Nine Insights For A Happy and Successful Life
Self-help books don’t always need to be thick. Nine Insights looks at nine ways to make one’s life more successful and happy. Each of the insights is discussed, with most of the narrative given to examples of each one. Cartoons are also included, although they are mostly for a humorous break rather than as part of the lesson. Gibson draws from his wide experience in psychiatry to effect, showing how his insights have helped his clients — and by extension anyone who applies those insights to their lives. It is a great book for those looking for simple advice on how to live a more fulfilling life.
Strangely enough, it feels like there should have been a little bit more. Although the examples are great, drawing both from the ranks of celebrities living and dead, as well as from his actual clients, there should have been more of a discussion of what the basis of the problem that the insight solves. A number of the chapters feel as if they were shorter than they needed to be; he gets going on a tear and then he stops abruptly. It is a good solid read, but could have been more so if there just would have been a little more context. The cartoons, although definitely funny, come off as space-fillers; they are rarely relevant to the section being discussed.
Even allowing for that, however, this is a great book for someone who wants a quick read that will inspire a less hectic life. Too many inspiring books tend towards loquaciousness, and it can get tiring having to slog through too many words to get to the point. It could have used a few more pages, but this is a nice short read.
Mitchell Earl Gibson MD