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The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous best seller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates how to unlock the power within yourself to be the person you truly want to be.

Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 20th-century psychology, The Courage to Be Disliked follows an illuminating conversation between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher explains to his pupil how each of us is able to determine our own life, free from the shackles of past experiences, doubts, and the expectations of others. It's a way of thinking that is deeply liberating, allowing us to develop the courage to change and to ignore the limitations that we and other people have placed on us. The result is a book that is both highly accessible and profound in its importance. Millions have already read and benefited from its wisdom. This truly life-changing audiobook will help you declutter your mind of harmful thoughts and attitudes, helping you to make a lasting change, achieve real happiness, and find success.

©2018 Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Fabulous. A must read!

Listened in almost one sitting. It is life changing. Complex concepts simply explained. Loved it.

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drawing a definitive line between you and the rest

this great book will definitely help the listener/reader achieve own goals. it draws a very clear line between yourself and everyone else. this will help you and whoever around you to live in peace and harmony. eventually everyone around you will benefit from it. I can recommend it enough for anyone who wants to unravel the questions about life and who we are.

one thing about the audio is, after a while, I started to predict the dialouge and to be honest, I got a little irritated by the narrator's voice. just my two cents.

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Life Changing

I read a lot and listen to a lot of audiobooks, from classic literature to contemporary biographies, philosophy, psychology and the latest in non-fiction. Seldom do I find a book that surprises me. This one did. Though very familiar with the thoughts of Freud and Jung, I had never heard of their colleague Alfred Adler until I came across this book, interestingly enough through the recommendation of a guy I don’t like. The thoughts of Dr. Adler opened new possibilities and pointed to solutions of problems I have been grappling with for years. His original way of thinking and his method truly can change ones’ life. Even though the questioning young man in the audio version irritated me at times (maybe it was supposed to) the content is so good that I could not turn away. If you are interested in personal growth and how to better navigate the journey of life, allow yourself to get immersed in Adlerian thought through the voice of the philosopher. Chances are, it will change your life as it did mine.

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Narrating is a killer

I'm sure the overall lesson of the book is good but the narrator's voice is quite irritating. I just couldn't stay interested. I stopped at the second chapter.

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Good Ideas Delivered Inefficiently

I loved many of Adler's ideas but the Platonic dialogue device is a huge time-waster.

Also, the kid often struck me as an irritating brat. For instance, he kept shouting, "That's so hypocritical!" like it's the worst sin in the world but what he really seemed to mean was "contradictory." Maybe it was a translation problem.

Also, at times the old man's affection for the young boy he just met seemed a little creepy/pervy. Perhaps that's partly a performance problem and/or a cultural difference between Japan and America.

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Good book!

Very deep and philosophical, perhaps a little more so than I had expected. But for those who are determined, who are searching, there is great insight within its pages.This format was probably much better, between a man and a youth, than had they gone the traditional route. It made it easier to stick with, and follow the story.

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Amazing!!

This book helped give language and a system to becoming more comfortable in your own skin. The idea that all of life is divided into tasks was very help to imagine. No need to try and complete any task that is not your own. This book talks about how “trauma” doesn’t exist. Don’t let that deter you. The lessons learned from that idea are helpful, but I don’t think I’ll be walking around telling myself or others “your trauma isn’t real” any time soon. It just helps to give power to the here and now. Overall great book! I will probably listen to it again just to make sure I remember everything.

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Returned

I pride myself on being able to extract the cost of purchase via ideas, if not more from every book. There are some ideas worth exploring, however, so much of the narrative is confusing. The philosopher would say one thing then double back and refute his commentary. Honestly, it felt like another one of those propaganda books that inspires one to question themselves. I wanted to like it, but there are many reasons not to. Lastly, the editor or author needs to revise the layout it's all over the place. Hope you get something out of it, but I'm not their customer.

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In adlerian psychology...

This quote from page 56 resumes the book perfectly: "In adlerian psychology, we eat our own shit because it's revolutionary."

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Truth and Happiness<br />

The truths we come to believe can be toxic. Dialogue between the two men was so enlightening. I enjoyed that a friendship formed as well. We have much to learn from each other.