How to Be Miserable in Your Twenties: 40 Strategies to Fail at Adulting

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New Harbinger Publications
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5.0 X 6.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Randy J. Paterson, PhD, is a psychologist and director of Changeways Clinic--a private psychotherapy service--in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is author of The Assertiveness Workbook, How to Be Miserable, and Your Depression Map; and coauthor of the free online Antidepressant Skills Workbook. He presents lectures and workshops internationally on topics, including mental health policy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the nature and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, and the failure-to-launch phenomenon. For more information, visit


"When you find yourself underlining so many passages that the whole book is basically one long's time to recommend that book. Highly. And be grateful it exists."
--Lenore Skenazy, president of Let Grow, and founder of Free-Range Kids--Lenore Skenazy
"Pathological social withdrawal (called 'hikikomori' in Japan) is now increasingly considered a global mental health and socioeconomic concern. Withdrawal behaviors tend to be regarded as negative and maladaptive. Is this perception always correct? Randy Paterson's book challenges such preconceptions and prejudices regarding hikikomori-related behaviors while also suggesting multidirectional solutions to this phenomenon."
--Takahiro A. Kato, MD, PhD, associate professor in the department of neuropsychiatry, and chair of the hikikomori research clinic at Kyushu University Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan--Takahiro A. Kato, MD, PhD
"Randy Paterson has done it again! In his latest book, How to Be Miserable in Your Twenties, Paterson provides insight into how young adults can avoid common traps that can contribute to unhappiness. It includes a range of well-tested, commonsense strategies that are especially relevant for those transitioning into adulthood and independence. This engaging and humorous book is a must-read for young adults (even those who are not in their twenties) who want to prevent the thoughts, behaviors, and habits that can lead to feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious. I highly recommend it!"
--Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor in the department of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, Canada; and coauthor of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook and The Anti-Anxiety Workbook--Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP
"Innovative and inspiring.... The provocative mood makes the reading easy; the structure in lessons makes the book an on-demand pool of instructions the reader can refer to whenever needed. Randy Paterson has made great work to collect life situations and convert them into such practical actions."
--Ivan Ferrero, PsyD, cyberpsychologist, speaker, trainer, educator, edge innovator, and futurologist--Ivan Ferrero, PsyD
"How to Be Miserable in Your Twenties reads with a tender irreverence. Paterson's voice is heart-catching, imaginative, and wise as he invites emerging adults to abandon many of their self-defeating delusions which they have caught from their culture like a virus. Paterson gifts the reader with fresh agility to better dance with the paradoxical vicissitudes of life. You will find his creative re-rendering of the path to misery accessible, charming, and a helpful tool for reorienting you to a wise life."
--Scott Spradlin, LPC, LMAC, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) therapist and trainer in Wichita, KS; and author of Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life--Scott Spradlin, LPC, LMAC