Everyone knows that regular exercise and weight training lead to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? And what should we do when we face these challenges? Or as psychotherapist Amy Morin asks, what should we avoid when we encounter adversity? Through her years counseling others and her own experiences navigating personal loss, Morin realized it is often the habits we cannot break that are holding us back from true success and happiness. Indulging in self-pity or agonizing over things beyond our control, obsessing over past events, resenting the achievements of others, or expecting immediate positive results all hold us back.
Now, for the first time, Morin expands upon the 13 Things from her viral post and shares her tried-and-true practices for increasing mental strength. Increasing your mental strength can change your entire attitude. It takes practice and hard work, but with Morin's specific tips, exercises, and troubleshooting advice, it is possible to not only fortify your mental muscle but also drastically improve the quality of your life.
©2015 Amy Morin (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
YET ANOTHER BOOK WITH ONLY 1-PAGE OF INFORMATION WRITTEN BY SOMEONE WHO CAN'T WRITEThis book is based on a successful list-meme (5 foods you should never eat, 10 things you should never say to your boss, 7 ways to get your dreamgirl, etc.) created by the author. So bravo for that. I don't begrudge her for that success. And I don't blame her for striking while the iron is hot and writing what turned out to be a best selling book -- brilliant move. That being said, Morin is NOT a serious writer. Precisely because this is an internet list-meme, the only way Morin was able to expand it into a book was to give each list item a chapter and expand each chapter with badly constructed list-like sentences and a couple of flat, unrelated and uninspiring examples of the chapter topic. Each chapter ends with an "exercise" to develop the skill needed to counter the bad habit that chapter covers. But the exercises are cliche and pathetic and god awful shallow. (Her cliche over self-pity is to "do some volunteer work...like donate dog food to an animal shelter or feed the homeless." That's really the most revealing that she has nothing to say.My hunch is that, since she's a trained therapist--and a very young one at that--this list was extracted from her study material and, because it's true, it struck a chord with the public.But her presentation of it is pure Facebook-post.Solution: This is an excellent OUTLINE for a real writer. She should hand it off to a ghost writer and turn it into a real book.
I don't know. Audible is churning out such crap lately that I'm returning 1 out of every 3 titles for a refund.
She's a like, a valley-girl? And talks in list-intonation? Rasing her voice at the end of her sentences? And her sentencese are all simple and declarative? And, like, she goes on and on? For like, ever?After handing the book over to a ghost writer who will turn it into a real book, she should hire a real voice actor with the skills she clearly lacks.
I would reduce it down to 2 minutes and put it on a talking keychain to lift one's spirits as one goes about the day.
Having a good idea doesn't guarantee a good product. This was an obvious do-it-yourself job. It might do well, but will never be great.
Usually the authors of books like this sound like they have their games together. This author sounds like a mess. Every sentence sounds like a complaint. Somewhere along the way I had to tune it out because it sounded like her whining. There's something off about her tone, and it undermined her content.
This audio book is great for anyone that is looking to lighten up their life as it analyzes personal behavior and guides people to make a positive change. Amy talks about things that I know everyone in my life has challenges with. Being able to face your bad habits and create new experiences to be a strong and growing person is expressed deeply in this book. I recommend this especially to people who are going through difficult times in life as it is very reassuring. Thank you audible and Amy for this wonderful book!
I thought this book was great. Easy read. A lot of common sense reminders on how to change your perspective on issues that we can often dwell on. Of course changing perspective takes practice. I found several of the chapters helpful in just being able to ask myself if there is a different way that I could be thinking about a few situations that I have going on in my life right now that are causing me stress and ate completely beyond my control. Sometimes it is hardest to let go of the things you cannot control.
I'm sorry to be so critical, but the author should have hired a professional narrator. The author's voice comes across as monotone and low energy. It was tough too listen to. The material itself was practical, but nothing extraordinary. And finally, the author should consider changing the title to "13 Things Mentally Strong People Do" and avoid negative phrasing. I was really looking forward to this book but struggled to get through it.
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