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How to Be Miserable Audiobook

How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use

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Publisher's Summary

In How to Be Miserable, psychologist Randy Paterson outlines 40 specific behaviors and habits which - if followed - are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. On the other hand, if you do the opposite, you may yet join the ranks of happy people everywhere!

There are stacks upon stacks of self-help books that will promise you love, happiness, and a fabulous life. But how can you pinpoint the exact behaviors that cause you to be miserable in the first place? Sometimes when we're depressed, or just sad or unhappy, our instincts tell us to do the opposite of what we should - such as focusing on the negative, dwelling on what we can't change, isolating ourselves from friends and loved ones, eating junk food, or overindulging in alcohol. Sound familiar?

This tongue-in-cheek guide will help you identify the behaviors that make you unhappy and discover how you - and only you - are holding yourself back from a life of contentment. You'll learn to spot the tried-and-true traps that increase feelings of dissatisfaction, foster a lack of motivation, and detract from our quality of life - as well as ways to avoid them.

So, get ready to live the life you want (or not?). This fun, irreverent guide will light the way.

©2016 Randy J. Patterson (P)2016 Wetware Media

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    Ian B. Florida, USA 10-17-16
    Ian B. Florida, USA 10-17-16 Member Since 2016

    I like to read with my eyes closed.

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    "Great array of mind-hacks"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A depressed or anxious friend? Absolutely. One without neuroses; not so much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The irony / counter-intuitive nature works well, and the book is laced with millions of other great hacks to combat mood disorders.


    What about Stephen Paul Aulridge, Jr.’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Every book he narrates is pretty flawless.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book has a tongue-in-cheek, ironic overtone, so I laughed quite a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    My only moment of outrage at this book came from the author's derogatory standpoint on agoraphobia, and his borderline-slanderous remarks about it. For a self-help book, it seemed to be in poor taste, but that's his prerogative.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    HS 10-13-16
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    "Pure brilliance !!! Highly recommend"

    Helpful, clear and to the point, rapped in humor makes swallowing the insight so much easier.

    A masterpiece , should be recommended reading for ever human being.

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    R. T. Whitney 06-13-17 Member Since 2017

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    "A Delightful Kick In The Rear"

    I listened to this whole thing pretty much as fast as I could, and not just because of the genuinely charming narrator. The author does an excellent job of pointing out the best strategies for losing at life in a cheerful tongue-in-cheek style and with the backing of years of psychological experience and research.

    There were moments when I cringed as some of the methods described hit a little too close to home, but these were also the best moments. After all, if I am the cause of some of my own misery, I am also the solution.

    If, like me, you're someone who has struggled for years with mood disorders, this book won't cure you of any chemical imbalances or childhood traumas. It will, however, help you figure out how not to exacerbate these unavoidable troubles.

    This book definitely gets my recommendation.

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    06-12-17
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    "Helped me a lot with my mood."

    The book is very easy to listen to. It is smart and funny and very much helpful

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    Amazon Customer 06-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting"

    A somewhat unsettling look into a lot of the choices I make. Some parts were uncomfortable to listen to because it's like they were describing how I think / act, which I thought was unique to me. I have just listened through the whole book, and if nothing changes, I can say that this helped me be more aware of some of the harmful choices I make.

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    "If you are interested, buy it"

    It was exactly what I was looking for. The irony alone sells it, and it has a lot of practical advises. I totally recommend it.

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    Amazon Customer 06-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "absolutely great"

    this book is so good.. smart and funny.. it will make you realize how often you beat yourself up and show you how to avoid them.. I highly recommend it

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    Yannick Provencher 06-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "If you are depressed this is 100% for you"

    most of the time our misery is our own fault.
    good tempo easy to understand (i'm french)

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    Paul 03-19-17
    Paul 03-19-17

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    "Novel Hook, Regular Counsel"

    Dr. Peterson's catchy approach is amusing and spot-on. It's far too repetitive, though, and soon devolves into a tedious merry-go-round of the idea that launches each chapter.

    Narrator Stephen Aulridge needs to check the pronunciation of words that he does not recognize. Sedentary and assuage, for instance, are fairly common words, but he seems never to have heard them pronounced before. Then there is the spectacularly mispronounced "ennui", rendered phonetically as en-you-eye. Come on, Steve; you knew you didn't know how to say that word, and yet, you didn't bother to check it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LundieP 06-15-17
    LundieP 06-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice flip side view of life outlooks"

    I enjoyed the book. I wasn't super heavy. My only annoyance was the consistent mispronunciation of "ennui". :)

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  • A User
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    "Un-apologetic and utterly sarcastic"

    An endeavor towards improvement by means of constant contrasting in all 40 strategies. it is deliberately over-simplified to highlight the universal positions we take in life. It has hit home for me and it deserves further attention, It's so short and to the point I will be revisiting it. Dr. Randy J. Patterson uses a no holds barred and direct narration of his understanding, there is much to learn here.

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  • Aaron Forward
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    "Good"

    Nice look at happiness from the other side. Great way to see what to work on next. Will definitely read again.

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  • Francesco De Paoli
    6/1/17
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    "A sarcastic and clever path towards awareness"

    An anti self-help book, or rather a book that cleverly show that rather than showing us how to reach happiness, redirect us towards minimising the ways we actively make our lives harder than they need to be: by sarcastically showing us in detail how to make ourselves miserable. Props to the hilariously serious narrator.

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