Grow up!: How Taking Responsibility Can Make You a Happy Adult

Grow up!: How Taking Responsibility Can Make You a Happy Adult

by Frank Pittman
     
 

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Learn the Secrets of Happiness

In a culture that glorifies the carefree pleasures of youth, we are often preoccupied with the search for happiness and complain when the reality of adult responsibility pulls us farther and farther away from our adolescent hopes and expectation. But with remarkable wit and irreverence, Dr. Frank Pittman reassures us that all

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Learn the Secrets of Happiness

In a culture that glorifies the carefree pleasures of youth, we are often preoccupied with the search for happiness and complain when the reality of adult responsibility pulls us farther and farther away from our adolescent hopes and expectation. But with remarkable wit and irreverence, Dr. Frank Pittman reassures us that all adults can, indeed, achieve happiness. His solution fo this modern malaise is refreshingly simple: Grow up. Stop confusing happiness with self-indulgence and learn to appreciate the simple pleasures in life.
Dr. Pittman cleverly blends his professional wisdom with cultural paralells, weaving references to film, literature and other modern-day icons with his own experiences and case studies. With a clear sense of optimism and ethusiasm, he illustrates the rewards that accompany the transtion into adulthood. He takes on gender role, marriage, parenting, divorce, and depression and reveals some of his secrets of living happily.
Revealing that the true essence of happiness stems from personal honor and integrity, Dr. Pittman urges adults to reconsider their roles in their families and society, because "knowing that we have the power to increase the level of happiness in the world may be the ultimate secret of happiness."

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“Pittman is straightforward and witty in his guide to what it really takes to become a responsible adult.” —Library Journal

“In Grow Up!, film critic and psychiatrist Dr. Frank Pittman tells us the secrets of happy adult lives. He uses his own life, his years of practice as a therapist, and his prodigious reading and movie viewing to analyze our culture. He is opinionated, brilliant and incisive, never dull of mealymouthed. Plus, he is one of those rare psychiatrists who likes mothers.” —Mary Phipher, Ph.D, author of Reviving Ophelia

“A wise, funny, in-your-face prescription for being a responsible and happy adult. Frank Pittman is Jeremiah, Solzhenitsyn, and Bill Cosby rolled into one extraordinary writer with somethin to say that we need to hear.” —Dr. William J. Doherty, director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and president-elect of the National Council on Family Relations

Library Journal
Pittman (Man Enough, Putnam, 1993) is straightforward and witty in his guide to what it really takes to become a responsible adult. Effectively using his 37 years as a psychiatrist and family therapist, his 14 years as a movie critic, his six years as an advice columnist, and his personal experience to illustrate his points, he assures us that happiness can be found in taking responsibility for ourselves, our lives, and our loved ones. Pittman discusses the complexities of marriage, divorce, child-rearing, and forgiving your parents, arguing that changing gender roles and society's emphasis on narcissism and blaming others for our predicament keep us from moving from childhood to adulthood. Highly recommended for adult and young adult collections.Demetria A. Harvin, Bronx, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582380407
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
745,556
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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