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Return to Book Page. How to Be an Adult: Using the metaphor of the heroic journeydeparture, struggle and returnthe author shows readers the way to psychological and spiritual health. Paperback , pages. A Handbook for Psychological and Spiritual Integration. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about How to Be an Adult , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 30, Bill rated it it was amazing Shelves: What impressed me most about this book is that Richo doesn't offer any kind of objective evidence to back up his statements; he just comes right out and says what he believes to be true about being a mature adult.
He often makes bold statements in a very compelling and sometimes provocative way. I certainly didn't agree with all of it, but his confident and intelligent voice was compelling enough to make me want to stay with it. This is a literary self-help book. There are no quick fixes, and What impressed me most about this book is that Richo doesn't offer any kind of objective evidence to back up his statements; he just comes right out and says what he believes to be true about being a mature adult.
There are no quick fixes, and thankfully, it is devoid of the cutesy kind of humor, anecdotes, and exclamation points that plague many otherwise valuable books on how to be a better person. I am curious to read some of Richo's other books; a quick glance at his other titles suggest that he goes into much more detail than he does here on any one topic. I was tempted to begin underlining many passages in 'How to Be An Adult', but I stopped myself because I realized that I'd be underlining over half of the book.
I do plan to reread it again soon, and read his other books. Nov 25, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing.
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I didn't always like this book as I was reading it -- it was dry at times, and irritatingly "soothe your inner child" at others. That said, this book changed my life. I'm not sure I've ever seen so many fundamental truths spelled out in such accessible, straight-forward language. Many people seem to swing between the extremes of needing too much and needing too little from other people; Richo seems to understand how to be an independent, self-actualized person while still receiving an appropriat I didn't always like this book as I was reading it -- it was dry at times, and irritatingly "soothe your inner child" at others.
Many people seem to swing between the extremes of needing too much and needing too little from other people; Richo seems to understand how to be an independent, self-actualized person while still receiving an appropriate level of support and care from others. Nov 27, Julie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is the best, most concise book on psychological transformation. If you read this and get it and can embody it, you will jump up the learning curve of life.
For the rest of us, it's a great companion to any personal growth work. Jul 16, Richard rated it really liked it. Very good - however, I can say this for sure: Richo only gets better!!! That is exciting for all of you who have started with this book. Keep reading - Richo is quickly becoming one of the primary motivators in my life.
How to Be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration
Mar 16, Leanne rated it liked it Shelves: I like David Richo's teachings. That said, this particular book is like stumbling onto his notes for a class--very straight forward without stories, etc. In some ways I appreciated that, and in other ways, it was too dry for me to feel inspired. Mar 12, Sahar Pirmoradian rated it really liked it. The previous psychological book that I had read, "Staying OK", pointed me to be an adult. But I was not sure what it really means to be an adult and how I can be one. I searched and found this book. It is a great book that gives you indeed a concise definition of being an adult.
It is concise because it offers you a list of points without going deep into each point or without giving examples to make the point clear. It is not a self-help book because it borrows a lot of jungian ideas without pre The previous psychological book that I had read, "Staying OK", pointed me to be an adult. It is not a self-help book because it borrows a lot of jungian ideas without preparing you ahead. I would suggest this book to a person who is familiar with psychoanalysis concepts and looks for a concise definition of being an adult, or "individuation" in Jung's words.
Oct 26, Julien Law rated it it was ok. This book is a compilation of cliff notes highlighting basic Eastern philosophies.
How to be an adult : a handbook on psychological and spiritual integration
Yes, it will tell you what to do and how to be, steering you in a general direction, but it never delves any farther than that to give detailed instructions about how to do any of it. So overall, it is a summary of concepts invented by others and transcribed into laymen's terms for the lazy American. May 26, Aimee Barnes Pestano rated it really liked it. An accessible synopsis of the hero's journey and integration of the self.
Richo combines wisdom from Buddhism and Catholicism as well as his decades of experience working as a psychotherapist and retreat leader to instruct on evolving from a neurotic ego to a healthy one. This book is a useful guide for people in recovery from substance use disorders, eating disorders or codependency, as well as mental health professionals and coaches working with clients who have chosen to embark on the hero's An accessible synopsis of the hero's journey and integration of the self.
This book is a useful guide for people in recovery from substance use disorders, eating disorders or codependency, as well as mental health professionals and coaches working with clients who have chosen to embark on the hero's quest.
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Aug 19, Claudia Loureiro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even though I am well into my adult years, this book has been an absolute eye-opener to me in so many ways. It is written in a very concise manner, as the author states at the outset, and is extremely straightforward in approach. This book is about growth and it is filled with love, kindness and gentleness! I've invited a couple of friends to read it with me. Being a Psychological Adult I really got a lot out of this book. The authors take a number of psychological issues that arise during childhood and shoe how those issues should be handled as a well-adjusted adult.
Along with the Information are ways to work on what is holding you back so that you can heal your past. Oct 05, Jen rated it it was amazing. I recommend everyone read this. It contains more wisdom and truth than one could get out of many years of therapy. His integration of accountability, spirituality, and responsibility set this book apart from others. He is direct, concise, and clear. I stumbled onto this book during a recent silent retreat.
How to Be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration by David Richo
I liked it enough that I bought a second book of his. The first part of this book has made me know that I still keep using pacifier. It's a pretty short and compact book, but very dense.
I'll need to read it again when the slaps I've got from it's first reading sediment in some way. I will definitely reference back to this book in the future. Very insightful and gives me a lot to think about. Jan 04, Colin rated it it was amazing. I read this carefully over a few years even though it's a thin book. I wanted to mull over his writing. It served me well. Mar 25, Terri Strange rated it really liked it. Dec 04, Sharon rated it really liked it.
Deceptively short book; took a year to read, will probably refer to it throughout the rest of my life. Dec 12, Jul 12, Colleen Wainwright rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the best books I've read on living mindfully in the real world, both from the "why" and the practical, how-to perspectives.
Great lists and examples throughout, very clearly and clearly, thoughtfully written. However, for something geared toward a modern, non-academic audience, it's incredibly nutrient-dense. I had to move through it slowly, but still steadily: The great news is that while it was not an easy-breezy read, it was a richly satisfying one. I can see why this is a book that therapists recommend I'm reading the copy of a friend whose therapist does just that , as it does such a great job of integrating modern theory with spiritual practices.
Apr 21, Corrie Campbell rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a sound book which emphasizes ideas and techniques that helps oneself do the personal work needed to enrich our lives by breaking old patterns and seeing what's going on in our blind spots. It is a book to help with your shadow-work. The book is broken down into a few parts besides the Intro, Summary and a Reflected Reading section: Personal Work, Relationship Issues, and Integration.
It was recommended reading for me and I ended up buying my own copy.. How to Be an Adult: How to Be an Adult - Richo, David. How to Be an Adult in Relationships: How to Be an Adult This is one of the most straightforward, down-to-earth, yet complex and deep books about healthy adult behavior that I have read.
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