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Things That Don’t Work. For instance: “Fixing relationship problems by having a baby.” Also: “multivitamins” and “wanting to be liked.”

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David Nir

Non-fiction books? Come on.

Carleton A

Seriously. The more I read of this the more this feels just like a list of things the author doesn't like.

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Especially with "How much do we really retain?" seemingly justifying their position. If quantity of retention is the determinant of worthiness then most of our actions and experience are pointless.

Tom Robertson

Merlin Mann’s Wisdom Project is a much better version of this kind of thing.

Wayne Bremser

I kept scrolling in the hopes of seeing "listicles" on this listicle

Tra H

The first thing on the list is acupuncture which I always just assumed was quackery but the wiki link to the efficacy and the study it references says there's a high or strong certainty acupuncture is beneficial for shoulder pain (which I have) and fibromyalgia. So... should I try acupuncture?

Edith ZimmermanMOD

I enjoyed this list for various reasons, but I am a fan of acupuncture, for what it’s worth. So, I’d say try it! Nothing to lose, as far as I can tell.

Tra H

Yeah I think I'm going to give it a shot because if nothing else it seems like it would just feel really good which I don't think studies like this can capture accurately.

I'm sure acupuncture isn't going to cure the underlying cause of the pains but if it feels good and makes me forget about them for a couple of days then it'd be worth it.

Edith ZimmermanMOD

The first time I tried acupuncture I loved it, I think in part because I really liked the practitioner, and she asked me questions that it felt cathartic to respond (at length) to, which itself felt like therapy. To be paid attention to! Also I obviously have no idea if this is relevant to your situation, but I really liked the book Healing Back Pain, by John Sarno. It’s nutty-sounding but resonated with me.

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Duncan Keefe

I got a few items in and the author mentions that they came up with their own version of Myers-Briggs…which doesn't work.

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