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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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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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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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Distractingly bad recording, good content

This would have been a meaningfully better audiobook if two major things were fixed. First there is an insanely annoying soundtrack in the background throughout. The actual book reading was weakened because of the poor audio recording itself. Some chapters sound like they were recorded in a closet. I know these things sound petty but I found them both a constant distraction that made it often hard to fully focus on the actual contents.

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Hard to listen to...

This book had a few good "nuggets" about EI, yet it only focused on self-talk rather than other aspects of EI. The music in the background and his monotone voice made it difficult to keep my attention and listen to.

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Narrator was tough to listen to sometimes

The content is good, but the narrator was a bit monotone, making it hard to focus at times. Still a helpful book!

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Don't buy this book

First book I have not like in audible after more than 15 books. Audio is really bad and content is so so. Save your money, but specially your time. Maybe the written book is better.

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Good content terrible narrator

I recommend that you buy the text version and skip the audio version. I dont understand why some of these authors read their own books when they have bad voices and thick accents. It makes this book so bad I have listened to it 4 times and still didnt get all the content.

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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.