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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

(Mark Manson Collection #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  816,696 ratings  ·  46,974 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780062457738

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be
Paperback, 212 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Harper
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Jenniferdawson You've answered your own question. I agree with the author that my life is an example of what I did and did not give a fuck about. I, too, decided mon…moreYou've answered your own question. I agree with the author that my life is an example of what I did and did not give a fuck about. I, too, decided money was not important and guess what? Yep, was broke. Now I dare to care about money but more importantly I give a F$CK about how I make it more = no dilemma and not broke. I now own two start-ups that are radical in nature + go against what a lot of people thought would be successful. I did not give a f@ck about what they thought or about the money only about getting my product made and to market. It worked.(less)
Rex Hodges Don't waste your time or money. Manson, like other comedians, uses F-Bomb for shock factor. GAF is nothing more than setting priorities. He is Tony Ro…moreDon't waste your time or money. Manson, like other comedians, uses F-Bomb for shock factor. GAF is nothing more than setting priorities. He is Tony Robbins knock off. He tells a dad who lost his son to just shake it off, that we all have problems, where the worst thing he has ever experienced was getting busted for dealing pot in high-school(less)

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
If you follow my reviews/blog at all, you probably already know that I am already a zero fucks given kind of gal when it comes to, well, bullshit.

In fact, my best friend had the below picture as my contact photo in his phone for years.


So it should come as no surprise that I, like many, was drawn to this book, 1) Because it has the word "fuck" in the title. Duh. And, 2) Because it's bright fucking orange.

That said, the chum was in the water for me already based on that alone.

But when I got to t
Clumsy Storyteller
Masterpiece, incredibly funny. i don't usally go for self help books cause to me they are all the same! Smile more, love more, hate less, don't give up, it's gonna be okay, it's all in your head. Blah blah blah.... but this one was the exception. Anything with curse words on the cover picks my interest :P The first half of it was my favorite, the aim of this book is to help the reader to think a little bit more clearly about what they’re choosing to find important in life and what they’re choosi ...more
Jo (The Book Geek)
Has anybody been unfortunate enough to be sitting in a pub/restaurant, enjoying the ambience and possibly a meal, and out of nowhere, a rather drunk individual parks himself beside you, grinning profusely, and then just doesn't stop talking about his life, your life and everything HE thinks that you should be doing, but without any solid proof to back himself up? I have, and this book by Mark Manson made me feel like I was back in that pub, but with an even dodgier individual attempting to give ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm not actually done yet, but this book is becoming more problematic by the page. In re: false memories and page 128: False memories are absolutely a thing. But when the example you use to illustrate this fact is a 1980's feminist who falsely accused her father of abuse and you follow up with "in the early 1980s and 1990s hundreds of innocent people were wrongly accused of sexual violence under similar circumstances. Many of them went to prison for it" you are being supremely irresponsible. The ...more
Jaclyn Salem
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I knew after the first chapter that I probably wasn't the intended audience for this book. Most of it was sort of a "duh" for me, but I continued on in hopes I would learn something new...WOW, this author is SO self-indulgent. He misses no opportunity to remind us about what a complete "fuckboi" he was in his twenties. The problem with this is that his tone (and the fact that he brings it up over and over and over and over again) makes it sound like it is almost a point of pride rather than some ...more
Mary Monaghan
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I started out liking this book, I really did. By the time I was halfway in, his smug attitude about things he frankly knows jack shit about were getting on my nerves. He made some excellent points, all of which have been made countless times by other, more competent writers. Read Sartre, Camus, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, and various Buddhist texts instead. Regurgitating Eastern philosophy and existentialism while swearing a lot only gets you so far. I stopped reading and returned this book.
Kevin Kelsey
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Worries, Fretters, and Stressers
Shelves: read-2017
It's a very surface level look at Stoicism and western Buddhism aimed at dudebros. It has some good things to say, and it's a decent introduction to some great concepts, but it's pretty cringe and misogynistic.

