This book is far from the psychological rebuttal to the hyper-optomistic personality types that it claims to be. The author takes the reader on a meandering disconnected journey from somewhat universal topics of human nature to mundane personal incidents with absolutely no underlying theme. Sure, the narrative is sometimes witty and clever. But most of the time the story (if there is one) is so buried in such contrived descriptions it becomes totally lost. I stopped listening as he was going on and on about some trade show for adult sex toys.
Whether you have arrived at a turning point in your life due to a traumatic event or are just looking for ways to relieve a gnawing sense of boredom, this book is for you. Dr. Hollis does an eloquent job of explaining where we are on the map of life while not making the reader feel like everything up to this point has been a mistake. His descriptions of the ruts, pitfalls and misconceptions that we sometimes all face encourage the reader to more closely examine his/her past from new perspectives. His examples from case studies are relevant and nicely integrated with the narrative of each psychological theory. He identifies the milestones on the road to our second adulthood in a way that is encouraging while still emphasizing that true change does not come easy.
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