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Go Suck a Lemon

Strategies for Improving Your Emotional Intelligence
Narrated by: Michael Cornwall
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Many of your emotional responses, regardless of how much strength you've given them, can be brought down, deconstructed, and reshaped. You will just have to learn how to give your knee-jerk response to emotional stimuli less strength - less of a jerk. To do that you will have to commit to reinventing the way you think and behave. With Go Suck a Lemon, you will approach that task by accepting and then adapting to a no-nonsense style of emotional problem solving. You will learn and use a process of level-headed decision-making. You will try to become more efficient, flexible, and open-minded when addressing your emotional problems.

You will learn that there is always another emotional option. You will learn to make fact-based observations, something most of us are unfamiliar with doing. You will also incorporate in vivo (in life) exposure, i.e., homework, to encourage you to independently act against your learned thoughts and behaviors. In the end, you will become more informed, increasingly more capable, and far more emotionally self-reliant. Instead of being your own worst enemy, you will become your own best friend - your own therapist.

We may be strengthened when we learn to be emotionally self-reliant, to free ourselves from emotional helplessness and our dependence on others for our emotional solutions.

©2012 Michael Cornwall (P)2014 Michael Cornwall

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Good information, difficult listen.

The book is well-written and insightful. The audio is distracting. The reading is somewhat monotonous, and is backed (oddly) by a distracting musical loop that is nearly a lullaby, the combination making it difficult to stay focused on the material.

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Meh

Would you try another book from Michael Cornwall and/or Michael Cornwall?

Probably not.

What could Michael Cornwall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

We could have skipped the obnoxious background music and provided some content editing to the book as well. Parables about childhood are great if they lead somewhere.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I read another review before purchasing this book which suggested that the author's Boston accent was a detraction. I would disagree but would say that his flat affect was a distraction. He reads the book as though he's uncomfortable reading a story for the audience. Perhaps that's why the background music was added. I opted not to finish the book. I realized with about an hour and a half left, that there were no prizes for finishing and if it hadn't been tied together well so far, there was no reason to expect that to change.

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I wish I'd liked it better. The title suggests it's going to be a fun examination of emotional intelligence. Instead it feels like a long winded therapy session for the author. Meh.

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Nothing here

I chose this book because from the reviews I thought it would be about the practical application of emotional intelligence concepts and less about theory than other books on the subject.
Instead this is a book of filler and no substance. You’ll read pointless stories about the authors family, how he considers himself spiritual not religious, how a woman once thought he was using the “C” word when he was actually saying “can’t” with his “Pak the caa and haavaad yaad” accent.

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Good information, irritating background music

The information was useful, based on REBT theory. However, there was background music that was only 2 measures long. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and...

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Terrible book

It is only 2 hours and I could not listen to all of it. There are narcissistic with all of their NDA’s.
Nobody would take information from this book!

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powerful self management approach

important self empowerment method. practical and easy to learn for managing ourselves and correcting our self focused expereince with others

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get rid of background music

the music drove me crazy. not a great choice for an audiobook. I would suggest removing it

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  • May Lou
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  • 12-05-18

Performance took away from great message.

Excellent content. But, author should not have been the narrator. His flat voice and affected Brahmin accent distracted from the message. The music in the background was dreadful. Wish I’d just read it.

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Love this book!

What did you love best about Go Suck a Lemon?

This is one of the best self-development books ever. Cornwall's humor, insight, and obvious understanding of rational emotive behavior therapy, which (despite being no stranger to the mental health profession) I'd never heard of, shine from every page. A major tenet of REBT is that a person’s problems and feelings are a product of internal beliefs about external events and not the external events themselves--let that one sink in; then consider the three major musts--I must do well; others must treat me well; life should be easy--and the problem is clear. Fortunately, Cornwall's book helps clear the path toward more rational beliefs and behaviors, and (hopefully) increased happiness . . .

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  • D. K.
  • Titusville, FL, USA
  • 05-13-17

If You Don't Mind Horrid Background Music...

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If you don't mind horrid background music, terrible narration and poor production quality then this audio book is for you! The content was fairly good, but I would strongly advise against buying the audiobook. Get the hard copy and spare your ears.

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  • 07-28-19

Doesn't take you far

Congratulations for author's personal breakthrough but this is not very far up the EQ ladder

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-19

Good book, annoying 70s pornstar music

This is a great book with a great message, but there is background music throughout the entire book that causes distraction and is outright painful to listen too.

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  • Thomas
  • 10-07-17

Great content, terrible audio!

I found the content very useful, particularly how a lot of points are effectively reinforced throughout the chapters. The recording was shockingly bad and the narration is monotonous, so it isn't the easiest thing to listen too.