Calling upon metaphors, vignettes, jokes, innuendos, and certain other right-hemispheric language games, Paul Watzlawick shows how we can (and do) make everyday life miserable.
Special attention is given to such topics as Four Games with the Past, Self-fulfilling Prophecies, and Why Would Anybody Love Me? Those who believe that the search for happiness will eventually lead to happiness will find much to ponder in the section Beware of Arriving.
All readers will be both amused and startled to find themselves in these pages, but there is a special delight and enlightenment for therapists and counselors. Although the author does not officially admit it, the book is one complex symptom prescription, a therapeutic double bind as described and practiced by him and his colleagues.