Top critical review
May 28, 2016
I read this book to the end, though there were many times that I wondered why I kept going... kept hoping for more, I think.
There is certainly some meaningful content - much of which is essentially common sense if you have at least a modicum of empathy and are interested in other people. I generally like to read books like this for the insight they often provide - the aha's of human psychology you can connect to your own circumstances and use to shape your behaviour and decisions. I was beginning to think there might be a morsel of insight when the author noted that our perceptions are shaped by our needs, for example... (anticipation building)... 'when you are in a desert and everything looks like an oasis'. Really? Are most readers expected to gain anything of substance from that example?
While there are a few offerings worth consideration, in the end, this is a journal article at most spun out to a (thankfully) short book. It's an excessively extended version of Covey's 'Seek First to Understand'.