This book can be useful if you're not a white, middle-class Christian heterosexual male born before about 1965 who does not suffer from mental or physical illnesses who has at least a bachelor's degree and want to understand how someone coming from that position of power & privileged might perceive you (be forewarned: especially if they've been reading/listening to this book, they are likely to see you as "emotionally unhealthy"). If you DO fit all or most of the eight characteristics listed above, be careful how you use this book to judge the "health" of those who do not match it. This book is NOT one to facilitate cross-cultural/cross-hierarchy interactions. The reader-is-one-of-"us" and "we" are studying the possibly unhealthy "them" to judge their worthiness does not readily invite the reader/listener to examine how s/he might be exhibiting unhealthy behaviors, and this could make matters much worse with certain personalities who take a superior attitude when they "see" that others are "emotionally unhealthy", pointing out the motes in the eyes of all those around her/him without examination of the mighty oak growing out of their own eye.
I have only been very casually listening to this while doing other tasks, and that is the impression I get from it. Take it for what it's worth. Similar listening, I have a much better opinion of Influencer (available here, narrated by Eric Conger, multiple actual authors). It is consistently much more sensitive to the life experiences of those who are not "Mainstream Americans" (i.e. white, middle-class, heterosexual Christians who have firmly established their life course and are native English speakers with a good education). And if you're NOT a person who holds many of the eight characteristics first listed in this review, that book may be more useful if you have to deal with someone who IS on a regular basis.
We have 3 kids (7, 4, and 1). This is totally the inner monologue going on inside the parental head during the bedtime routine. Mommy and Daddy just enjoyed the 6 minutes of f-bombs after our little darlings finally passed out and stopped the "one more thing" routine. This story was what was going on here an hour ago, only we try to refrain from actual swearing (just not cute when the 4yr old repeats it at Sunday School).
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