I would suggest Why Buddhism is True and The Practicing Stoic instead as much better books to read that cover the same ground more in depth, without any of the negatives.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
What a load of self-indulgent, sexist codswallop.
Amy Joseph
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Have you ever been in a bar and had a know-it-all tell you everything you need to know about life without any evidence to back up what he's saying? That's what this book felt like. ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Definitely written by and for straight, white, entitled males. I have no fucks to give for this book or the author.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
There are a lot of points in the first half of the book that I agree with: prioritizing fewer things and the right things; defining the right values and what you are willing to struggle for; being addicted to outrage and victimhood to avoid responsibility and acknowledging mistakes; etc. However, the tone is VERY heavy on this edgy dudebro persona that gets tiring easily, especially in the beginning where the author drops the F bomb every other sentence in order to seem “real” and contrarian. Th ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transformational
“Giving too many fucks is bad for you.”
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, Mark Manson


Where to begin?

Well for starters, Mark Manson is a real douche. There has never been a better husband than Mark Manson. Why? He doesn't put up with bullshit. If his wife looks like shit he tells her. He won't tolerate her looking bad no matter how much time she has spent getting ready to go out.

And we must take note of how edgy Manson is. He actually figured out you can remove the word care and replace it wi
Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2k17
you think you're getting a light, irreverent lifestyle/self-help book, but then it's actually just a few good ideas taken from Buddhism and then mixed in with conservative nonsense about "snowflakes," mixed with some casual misogyny and backdoor bragging. A book only a white straight man with rich parents could write. ...more
Tharindu Dissanayake
May 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
"This is something called maturity. It's nice; you should try it sometimes."

There weren't any 1 or 2-star rated books on my GR shelves until now. If I find a book is not working out the way I had hoped, I stay away from it, and will not invest any more time. This is the first book to contradict this practice. Based on the hype, I was looking forward to enjoying this book for a very long time. When I finally started, I quickly got the impression that this is not for me. But even with getting do-n
Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't read self-help. I simply don't believe in the self-help genre. If you need a book to help you live your life you have bigger problems than whatever brought you to that book. That may seem harsh but its just my opinion and you are free to ignore it.

Since I don't read self-help, you may be asking "Erin, Why did you read this book?
Blame Popsugar. I'm doing the Popsugar 2017 Reading challenge and needed to read a book from a genre I don't usually read. As you can see if you look at my book
May 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Based on the title, I was pretty stoked for this, and the introductory essay explaining the author's Not Giving a F*ck theory made a lot of sense to me and made me really happy. Essentially, he says that the internet and the media demand that we give a f*ck about everything, but we only have so much time on Earth and so many f*cks to give and we have to choose who and what we spend those f*cks on.

Makes sense.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book turns into the same self-help drivel you see in any
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
My, my! What a catchy title!


I wanted to see what all the hype was about, so I picked this up. And now that I'm done? Well, I agree with everything Manson says, but (like other reviewers have mentioned) everything he's written about is common sense stuff.
Is that revolutionary?
What does it say about our society in general that any of what he's saying is...well, remotely necessary to say!?
When the basic premise of a bestseller is that you should stop comparing yourself to what you see on tel
Dec 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ego driven rantings

Wish I could say I couldn't give a fu#k about spending £10.99 on this serious heap of rubbish, but yes, i do give a fu#k that this ego driven, talentless author swindled me out of money for a heap of rubbish.

He is probably having a great old laugh at the fact that his mantra `dont try` has resulted in an awful written book, full of cliches, calling reader `dumbass`, referring to us wanting to feel jennifer aniston`s t#ts , and bigging himself up generally. He probably finds
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I went into this admittedly with quite some skepticism and entitlement— “what is this going to teach me that I don’t already know?”— but The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is truly one of the most ground-shaping nonfiction books I’ve read so far. It will and can change a perspective, a life. And as such, this is the perfect book to give to your loved ones on holidays, birthdays...

