How to Be Miserable in Your Twenties
40 Strategies to Fail at Adulting
by Randy J. Paterson
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Pub Date 30 Apr 2020 | Archive Date 18 Feb 2020
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
Following in the footsteps of his snarky self-help hit, How to Be Miserable, psychologist Randy J. Paterson
uses his trademark wit and irony to help you tackle the most common roadblocks that stand in the way of
Are you living in your parent's basement? Can you measure your life by the hours you spend video streaming or gaming?
Do you have absolutely no idea who you really are or what matters to you? Are you emotionally stunted and incapable of
mature relationships? Great! Keep it up. If you just can't get enough of being miserable, you're on the right path.
In How to Be Miserable in Your Twenties, you won't find platitudes or promises of love, happiness, and a fabulous life.
What you will find are 40 strategies to help you cultivate a life of abject misery. On the other hand, if you want to take
control of your destiny, find meaning and a sense of purpose, or just be a damn grownup, feel free to do the opposite of
what this book says. You may yet join the ranks of happy people everywhere!
So, keep getting caught in the same self-defeating traps that have led you to an unfulfilling existence-or not! Either way,
this book will help you take a good long look at yourself and your life, and come up with a solid action plan for your
worst (or best) future.
“When you find yourself underlining so many passages that the whole book is basically one long underline…it’s time to recommend that book. Highly. And be grateful it exists.”
—Lenore Skenazy, president of Let Grow, and founder of Free-Range Kids
“Pathological social withdrawal (called ‘hikikomori’ in Japan) is now increasingly considered a global mental health and socioeconomic concern. Withdrawal behaviors tend to be regarded as negative and maladaptive. Is this perception always correct? Randy Paterson’s book challenges such preconceptions and prejudices regarding hikikomori-related behaviors while also suggesting multidirectional solutions to this phenomenon.”
—Takahiro A. Kato, MD, PhD, associate professor in the department of neuropsychiatry, and chair of the hikikomori research clinic at Kyushu University Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan
“Randy Paterson has done it again! In his latest book, How to Be Miserable in Your Twenties, Paterson provides insight into how young adults can avoid common traps that can contribute to unhappiness. It includes a range of well-tested, commonsense strategies that are especially relevant for those transitioning into adulthood and independence. This engaging and humorous book is a must-read for young adults (even those who are not in their twenties) who want to prevent the thoughts, behaviors, and habits that can lead to feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious. I highly recommend it!”
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor in the department of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, Canada; and coauthor of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook and The Anti-Anxiety Workbook The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook and The Anti-Anxiety Workbook