The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi – (Audio) Book Review

Philosophy, Mental Health, , Personal Development




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The Courage to be Disliked

Ichiro Kishimi


Philosophy, Mental Health, , Personal Development

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The Courage to be Disliked

Ichiro Kishimi


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“A healthy feeling of inferiority is not something that comes from comparing oneself to others; it comes from one’s comparison with one’s ideal self.”


The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous bestseller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates how to unlock the power within yourself to be the person you truly want to be. Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of twentieth century psychology, this book follows an illuminating conversation between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher explains to his pupil how each of us is able to determine our own life, free from the shackles of past experiences, doubts, and the expectations of others. It’s a way of thinking that is deeply liberating, allowing us to develop the courage to change, and to ignore the limitations that we and those around us have placed on ourselves. The result is a book that is both highly accessible and profound in its importance. Millions have already read and benefitted from its wisdom. This is a truly special book in the vein of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but for the mind. Those ready to embrace the insights and liberation promised by The Courage to Be Disliked will come to a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and find the inspiration to take the reins of their own life.


I’ve been suffering from a case of impostor syndrome due to a lateral move at work and needed to snap out of it. This book eased my tension and was an all-encompassing philosophical book for self-reflection.

Important reminders of philosophies that hold the key to happiness and my personal takeaways:

There is no yesterday or tomorrow; there’s only right now. If you live life earnestly in the present moment, you need not worry about what tomorrow holds or what yesterday made you feel. There’s no right or wrong way to move through the dance of life, so why should we worry needlessly and fuel anxieties about things that are out of our control? What’s done and what’s to come are not tangible; we have no way to alter what was or what might be. So let it go and focus your mind on what you can do right now in this very moment.

Other people’s views and life don’t concern you. You can’t control what other people think, say, or do, so why sit in fear of how they might perceive you? It would be best if you held your self-worth to a better version of yourself, not others. Do not compete or compare your being with others.

Anyways, I needed this book, and its presented ideas were invaluable at this very moment in my life.

I would recommend this one to anyone who might not be happy with the way life is right now.




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