SOCIAL SCIENCES

How To Be Happy: Overcoming Mind Problems

Anaphora Literary. Oct. 2018. 223p. ISBN 9781681144306. pap. $20. PERSONAL GROWTH
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Physician Jos (Journey of a Marriage) aims to educate about the different states of mind that can interfere with general well-being and healthy living. These include nervous tension, dreadful envy, obnoxious greed, gloomy laziness, excessive oddness, and other conditions that fall short of a clinical description. The author presents strategies for managing specific behavior patterns (e.g., stop isolating, use positive self-talk, etc.) and warns that self-medicating through pills or alcohol is not a reliable cure. Jos also intriguingly traces the origins of maladjustment in the lives of serial killer Ted Bundy, the Columbine shooters, and other sociopaths to the unchecked progression of psychological problems.
VERDICT A fascinating look at a host of maladies with the potential to prevent true happiness.
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