Sunday, June 09, 2019
Book review: HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF MISERABLE
HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF MISERABLE (1966, revised edition 1987) by Dan Greenburg, with Marcia Jacobs.
Each time you blink, a new "self-help" book is published - packed with "Positive Thinking" and pictures of smiling, confident people.
This is not one of those books. It instructs you how to become more neurotic, pessimistic, apathetic, unsuccessful and lonely.
If you grew up reading MAD Magazine, you'll be familiar with this type of humor. The parody of Positive Thinking is spot-on and laugh-out-loud funny. The excellent cartoon illustrations only increase the amount of laughter to be had from this "sick" book.
Actually, HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF MISERABLE works on two "levels": both as a parody, and as a guide to recognizing self-destructive thinking through humor.
Warmly recommended to neurotics everywhere.
FUN TIP: Give this book to people who try to make you read self-help books! ;-)
OBS! Svensk titel: KONSTEN ATT BLI EN FULLÄNDAD DEPPARE (1977)
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