Last night I couldn’t sleep and started re-reading a book that has been very influential in my making as a therapist and a person. The book is called “INTIMACY, CHANGE, AND OTHER THERAPEUTIC MYSTERIES” By David Treadway.
This book cost me $30. No lie. Now that may seem normal to you but to someone who buys her books at the local used book store (or just reads them at the bookstore café) that is a LOT of money to spend on a book. So why did I buy it? Because I bought HIM. As a human being. Because he inspired me and God knows that’s rare. Of all the conferences I have attended over the years, all the wonderfully accomplished PhDs and Doctors and writers and therapists, he is the only one I really remember. Let me repeat that. The only one. Why? What was so special about him? At first I thought I was touched by the fact that he was battling cancer and secretly felt sorry for him, or maybe it was the fact that he says things like “you’re not God” and “Blood is thicker than therapy” or “I wonder if my father is proud of me”.
But last night I figured out why he stood out for me. In a world where “The Secret” has sold millions of copies (no offense to all you “secret” lovers) and where people get their daily advice from Maury Povich and Dr. Phil, I was craving authenticity and genuineness.
It’s the same reason why Kurt Vonnegut’s “A Man Without a Country” did more for me than 6 months of expensive therapy (don’t ask why).
We thirst for authenticity in a world of self-help, prescription-filled, cult-like, zombie-looking coma worth $12 billion and counting. Or maybe I’m the only one who does.
But don’t fret my friends! I, like all of you desire to be famous, rich and popular and I have decided to join the self-help industry by writing a book. I just need some help with the title. Here are some of the contenders:
Give Me Your Hard Earned Money and I’ll Give You Crap
If You Don’t Pee Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later.
Do You Recognize the 10 Early Warning Signs of Stupidity?
See How Easily You Can Make Phony Friends Online.
You Don’t Have to Be Helpful to be a Self-Help Mogul.
Moronic Ways to Waste Time
If You’re Bored, You Can Tweet While Consuming a Large Meal
Who Else Wants Bacon?
The Secret of Bacon.
Here is a Method That is Helping Shady People get Famous
Little Known Ways to Ruin Your Life
Get Rid of Your Rotting Brain Problem Once and For All
27 Secrets to Looking Like Dr. Phil
It’s Time to Break Up With Your Baby Daddy’s Son Mamma
What Everybody Ought to Know About Bi-Winning
Build a Scheme You Can Be Proud Of
How to Say What Everybody Knows in 100 Different Ways