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Bad Advice

How to Survive and Thrive in an Age of Bullshit
Narrated by: Dr. Venus Nicolino
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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Over motivational messages? Sick AF of inspirational quotes? Done with the shiny, happy bad advice that gets you nowhere? Well, heads up: You’re about to get a shitload of good advice.

In Bad Advice, relationship expert Dr. Venus Nicolino - aka Dr. V - takes a blowtorch to the shrink-wrapped “feel good” BS that passes for self-help these days. 

When you’re heartbroken, what do you hear? You can’t love anyone until you love yourself. When someone’s hurt you? Nobody can make you feel bad without your permission. When you’re just a little too positive? Expectations lead to disappointment.

Pop culture noise gives bad advice the varnish of truthiness and inspiration. But it’s not truth; it’s not inspiration. It’s bullshit. And at its root, all bad advice operates off the same lie: Emotions are optional. In Bad Advice, Dr. V delivers a bracing truth serum, in the form of good advice - an antidote to the bullshit, from “Just Be Yourself” to “Live Each Day Like It’s Your Last”, that teaches you to live your life in a way that honors who you are, what you need, and how you feel.

Smart and irreverent, Dr. V fuses the brains and insight of a nerdy PhD with the heart of a doting Italian mother and the artful profanity of a Philly trucker. Dr. V’s signature combination of humor, hard science, and heart make Bad Advice an iconoclastic course correction like no other. A fiercely sharp wake-up call that tackles some of self-help’s most damaging truisms, Bad Advice is a never-shy guide to tapping into your full potential.

©2018 Venus Nicolino (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love this book!! Real life shit! Made my day

Loved every chapter. Real mood booster. The truth in today's society. Dr. V is the best. Made my life more fulfilling forsure 😙

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The BEST self help book ever written

This book should be mandatory reading in every junior high school class in the country. Insightful, funny, and actual science to back it up. It simply makes sense! Thank you!

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Not my cup of tea.

The book is written for people who have a victim mentality. She labels and puts people
in groups. And she makes blanket statements and conclusions about each group

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Just another self-help book

I was hoping for a book on the self-help genre. Turns out that this is just another one, based on the premise that others are wrong, and that common tropes like “be yourself” are stupid - with more swearing.

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Over 50 psychology books in library...this is best

This book opened up all my tightly boxed feelings and said..."yes, they are real." Jaw-dropping.

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A book that may just change your life

Whenever I go through something, I know I can rely on Dr. V. for some solid good advice.

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So many quotables!

I love the authors candor and choice of language. One might initially think this is a tough love guide but the empathic way she encourages you to love yourself and "mutha" yourself is anything but.
I was giggling and agreeing before the first five minutes was up. Then I found myself wanting to rise to her challenge of self care and not in that cheesy affirmation way she touches on. But in a tangible "I can do this" way.
A book I think I also want to buy the hard copy of and highlight the mess out of.
Dr. V is refreshing!