It made me rethink all the times I ever gave a fuck over some of the most irrelevant things in hindsight. It made me
Alyssa Rubin
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Whenever a young white dude claims to hold some kind of universal truth, he's usually just talking about himself. And when he's not talking about himself or his sexual exploits, he's mansplaining Eastern philosophy and reminding us that the key to happiness is the acceptance of our own death, which is the only thing I'm thinking about after finishing this book. ...more
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Psychological snake oil for the pseudo intellectual.

Man, reading this book was so frustrating, because I'd heard so many good things. Some people told me that this book was life-changing, game-changing, and then one of my co-workers gave it to me and I thought, "Cool, bring it on. I'm ready to hand out fuck-wafers like it's time for the Sunday Communion of Nobody-Gives-A-Damn." After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that th
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A lot of necessary to hear hard truths.

There is a distinction between what the title implies and what Manson intends. Manson is essentially inviting us to only care about what’s important and let the rest take care of itself.

I’ve been accused of indifference or “living in a bubble” for years because I don’t follow politics and rarely watch the news. My mantra is the serenity prayer:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can; 
and wisdom to kn
Federico DN
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it

It's not about not giving a f*ck about anything, it's about giving a f*ck about the things that matter most. In essence, the question is, should I really give a f*ck?

This is sort of an anti-hero self-help book, something you should read (or hear) if you feel the world weighing up a little bit too much. It just unburdens you of some stuff. No real groundbreaking philosophy, just a couple of useful hints and insights on how to take things more lightly, when taking them seriously is hurt
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology, humour
My sister asked me to get her this and I’ve read it as well. It is basically the Buddha and Sartre giving advice by saying fuck every other word. Not a terrible thing, in itself, but a bit like seeing a play where all the actors are naked, the swearing loses its impact after about the third fuck, and then you’re just left with the advice.

I don’t normally read self-help books – the problem I have with them is the first word, more than the second. We generally all need some sort of help, but that
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

💀 DNF at 29%

By the end of chapter 1, I was OD'ing on the word fuck.

Unbelievably improbable as it sounds, my best friend Kara Gillian has nothing on this guy here. And that, my Little Barnacles, is saying a whole bloody fucking lot.

By the end of chapter 2, I'd had it with Mark Manson's smug, narcissistic, sanctimonious, clichéd-to-death-and-back, infantilizing, everyone-but-me-is-a-fucking complete-dumbass, self-indulgent, shamelessly-repackaged-Eastern-philsophy-for-nitwits rubbish hogwash dri
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-audio
4 stars!

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This book wasn't only about giving no fucks, it was about giving fucks about only the important things. If you're going to read it, I would recommend the audio book. I thought the narration was great and it was highly entertaining and made me laugh out loud more than once!!
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: About This Book!
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck was published under the imprint of HarperOne, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and was released on September 13, 2016. The book is a reaction to the self-help industry and what Manson saw as a culture of mindless positivity that isn't practical or helpful for most people.

Manson uses many of his own personal experiences to illustrate how life's struggles o
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it

This book has made a significant impact in recent times in the life of readers (both in a positive and negative way). Let us analyze whether it differs from other books published with similar ideas.

The Good
🔸 This is one of the first books where the author was bold enough to discuss the toxic positivity spread by self-help books and self-help gurus. It will help those trapped in the vicious cycle of toxic positivity.

🔸 This is different from the usual self-help books, right from the colo
Chance Lee
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to live in reality
Shelves: favorites, true-story
I'm not one for self-help books, but this one spoke to me: "The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one's negative experience is itself a positive experience."

I don't know how to review this book without typing out the whole book, so I'm going to try something different: to be brief. This book provides support for someone who wants to live in reality, someone who doesn't want to buy into our national capitalist mindset that
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Mark Manson (born 1984) is a professional blogger, entrepreneur, and former dating coach. Since 2007, he's been helping people with their emotional and relationship problems. He has worked with thousands of people from over 30 different countries.

He regularly writes and updates his blog at: www.markmanson.net

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