What not to do is to read this book. For one thing, Psychology Today consulting editor Keen takes boredom as a synonym for...

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE BORED AND BLUE

What not to do is to read this book. For one thing, Psychology Today consulting editor Keen takes boredom as a synonym for practically every lifestyle malady, from simple monotony to full-fledged depression. He even follows the downward spiral from boredom to its most extreme effects--illness and suicide--as if it were the path of inevitability. Bubble-headed mystical insights are scattered liberally throughout the text (e.g., ""To be whole re/member your parts"").And the answers? First, ""do nothing""; cultivate ""awareness"" rather than dashing about to evade the boredom. Then check on the guilt and shame factors in your life; maybe they're keeping you from enjoying yourself. Take sensible risks, make your sex life intimate and tender, replace the TV set with your own imagination: ""On my own channel 1 this morning, Sophia Loren and I are shipwrecked. . . ."" Flotsam.

Pub Date: April 10, 1980

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Publisher: Wyden--dist. by Harper & Row

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1980