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Overview Arguing that values and character are the key elements to providing a richer, more fulfilling life, the author of Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives explores current trends in irresponsible behavior and challenges us to rediscover seven vital attributes. Reprint. $60,000 ad/promo.
Publishers Description The reason so many Americans feel lost and unhappy, explains Dr. Schlessinger, is that we have abandoned the high road and indulged in the feel-good pop psychology of the last decade. Mistaking fun for happiness, we have set ourselves up for short-term thrills and long-term agony. How could you do that? she asks. In this wise and witty book, she topples the lame excuses we try to make when we do the wrong thing. Americans know what the right thing to do is, she asserts. We just try to take the easy way out. In seven chapters, she challenges us to find our Character, Conscience, Courage, Self-respect, Morals, Integrity and Principles by discussing such issues as love versus lust, irresponsible parenting and the mindless pursuit of happiness at the expense of others. Her message is simple: If we discipline ourselves and accept responsibility for our actions, we will ultimately enjoy a life of richer quality and greater satisfaction. Written in her unmistakably lively and outspoken style, How Could You Do That? is a refreshing, and sometimes tough argument for the need for values and character. Get a grip, says Dr. Laura, it's time to grow up.
Citations And Professional Reviews How Could You Do That?!: The Abdication of Character, Courage, and Conscience by Dr Laura Schlessinger has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 55
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Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 13, 2013
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
ISBN 0060928069 ISBN13 9780060928063 UPC 099455013000
Reviews - What do customers think about How Could You Do That?!: The Abdication of Character, Courage, and Conscience?
Some good ideas...but... Jun 13, 2008
Schlessinger uses many examples from her audiences through the years to give advice in her book. Although there are some good points to the book--determining consequences before taking action, doing the right thing and taking responsibility for one's actions--it is weakened dramatically by the books limited focus, the author's self-righteous attitude and a prescribed set of rigid behaviors.
The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide to: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking
Plays better on radio. Jul 30, 2007
A 2007 Summer mini review
I have been listening to Dr. Laura on and off for several years. I do not always agree with her stances or advice but more often than not I have. I listen to her on on and off, because I can not always stomach her crassness and bluntness. I decided to read her book and see if this would be a happier medium for us.
What I found is that the majority of the book is based on transcripts of calls and correspondence from her radio program. While I expected this, I did not expect that those would be the best and most coherent parts of the book. I agree with the premise of her book stated clearly in the title. The overall impact of this message was greatly diminished by the disjointedness between the callers faxes and radio transcripts and her overall writing style. If this book is any indication, she has a better "voice" for radio.
Changed My Life Nov 18, 2006
This book has changed my life. It made me relize how my choices affect my life and the lives of others. I recommend this book to anyone who is unclear on what life path to take. I have a very large collection of books in my home, I rank this book as one of the best in my collection. It has helped my world become a better place. If you are looking for a better tomorrow, read this book.
Classic Dr. Laura Aug 7, 2006
She's witty, entertaining, and so full of good advice. And this book is right there. Even though it's almost a decade old, it sounds like the same old Dr. Laura. Don't shack up. Have some character. Do the right thing. I guess these are the types of things that should never go out of vogue. I was entertained, though you can get the gist of what she says here from her radio show. But then you get to skip the commercials here. I think if more people would only listen to the good doctor, perhaps they wouldn't screw them up so much.
You are what you do-first do good then feel good Nov 25, 2005
There is really no such thing as unconditional self-acceptance. Those who say so are promulgating a pernicious falsehood. One must first live a decent, honorable and productive life. Only then do you get to feel good about yourself. Seeking to heedlessly gratify your desires or impulses of the moment to do things (or fail to do things) your conscience knows to be contrary to your standards of right, worthy and virtuous behavior is, in a mental, emotional and spiritual sense, akin to spending capital that you have not earned, and therefore will eventually cause you to feel very negatively not just about your behavior but also about who and what you are (except, perhaps, for sociopaths). You cannot have your cake and eat it too. The longer, for better or worse, you behave in certain ways, the more it comes to define you, not only to others but also to yourself. Thank you, Dr. Laura, for helping me to learn this lesson of life.