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The Courage to be Disliked – Book Discussion

February 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT

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Can we all just decide to be happy, and then just be happy? Join Mike Haber to discuss the ideas in the book ‘The Courage to be Disliked’ by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga.

The book is Ichiro Kishimi’s perspective on the work of Alfred Adler – known as ‘Individual Psychology’.

It’s a conversation between a youth and a philosopher, with the philosopher representing some of the teachings of Alfred Adler.

The afterward of the book suggests ‘The Courage to be Disliked’ is Adler through the filter of the philosopher Kishimi.

From the book it is claimed among other things:

  1. All problems are interpersonal relationship problems
  2. People can change and be happy from this moment on
  3. The problem is not one of ability, but of courage
  4. Separation of Tasks is a point of departure for interpersonal relationships
  5. Desire for recognition makes you unfree
  6. People fabricate anger
  7. Trauma does not exist(!)

The book presents an apparently coherent philosophy where each of these ideas is supported.

We can ask questions like

  1. What exactly is ‘The Courage to be Disliked’?
  2. What can we do with the theory in the book? Can we just apply it and be happy?
  3. How ‘Individual’ is Adlers theory when it raises ‘community’ and ‘being of use to others’ so highly.
  4. Do you live your life using these ideas? What’s working well? What can go wrong?

Let’s get together to see if it can all be so simple. It’s probably best if you’ve read or listened to the book before attending – but experience in psychology and philosophy is not required.

The Courage to be Disliked on Amazon  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Courage-Be-Disliked-yourself-happiness/dp/176063073X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1NGCC7C24HNXR&keywords=the+courage+to+be+disliked


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February 18, 2022
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT
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Mike Haber