First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety
Sarah Wilson - bestselling author and entrepreneur, intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life - has helped over 650,000 people across the world to quit sugar. She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole life.
In her new book, she directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the...more
1 star for:
- Terrible editing.
- Blanket statements such as 'anxiety makes you fat'.
- Inconsistencies in timelines such as (and I'm paraphrasing) 'I haven't owned a car in 5 years' to 'I spent years researching what car to buy and I bought the most environmentally sound car in the world', 'I live in the city' to 'I am a nomad and have lived in 7 different places in the last year'. Huh? I'm lost.
- The bit about going to Thai massage place ...more
I have read many many books on related subjects the last ten years, and I find most have a tiresome "do these 10 simple things and your anxiety will be g ...more
This is the author’s honest and vibrant account of her struggle with anxiety and what she has done to cope or manage it throughout her life. I consider it part-memoir and part self-help book.
I found the book interesting and helpful. In it, Sarah Wilson references books and quotes from other authors such as Matt Haig, Glennon Doyle, Louise Hay , and Eckhart Tolle whose book The Power of Now I’ve read at lea ...more
“We yearn for something even if we don’t know what it looks like or if it actually exists”
Sarah Wilson is a journalist/tv presenter ...more
The reason: It patronises the reader and makes the author seem entirely entitled and self centred.
Some of the the thoughts and suggestions she gave about managing anxiety were nauseating to someone who has an anxiety disorder. Some suggestions rely on the privilege she has in her life and shouldn’t be toted as necessary salves to anxiety.
If she wanted to write about her anxiety and what she’s finds interesting about the conditio ...more
I feel like books covering mental health topics are quite personal - what works for you may not work for another. Luckily this one really worked for me! Wilson is funny and relatable, and she describes anxiety in a way that I truly understood. It’s unapologetically raw and personal, and I was sad to finish it.
It’s written in a very conversational style, the structure is a tad chaotic and repeatedly jumps around to different thi ...more
I went into this book with a strong affinity for the title and the concept of turning anxiety from an ugly beast into something beautiful, without completely obliterating the beast itself. And I di ...more
This book...I really wanted to love it, there were some great moments and thoughts in it that inspire you to look at your anxiety differently - but mostly this book is flat out irresponsible. The passages about how evil anti depressants are was traumatizing to me and I’m sure to many other people. I’ve had good and bad experiences with different medications but this book made me feel like they had all permanently damaged me and that I couldn’t use them if I needed the ...more
-oof... editing.. where. is. it.
This is beyond conversational style, it’s the same speed as when my mind rambles pre-crisis with 100 thoughts at once. I can respect that she actually has an anxiety disorder but a book still needs direction.
-some information was inaccurate or overgeneralized
-dangerous statements such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is some outdated hippy dippy “just make yourself happy” bullshit therapy that nobody uses anymo ...more
I found myself getting frustrated hearing stories about how much more anxious Wilson has been her whole life than I have. Maybe it’s my own anxiety but I kept feeling like this was a weird game of Wilson trying to one-up me. I had a difficult time listening to her stories about isolated ret ...more
I applaud her bravery and honesty as some aspects of the book are very hard to read. Evisceratingly honest, one might say. Some of her ideas, and approaches and themes about anxiety's manifestations and how to manage and even live with it are excellent and I think will be (largely) helpful to many readers.
But dear lord it is b ...more
This book is giving me anxiety!
I am not sure if this is supposed to be a memoir or a self-help book but it is more like reading self published ramblings with no editor in sight. Time lines were inconsistent and I honestly got nothing out of it besides more anxiety reading about her manic thoughts. Many times in the book she states she is still going through it. So, I am not sure that anything has helped her yet. This is not a personal attack on the author about her life and the w ...more
1. I cannot focus, I cannot think, I cannot read.
2. I devour books in hopes of feeling something (often joined by varying cups and flavours of tea).
Today has been a number 2 kind of day where I managed to read almost all of Wilson's First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (FWMtBB). I first came across this book in a generic shop, not one for books, probably Kmart, and found myself in love with the cover. The next thing, was the fact that the book focused on anxiety, and hec ...more
Everyone knows that anxiety is craeted through/by childhood trauma.
Not sure how Sarah, with financial and professional status, has not dealt with her trauma properly.
It's clear at the very end of the book it's a trauma relating to her mother.
Lots of mistakes and errors.
Misleading - lots of timeline errors... she has a car, is a nomad, doesn't drive, drives a car, doesn't own anything.
At least she was honest about her 'instagram perfect' Europe trip being a disaster.
Confused... whats ...more
First of all, I was sent this by the publishers. No expectations at all on their behalf.
Secondly, I’m battling severe anxiety right now. It might not be the best time to read this.
Despite my second point, one thing is clear: this book needed to be two. A more scientific approach and the second being a memoir. The cross between the two was hard to follow.
Page 19, where the author mentions the potential for Anxiety to be made up? Things like that really impact the boo ...more
First of all, the astounding place of privilege this book comes from. Wow. At one point the author literally says that she never worries about money. And then has an anecdote about how $10,000 magically appeared when she needed because she forgot about ...more
We all struggle in these ways. If we don’t, we aren’t listening. I love how Sarah views anxiety in this way. I love how Sarah normalises anxious feelings and is brave enough to shine a light on her struggles in order to help us feel like we are not alone. What an amazing human.
In this book, Sarah suggests that perhaps anxiety is not someth ...more
SooooOoo many mistakes which made me question if there was an editor (but don't worry, she mentions her editor every two seconds - so there was one... apparently). She is clearly *clearly* a white woman with a relative amount of economic privilege, I would suggest having people of diverse backgrounds read your material before publishing it, otherwise, you might come across quite the asshole at times. A lot of blanket statements ...more
Despite being full of enough disclaimers and references t ...more
|Mental Health Boo...: February nonfiction - anxiety - "First, We Make The Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety" by Sarah Wilson||7||78||Oct 14, 2019 05:43AM|
Thing is, we all put a lot of effort into looking like we did get the guide, that of course we know how to do this caper called life. We put on a smile rather than tell friends we are desperately lonely. And we make loud, verbose claims at dinner parties to make everyone certain of our certainty. We're funny like that.”