Book Review: You Don’t Need Therapy. The SYSO System: 7 Steps to Sort Your Sh*t Out by Alan Lucas

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“Most of us, when we have good experiences are not good at installing these and learning from the good. We need to wire ourselves proactively to feel good quicker. We need to notice what’s right more often, rather than being hunters of faults. Our brain needs to be trained to see the positive. Fortunately, nature has given us the ability to wire our brains and install programming for whatever feelings we want.”

When I first read the title ‘You Don’t Need Therapy. The SYSO System : 7 Steps to Sort Your Sh*t Out’. I was a little unsure, it came across as what I can only describe as “tough love”, but we have all been taught not to judge a book by its’ cover and so I decided to journey on through – how true that saying turned out to be. The book runs through 7 steps and 70 practical exercises to put learning into everyday use.

Self-help books are a big favourite of mine and it’s safe to say I’ve read a fair amount of them, but Alan Lucas comes at this genre with a fresh approach that I’ve not seen before. With use of exercises for every chapter (or step), you begin to build up a set of tools and better your own self-awareness as you learn to become an observer of your own thoughts rather than letting your mind rule the roost.

Not only does Alan Lucas provide a different angle into better mental wellbeing, he backs up his points with use of scientific research without too much jargon, however, I have to point out that the scientific descriptions can sometimes become a bit complicated for anybody new to the topic being examined. Without giving away any spoilers, Lucas’ use of scientific backing provides the reader with a motivation to build upon and the inspiration to essentially change their lives.

Lucas uses the description of neuropathways throughout the novel to explain the inner workings of the mind and how the brain can become wired to think certain things or feel certain ways provides a Q&A type of style into the brain, helping the reader to better understand themselves. This book is a must-read for anybody who is interested in the mind or who may be looking to overcome a mental health challenge they are facing. Coming from somebody who has battled with anxiety for years, this book is a game changer and provides further information and a new angle on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) that I will come back to again in the near future for grounding techniques and reminders.

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Wellbeing writer, host for The Inspired Narrative podcast and mental health support worker.

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