by Randy J. Paterson, PHD.
From the back cover:
The Ultimate Don't-Do-It Guide
Are you tired of overly earnest self-help books promising love, happiness, and a fabulous life? Would you rather hone the habits that keep you feeling stuck and unhappy? If so, How To Be Miserable will help you pinpoint the tried-and-true behaviours that increase feelings of dissatisfaction, zap your energy, and ultimately sabotage your life.
Following the tongue-in-cheek advice within the pages, you'll develop important dysfunctional skills to help you cultivate discontent - such as focusing on the negative, dwelling on what you aren't, isolating yourself from friends and loved ones, eating junk food, drinking to excess, and much, much more. If you're already unhappy or dissatisfied with your life, you'll likely see a bit of yourself reflected in these pages. But if, by some strange desire, you decide you want to be happy instead, this witty, irreverent guide will show you what not to do.
"A gem of a parody on how to cope with the inevitable difficulties we all must face in order to live a happy and fulfilling life" - Simon A. Rego
Randy J. Paterson, PHD, is the director of Changeways Clinic, a private psychology practice in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is author of The Assertiveness Workbook and Your Depression Map, and conducts training programs for professionals on evidence-based treatment.