During my last book run, I decided that I would keep away from the fiction and graphic novels and try to get one of those self-help/inspirational books. We all have room for improvement right?
So my plan of getting one self-help book, ended up with 3: Omerta (by Mario Puzo, because I still need my Mafia fantasy), Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, because I have put off this one for a loooong time) and Kokology: The Game of Self-Discovery (by Tadahiko Nagao and Isamu Saito, because I really couldn’t get one of those “normal” self-help lit)
Kokology is soooo much fun! Count on the Japanese to come up with a unique and maybe odd way of figuring out your head. It’s like a treasure trove of those little games you find on Facebook that’s supposed to tell you kung sino ka ba talaga. Sobrang naaliw ako. The basic formula per “game” is you’re given a situation, you answer, and then you refer to the answer key to find out what science (psychology) says about you! You can do it by yourself or with your partner or whoever. Pwede pang ice-breaker sa mga office team building yung iba, and at the same time you can discover kung ano ba talaga ang ugali ng kasamahan mo (in a fun way), and you can all adjust accordingly and be a better team!
Merong mga medyo NSFW na questions though, so baka yun ‘wag nyo parinig sa boss nyo. Hehehe…
Hindi ko pa tapos yung book, but so far meron na akong mga favorite games, siyempre yung sample ko dito NSFW 😉
“A Night at the Symphony” basically asks you which instrument you see yourself playing if you were given the opportunity to play in the orchestra: (1) Violin; (2) String Bass; (3) Trumpet; or (4) Flute. According to Professor Saito, musical instruments are symbolic of members of the opposite sex. “The pairing of you and your instrument shows how you perceive yourself in making the music of love. The instrument you chose gives insight into what you think of as your strongest lovemaking technique.” I chose the flute. (And I am not quite ready to divulge what the interpretation is…nuninu…)
So if you’re like me, who is just testing the waters with self-help lit, this might be a good start too. Kokology an easy read, good fun and quite enlightening — or at least makes you think about yourself and how you respond to the world around you, without being boring.