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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I appreciated the whole ironic paradoxical take on the self-help literature, but on the whole it left me a bit disappointed with a feeling in my hands that only the surface of unhappiness was barely scratched. It must be a good read for those who need to be shown for the first time through the magnifying glass the ways we trip and stumble on faulty thinking.
For those who are looking for a deeper approach on solutions for those faulty ways, this book might be too pop. Jan 16, Philipp rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , self-help , psychology. A very short, funny intro into how to be unhappy; as per the author, there are enough books on how to be happy, and nobody can define happiness anyway, unhappiness is much easier.
Great literature is not produced by happiness. In short chapters you read through the mind traps people set themselves, things like glorification of your own past Uncle Rico: 'I could've gone pro' , or 'warning of arrival' what you imagine a goal to be always falls far short of what it's actually going to be like , or A very short, funny intro into how to be unhappy; as per the author, there are enough books on how to be happy, and nobody can define happiness anyway, unhappiness is much easier.
In short chapters you read through the mind traps people set themselves, things like glorification of your own past Uncle Rico: 'I could've gone pro' , or 'warning of arrival' what you imagine a goal to be always falls far short of what it's actually going to be like , or all the way relationships go wrong around various mindgames 'if you would really love me, you would do It's best when you find yourself in these mind-traps, I recognise 16 year old me quite often The German Wikipedia article is much longer, the books are more readily accessible in German - it seems he wrote this book in German first, even though the English translation came out the same year.
Pursuit of unhappiness is not easy. It takes blood and sweat to become an unhappy person. It requires bad assumptions, negativity, and continuous struggle to ruin simple things with undesired complexity. Yet, if you want to learn some proven techniques in this pursuit, this book is for you. It is hard to hold the book till it is finished. Brilliantly puzzling, and puzzlingly humorous.
I was hypnotised by the book. So much fun and irony If you really want to be miserable on life this book is a excellent guide to, with daily examples you will be identify in one or more of them, its funny how the author makes you jokes about our personal way of ruin our lives and how we do not want to do anything to change that, instead we prefer to continue with our daily embittering attitudes.
This is a must read book. Apr 30, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: own , read-in Well, this was fun and quick. It would've been quicker, but I annotated it, so that was fun, too. It talks about some concepts that I love to read about like self-fulfilling prophecies and paradoxes. It's never really deep, since the book is so short, but it provides some thought-provoking impulses, and even if it wouldn't have done that, it's stil funny.
So yeah, I'm glad I read this after deciding that I didn't wanna read anything else this month. I just felt like it and it proved to have been Well, this was fun and quick. I just felt like it and it proved to have been a good hunch. Mar 31, Zaravive rated it it was amazing. I had this book on my shelf since Not once did I pick it up. That was a short read with nothing too new for me. But it was worth reading for having it compiled in one place.
It definitely helped me to understand myself a bit clearer. The situation is hopeless, but not serious. Nice little read that reverses the logic of becoming happy by showing how to become an expert at creating unhappiness. Dec 30, SecondMe80 rated it it was amazing. A classic of practical philosophy, using the paradoxical approach to demonstrate ways for us readers to avoid unhappiness.
A quick lighthearted read, became a little repetitive by the middle of the book. Regardless, some good points on human behaviour and short, so great for reading on a flight. Simply fantastic! Silently chuckled my way all the way through, whilst at the same time realising and absorbing the reverse wisdom of this little gem.
Highly recommended. A rather short book pages , with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, great wit and chosen anecdotes, examines the fascinating spectrum of techniques people use in making themselves miserable. A casual look at world art and culture shows us we're much better at imagining terrible things than joyful ones.
Medicine, culture and A rather short book pages , with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, great wit and chosen anecdotes, examines the fascinating spectrum of techniques people use in making themselves miserable. Medicine, culture and religion all perpetuate the cycle by teaching people more ways of being helpless and unhappy. One of the better examples is the "but I don't want it anymore" syndrome, when even when getting something that was supposed to make us happy, we deny ourselves happiness in the face of getting it.
Related is a theme of being careful not to arrive - like certain European men who persistently charm a woman, but if she yields too soon, he is disappointed. What I take from this book is that happiness is something we don't need to pursue, it's an immediate experience we manage to deny ourselves in many a self-deceitful way. Short and funny.
What else are books for? I kept thinking what it is that frustrates me when talking to Japanese women with a few exceptions.
While I go through my old teenager literature I was reminded by a book I read when I was It was in early Summer, and I was sitting on the blue Hollywood chair of our weekend-house in Chiemsee, when my then-friend I forgot her name told me she has just finished reading "The Pursuit of Unhappiness" by Paul Watzlawick. Despite her conjunctivitis she enjoyed it so I knew it must be entertaining.
A I kept thinking what it is that frustrates me when talking to Japanese women with a few exceptions. Around that time I was much into those mystery books you can get in the train-stations, in other words I didn't care so long as I was well entertained. So I started reading it. I cannot quite remember the details, for I was fascinated at the wit. All I do remember is I found myself just sitting on this Hollywood chair till dusk and by the time the barbecue was ready I was feeling uplifted and motivated through this book.
I knew the book changed me in ways a mystery books couldn't. Now, when I think back, there is probably no such book as this that has so much guided me through good and bad. Somehow I began choosing my friends according to this book. My decision-making was based on it, yes it was my kind of Anthony Robbins and Dale Carnegie It suited me more because of its humor. Interestingly it is anything else but a self-help book. It teaches you the opposite of what you're supposed to do.
I now realized why I am so irritated by my Japanese women pals. It is because I see them practicing exactly the way it's described in this book. And that went against my morals that I had build up through this book over the years.
Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein (The Pursuit of Unhappiness)
Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein