The pace of modern life is accelerating. To keep up, we must keep on moving and adapting – constantly striving for greater happiness and success. Or so we are told. But the demands of life in the fast lane come at a price: stress, fatigue and depression are at an all-time high while our social interactions have become increasingly self-serving and opportunistic.
How can we resist today’s obsession with introspection and self-improvement? In this witty and bestselling book, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmannargues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and ‘stand firm’. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner-self but in coming to terms withyourself in order to co-exist peacefully with others. By encouraging us to stand firm andget a foothold in life, this insightful anti-self-help guide offers a sobering and realisticalternative to life-coaching, positive thinking and the need always to say ‘yes!’