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Who is this Button for?

People whose cover is a lot more attractive than the book.

Ideal candidates for very short-term relationships such as holiday flings and one-night-stands.

Provocative Suggestions

Accept all invitations to parties; they bring out the best in you.

Be grateful that you’re not pessimistic, depressed or ‘heavy’ in any way.[1]

Talking chicken-shit is no worse than talking bullshit or elephant-shit. [2]

Quotations

Modeling is so... not superficial. Well, I guess it is. But it's boring.

(Diane Kruger)


Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.

(Christopher Lasch)


It is possible to stand around with a cocktail in one's hand and talk with everyone, which means with no one.

(Jerzy Kosinski)

Something to consider

The depth of your relationships is in your hands.

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Notes

  1. Research has shown that optimistic, cheerful, light-hearted people like yourself are more popular, get better jobs and get laid more often than the rest of us.
  2. The famous Gestalt therapist, Fritz Perls described three levels of conversation: 1. Chicken-shit: ‘the trivial small-talk that dominates most people’s lives.’ 2. Bullshit: ‘the rationalizations that people concoct to justify their own destructive and neurotic behavior’. 3. Elephant shit: ‘the sort of high-minded talk about change, transformation, and consciousness…’ (as quoted by Tony Schwartz in What Really Matters, Searching for Wisdom in America. Bantam, 1995) The Perls’ ‘classification’ of conversation is useful for provocative therapists. These three modes of communicating can be satirised to provoke the patient to express him/herself honestly and openly. In the face of authentic straight talk, the provocative therapist no longer needs to be particularly provocative.