A Therapeutic Journey

A Therapeutic Journey

Lessons from the School of Life

Summary

AS HEARD ON THE DIARY OF A CEO PODCAST WITH STEVEN BARTLETT

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The School of Life


This is a book about how to optimise your mental health. Written with kindness and sympathy, it is a practical guide to emotional well-being, calm and psychological maturity.

Alain de Botton explores how we can cope with a variety of mental challenges, from the mild to the severe. It considers how and why we can get overly anxious or low; how we can best understand our pasts and how they shape us; and how we can build resilience, so as to live wisely alongside certain difficulties.

At heart this is a book about psychological happiness – about discovering equilibrium and meaning, and finding our way to connection and joy.

‘This book does a wonderful job of making you realise that the thing you’re going through, and the way that you are, isn’t evidence of your inadequacy. It’s actually evidence that you are perfectly human’ Steven Bartlett, author and host of The Diary of a CEO

'One of our most consistently illuminating writers on contemporary culture' John Gray, New Statesman

Reviews

  • A good conversationalist, friend or romantic partner is someone who makes you feel heard and understood. That’s exactly what you’ve achieved with this book . . . This book does a wonderful job of making you realise that the thing you’re going through, and the way that you are, isn’t evidence of your inadequacy. It’s actually evidence that you are perfectly human
    Steven Bartlett, author and host of The Diary of a CEO

About the author

Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton is the bestselling author of fifteen books, including The School of Life: An Emotional Education, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and The Course of Love. He is the founder of The School of Life (theschooloflife.com).
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