The essence of the book is… be a good person. Simple principles that allow you to open up to the world and the people around you.
Sometimes I have a stong tendecy to feel social anxiety. I dread and avoid upcoming confrontations to my detriment, I worry too much about saying the wrong thing, and I over-analyze my social errors long after they occur. These combined behaviors can make me seem stand-offish and awkward to others when the opposite is my intention.
In a lot of ways, I am not at all as deeply awkward as I was when I was a teenager. Yet my internal imagining of myself is often “standing apart”, or contrary to my surroundings. I still internally identify as a loner when in fact externally this no longer is true – I have to talk to a lot of people all the time, and familiarity is beginning to reduce my apprehensions.
Then there is the necessity of divulging myself of my more misanthropic, pessimistic, and nihilistic leanings. In a way, I no longer believe so strongly in those ideas. I’m making a mental U-turn here as I try to thing of things positively, hopefully, and with purpose. I do believe that it is possible for a person to change.
I highly recommend this book. It is truly the original self-help book, and is a powerful, secular work that inspires improvement. You know how I feel about archetypal originals…