Book Review: The Courage To Be Disliked

03 August 2018

This is part of a monthly series where I give a brief summary of books I've read. These should serve as a handy reference when memory of the book fades.

The Courage to be Disliked is a book by two Japanese authors: Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga about the philosophy of Alfred Adler. The book is presented as a discussion between a philosopher and a young student. This format works well and makes the book easy to read and follow. Some of the tenants presented inside are certainly difficult to comprehend (e.g. your community consists of the entire universe) but after some reflection they make sense within the narrative of the book.

Here are my key takeaways based on my notes from the reading. Writing these notes doesn't necessarily mean I agree with everything written. If I would say there was one overarching principle, it would be "live life like you are dancing earnestly."

I would recommend this book as a weekend read for anyone who would like an alternative take on happiness. The table of contents is exhaustive and gives you a good profile of the book.