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The pursuit of unhappiness


The story of the man who claps his hands every ten seconds.

When asked the reason for this strange behavior, he replies, “To chase away the elephants.” “Elephants? But there aren’t any around!” Whereupon the man says, “Right. See, I told you so.”

This is just one of the stories in the wonderful book “The Situation is Hopeless but not Serious” by psychologist Paul Watzlawick.
The book is intended for the committed reader who wants to learn how to carefully pursue unhappiness. Through stories and exercises you will find the most useful and effective techniques to guarantee success.

Here are some key points I don’t want to keep from you

Never doubt the assumption, that there is only one solution.

Do more of the same. If it doesn’t work, just do the same more forcefully.

Avoid at all times any feared situation or problem.

Don’t be willing to risk any danger. Just apply common sense – for “what could be more reasonable?”

Treat hunches such as ‘people whispering behind your back’ as a fact.
Act on this fact.

Protect what keeps you from becoming aware of your habits.

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