Life, and How to Survive it

Life, and How to Survive it


By (author) Robin Skynner, By (author) John Cleese, Illustrated by Bud Handelsman

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  • Publisher: Mandarin
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 24 June 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749323205
  • ISBN 13: 9780749323202
  • Illustrations note: 1
  • Sales rank: 65,401

Product description

Brilliantly entertaining, enlightening and inspiring, Robin Skynner and John Cleese take on the big issue: life, and the challenge of living, in all its myriad forms. This book is an essential guide to surviving life's ups and downs - at home or in the workplace, as a member of a family or society. Presented in the same lively style as the best-selling Families and How to Survive Them, Life extends Skynner's and Cleese's study beyond the family to relationships and group interaction in life outside it. The book deals with such pithy issues as: -Why life gives you all the lessons you need, -How grief can be good for you, -Why work is essential to our psychological health, -What mid-life crisis means for you. We are all searching for healthier, happier, more satisfying lives, but it's the journey that matters, not the destination. Skynner and Cleese are the perfect travelling companions.

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Author information

Robin Skynner qualified in medicine at University College Hospital, London. He has been a pioneer in group and family techniques of treatment and one of the founders of both the Institute of Group Analysis and Institute of Family Therapy (London). John Cleese was born in 1939 in Weston-Super-Mare. He studied Law at Cambridge University and has a successful career in comedy, theatre and film and television. He attended Robin Skynner's therapy group in the mid-seventies and encouraged him to make his knowledge and techniques available to the wider public.

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"Breathtaking... On every page of Life and How to Survive It you will find insights that will cut straight to the heart of your own life" Daily Mail

Editorial reviews

A brilliant dialogue from the therapist-comedian duo which continues where their highly acclaimed Families and How to Survive Them left off. The pair distil the wisdom of modern psychology as applied to the modes of behaviour of exceptionally healthy, average and unhealthy people within families, communities and organizations. Their perceptions and insights are presented with refreshing clarity, using humour to make obvious the most serious points in an informal style remarkably free of psychobabble. (Kirkus UK)