A bite of Literature: The Self Destruction Book

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Never have there been more books, courses, You-tube videos and Ted Talks that tell us how we can be a better version of ourselves: healthier, happier, thinner and more successful.

The ‘only’ thing we need to do is clean the house, meditate, learn lessons from failure, see problems as challenges, live in the moment, and stop giving a fuck. We believe it, we buy it, we try it: The self-help industry is one of the biggest industries in the world.

But in the meantime an increasing number of people suffer from depression, anxiety and burnouts. Furthermore, we are taking more medication than ever. And why? Because we are still made to believe that there is something wrong with us, that we are the ones that need to change. But what if the self-help industry is not the solution, but part of the problem?

Marian Donner’s Selfdestruction book is a plea to loosen up, to replace strictness with forgiveness, to fail, to be unhealthy and ugly, to deviate from society’s standards, to be kind without reservation and to eventually liberate yourself in this manner.

Columnist and writer Marian Donner studied Psychology in Amsterdam, worked in politics, development aid and the nightlife. She writes for De Groene Amsterdammer, de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad. She is the author of het Zelfverwoestingsboek (the Selfdestruction book) that came out in June 2019.

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