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Personal growth, mental health, self-help, psychology posts

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Stress Is Good For You

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Stress for Success: How to Make Stress on the Job Work for You
Hanson
1991

Submitter: I just can’t even.

Holly: Hanson had a few stressy books in the late 80s/early 90s. The Joy of Stress seems to be a popular pick for libraries too, according to Worldcat. He seems extremely qualified, actually, with a background in sports medicine. According to Stressipedia (yup, that’s a thing!), he has done a lot of work in pain management without drugs – pretty important to NFL and NHL players who have to be careful about what shows up in drug tests. Submitter included some screen shots from inside the book (below). In 1991 the “Problems Unique to Women” section was probably more relevant than today. The section on substance abuse says that cocaine “currently produces the most headlines.” Not so much in the midst of our current opioid crisis. So, this book is very outdated.

Outdated books stress me out. I’m going to use that stress to do some weeding. See? I’m making stress on the job work for me!

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My Way is the Best Way

ironing it out book cover

Ironing it Out
Seven Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict
Lickson
1996

Are you constantly arguing? Relationships suffering? Try “Ironing it Out”. This particular book is all about dissecting the real issues of conflict. This is probably a pretty decent choice for a public library. Conflict resolution and other workplace dynamics are hot topics and this type of material would no doubt be a successful choice. Personally, I am a bit cynical about getting in touch with my feelings and really don’t want to “peel the onion” to get at the gist of a problem, especially in the library. I just want everyone to do things my way. Please consider this. It would really save time. (I can already hear the supervisor yelling “request denied.”)

Mary

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A Man Explains Women’s Lib to the Guys

male guide to women's liberation

Male’s Guide to Women’s Liberation
Marine
1972

This book is interesting and it seems surprisingly insightful. Marine wrote for the Nation and Ramparts Magazine on social justice topics. This is probably a good pick for a research/academic library but for public libraries, not so much. Old timers my age might find it somewhat interesting. I could make a point about the fact that I feel like I have been discussing this for most of my life and progress is not coming as fast as I would like. #oldfeminist

Mary

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