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Don’t kill your husband!

How Not to Kill Your Husband
Hutchin
1962

Ladies, your husband is a busy man and can’t be responsible to make good health decisions. Your inattention to his health could LITERALLY KILL HIM! Fortunately, this book will save you. This is a book for wives on how to properly monitor and care for your husband’s health through diet, exercise and stress reduction.

Written in the voice of the oh-so-knowledgeable doctor talking about those silly men that we ladies must take care of since they are just a bunch of giant babies. These delicate men need their wives to reduce the stress, cook healthy meals and evidently prevent him from doing stupid things that might hurt him. I guess it is time to add “babysit a grown man” to your list of chores. I am sure all the men out there will love the wife hounding them on everything they do. Naturally, if he chooses to ignore our awesome help and he dies, it will be our fault.

Where is the book for husbands on how not to be a burden and a selfish ingrate for your wife?

Mary

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Stress Is Good For You

Stress for Success cover

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 So, this book is very outdated.

Outdated books stress me out.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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Embrace Your Neurosis

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Be Glad You’re Neurotic
Bisch
1946 (original copyright 1936)

From my admittedly low effort research, Be Glad You’re Neurotic is an example of early pop psychology publications. (Think of this as a proto Dr. Phil or John Gray type of book.) Bisch wants everyone to embrace their inner crazy, the idea that this is what makes you a better human (ie. superior). Bottom line: You can cure yourself by just embracing your inner freak. Lots of hype and no substance, especially when Bisch starts utilizing his theory on social problems. Guess you can be “different” but not too different.

Mary

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