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Mentalligence

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This book was a tough read. It was an interactive book which is always nice. It shows us that we have to work hard to unlearn a lot of what we thought is truth. It was very thought provoking.
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I think the more we know about the world, the better prepared we are to deal with whatever is thrown at us. I like reading books from all over the psychology spectrum just for that! It's fun and it gives me an opportunity to look at the world in a way that's different from mine.
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For a book that's supposed to explain why and how we're stuck when it comes to the inner workings of our mind, it's surely a very tangled read. I'm not sure if this is the best way to go about this. But I could see that a lot of work had been put into it. Maybe more bullet points and short chapters might help. Separate the chain of thoughts into narrower parts.

Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
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Overall this was an excellent book.  It wasn’t an easy read because it is filled with thought provoking material some of which is a bit dry or difficult because it deals with unlearning (which is never easy).  However, this book has a lot of bang for your buck and if applied to your life you will definitely see a difference in your overall outlook.  

What I absolutely loved about the book is that while some of the concepts may not seem revolutionary Kristen Lee helps the reader take these concepts to a new level of understanding through the worksheets.  It is extremely easy to have an abstract overall understanding of a concept and see how it applies to your life but then not feel any concrete results in your life as a result.  If you work through the exercises you will get more of the actual concrete application in your life and actually feel more of the results of that concept.

What I was not as fond of was the amount of time spent on debunking religious thought.  I understand addressing the issue of religion and the world lens that causes a person to have, however that section felt unfair to me.

Overall it is a fantastic book and well worth the read.  I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Mentalligence is not an easy read, but it is an important one if you wish to get yourself unstuck from buying into the societal "shoulds" that abound, making us feel that we're not good enough, can't do enough, like the proverbial gerbil running on a wheel to nowhere anywhere CLOSE to happy and fulfilled.

Kristen Lee tells us clearly that we have to work hard to unlearn most of what we have taken as truth since birth. This is a very interactive book. Lee breaks her chapters into eighteen sessions, explaining the purpose of what we are about to do, and then giving worksheet assignments. And lest you think that you are working on yourself only to make yourself happier, Lee reminds us that "What's the point of having personal success if it's not doing any good for anyone else?" "It's kinda not really about you. It's more than that."

Some snippets of things discussed include:
- just as a downward spiral can get out of control, an upward spiral will lead to more good.
- focus on the positive, on strengths not weaknesses
- be open to your feelings and deal with them, don't bury them. If you do, they'll just keep you "stuck" and unable to move on.
- be solution focused rather than problem focused
- abandon the once and done mode of thought. Focus on agility and resilience
- embrace ambiguity
- just because things around you are unstable doesn't mean you are
- focus on the potential for progress
- focus on the ripple effect of making positive changes in your life
- move from groupthink to universal thinking
- move from bias to solidarity; from polarized thinking to common ground thinking.

Yes, you may say you have heard and read alot of this before; but the worksheets force you to assess yourself honestly, and Lee provides practical information to help you move forward.

Certainly, she provides much food for thought.

Many thanks to NetGalley and HCI Books for allowing me to read an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is a tough read but worth investing the time and energy to get through it -- and apply the practices in it to increase your mentalligence.

The book is built-up like sessions with your psychiatrist (even though I've had never such a session I feel like it) with exercises first for un-learning things which are wrong but we learned them in the school, from our surroundings -- and then learn the new way, the new things which can make us better.

As I see, the state-of-the-art thinking is ZEN-like. Being present is mentioned in the books I come across. This is not bad, I think nowadays we need to be present more in our whole life. There are a lot of distractions starting with our intelligent watches.
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I recommend Mentalligence for you who wants to know how to deal with nowadays society. Obviously @TheRealDrKris invite us to be not only better person but also how to stabilize our thinking in this massive era of information. It's a honour to read this.
#Mentalligence #grateful
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An extensive book that tackles a lot of issues.  I found the amount of ground it tried to cover overwhelming, and thought some of the issues were more specific to the American market.  I had to keep checking when the author used her own experiences that she wasn't referring to one of her student case studies.  The author is extremely knowledgeable and I think it is impressive the way she is constantly learning from her students and using their input for her own studies and learning..  However the book itself is trying to include too much, and the exercises were just a little bit too detailed.  It might just be what someone else is looking for though, and the amount of work and expertise that has gone into it is commendable.  Thank You and Good Luck with it
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Lots of good information here for ideas about re-thinking to help quality of life. This book is firmly in the camp of popular self help books and sites many of those authors. I did not care for the format and organization of this one, however.
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I really liked Mentalligence by Kristen Lee. It is well written and shows us how to overcome preconceived notions.
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