first version, with the student or professor "recapping" just in case the audience forgot - which again was just repeating content.

The main premise of the book is a teacher ("educator") as the student speaking to an Adlerian psychologist. The problem is that most of the ideas only apply in the setting of a teacher/student (or parent/child) relationship and fails to address topics the reader can relate to.

Overall, this book attempts to build upon the success of the first, but has failed to do so.

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Fascinating concepts discussed, but . .

Having read The Courage To Be Disliked, I was thoroughly looking forward to reading this sequel. Although I didn't know where it would go as the first book had been such a comprehensive discussion on Adlerian themes. The content of this book is again very interesting and works further to elucidate the more controversial of Adlers ideas such a not praising or rebuking actions amongst others. For this it was an excellent book and very thought provoking.

However, one enormous downside, was the narration. They seemingly had more money for production this time round and well, "jumped the shark". The narrator for the philosopher was excellent, the lady introducing the chapters was unnecessary but unremarkable and therefore tolerable. Yet, the voice actor for the young man/apprentice was just intolerable and ridiculous. I found his poor voice acting was seriously detracting from my enjoyment of the book. To the point I had to stop for several weeks half way through and go back to it as he was so grating. The young mans character issues some ridiculous ridicules and absurd abuse towards the philosopher, which I found trite and all the more incongruous due to the theatrical style if the younger voice actor.
All in, if you don't mind pantomime quality voice acting I would say forge on with the audiobook. If you are sensitive to the quality of the narration and find excessive AmDram style theatrics irritating. I would still definitely recommend this book, however in print / ebook version.

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Not what I expected

I purchased the book on kindle but didn't get around to reading it so I decided to go the audio book route. I didnt expect it would play out the way it did. Well read with clear points that kept me wanting to listen and find out more. Educational, relatable and easy to understand. I really enjoyed the mix of story, guidance and then highlighting the key point. A lovely surprise. Would definetly recommend if you are looking to work on personal developments and habits. A Great book

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Can't stand the young voice

I loved The courage to be disliked, I guess it's personal choice but stood an hour of this and had to switch it off. I just can't stand the angry student voice, I don't know what the point of it is, sorry but it is annoying and detracts from the brilliance of the book

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Great content - punishingly bad reader.

Long story short - great book that you should read that will help you in your life that is well read by the older gentleman.

Sadly, the young reader (the book is written as a dialogue) in this book is just awful and really butchers the reading in a way I didn't think possible.

It makes it incredibly hard to listen to and frankly I'd recommend picking up the book on physical form as I did.

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A bit disappointed

After enjoying the courage to be disliked and loving the content I decided to purchase this. unfortunately the youth has this annoying, whiney American accent that is barely tolerable. I will persevere because the content is fantastic.

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Interesting messages, ruined by student.

The narration is poor, and diminishes a potential excellent book to very underwhelming. The student narration spoils the book.

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Great follow up.

The student narrator is terrible. Terrible casting. Book deserves better.
Particularly good for teachers and parents.

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Beautiful Book

it brilliantly expands upon "the courage to be disliked", putting it the thoughts into practice as the boy comes back 3yrs later to argue the flaws he believes to have found in Adlerian psychology, honestly beautifully written on par to its predicesor

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Good message but irritating

What a shame. The ‘youth’ is so obnoxious as to be distracting from the message. The philosopher should have just punched him in the face. And then, when the youth had picked his teeth up, punched him in the face again.