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  • How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness
  • By: Fumitake Koga, Ichiro Kishimi
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,552 ratings)

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By: Fumitake Koga, Ichiro Kishimi
Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
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Exploring ideas from Western psychology with an Eastern perspective, The Courage to Be Disliked offers a thought-provoking conversation on the pursuit of happiness.

What is the secret to genuine happiness? The Courage to Be Disliked approaches that question in the form of a Socratic dialogue between a philosopher and a lost young man who is facing a 'crisis of meaning'. Presented in short chapters that are easy to digest, the ensuing conversation and its insights are perfectly suited for audiobook listening.

The authors, philosopher Ichiri Kisomo and business/nonfiction writer Fumitake Koga, were inspired by their common interest in the theories of prominent 20th-century psychologist Alfred Adler. Using Adlerian psychology ideas and principles to help the young man in The Courage to Be Disliked, the conversation evolves into a series of lessons in developing self-confidence and achieving self-actualisation that has proven popular worldwide.

Before its English translation in 2017, The Courage to Be Disliked sold more than three million copies in Asia and was made into a television show in Japan. The show depicted an unmarried female detective who lives according to the title’s lessons. The decision to have a female lead was deliberate to appeal to Japanese women aspiring to be more independent.

Benefit from centuries-old wisdom and modern empowerment. Dare to think for yourself and download The Courage to Be Disliked today.

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The Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness.

The Courage to Be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 19th-century psychology alongside Freud and Jung, the authors explain how we are all free to determine our own future - free of the shackles of past experiences, doubts and the expectations of others.

It's a philosophy that's profoundly liberating, allowing us to develop the courage to change and to ignore the limitations that we and those around us can place on ourselves. The result is an audiobook that is both highly accessible and profound in its importance. Millions have already benefited from its wisdom. Now that The Courage to Be Disliked has been published in English, so can you.

Please note: This is a recording of the 2018 print edition.

©2017 Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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definitely worth a listen

I started this book with no prior knowledge of what it was about. I finished it with a new world view.

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The challenge

Not, for me an easy listen and certainly challenging in concept of delivery. Being a conversation format rather than a straight forward narrative. Still, if you are persistent and looking for a different philosophy to view your own life and the world around you. Then this book might be a good start.

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A new way of narration

In the start I didn't know what to make of this book but once you become relaxed with the narration then it's actually quite interesting. I took a lot of out of this book.

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The most eye opening book I’ve ever read

Highly recommend. I feel as though my view of the world has expanded exponentially. I will definitely be reading this book many more times over in my lifetime, as it has the potential to teach new lessons as I experience different parts of life.

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Staple book to have

It took me 48 hours to listen to this book. It is a fantastic piece of work I will definitely go back to on regular basis!

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eye opener

the views in this book were interesting to hear and more interesting to understand. the journey was epic.

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great meanings conveyed in very simple words.

I was expecting a book on work and business relationship ideas when I picked this up. I think it contained much more than I expected. very good read.

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worth your time

Life changing, life enhancing like book. will read again and again. this book is for all of us

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Self affirming

Explains what we inherently know about our self imposed insecurities but could have been better told with two voices. Allows listener to gain insight.

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Challenged my Thinking

It has a simplified message that gave myself the insight to a healthier stream of thought in regards to my individual position in interrelationships. For me it is the right book at the right time.
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As the audio is a conversation between the philosopher & student to convey the information, I found it easier to follow by comparing the delivery, to a parent reading a bedtime story using a different voice of each character.

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