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The Courage To Be Disliked: Book Review

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

Original Article was published in my Medium Page


Photograph of the Book Bought — Book by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga — The Courage To Be Disliked


This book ‘The Courage To Be Disliked’ by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga is a wonderful read. I feel that ‘The Courage To Be Disliked’ has answers to one’s life’s questions. This book is based on the theories of Alfred Adler. Alfred Adler was an Austrian physician and psychiatrist who is best-known for forming the school of thought known as individual psychology.


This book starts with a youth, who symbolizes the new generations and the Philosopher who answers to his queries with his own arguments. Some of thoughts are on Unhappiness and that it’s something we choose for ourselves and that people most of the times decide not to change. It also had an extensive discussions on the fact that all problems are interpersonal relationship problems and that we need to deny the desire for recognition in everyday lives.


When I started reading this book, I felt that the answers what I was reading was not the views, I agree with. I continued reading and I finally echoed the voice of the philosopher. This is the beauty of this book. Your entire concepts and your entire thoughts is likely to take a U Turn as you hear the thoughts of the philosopher. These point of views, when read carefully can take oneself to a different level.

As my book reading continued, apart from many learning, the following touched my heart:


a) Live in the Moment

b) Don’t Run after Recognition

c) Do your task and let others do theirs

d) Listen to the voice of the larger community.


Your take may be different and you may echo with any other thoughts shared by the philosopher, but once you start reading, I personally feel, your ideas on Life is going to change.


If I have to rate the book on 10 Stars and 10 being the highest, I will give the book 9 Stars. A patient reading sometimes do wonders with your life.


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