Sweary Books, Part 1: Self-H*lp

November 14, 2017 | Wendy

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***Content Warning: Foul Language***

If you object to the current prevalence of swearing in our culture, please read no further; this will only tick you off. 

Content warning: recommended for mature audiences.
"Mature". Right.

If you're still reading, it's safe to assume you're okay with salty talk, correct?

So: what the frilly heck is up with all the swears in self-help publishing right now?

It's hard to say where the bleep the phenomenon started – a certain notorious "children's" book from 2011 seems like a likely culprit. It may also stem from a 2009 study that showed that swearing improves pain tolerance. But whatever the spork the reason is, for the past couple of years, it's been like a flippin' fandango of a non-stop cussfest in the world of letters. 

Self-help publishing seems to be particularly potty-mouthed, perhaps for obvious reasons. There are books telling us to eff things:

F Feelings, by Michael L. Bennett, M.D., and Sarah Bennett

F*ck Feelings, by Michael L. Bennett, M. D., and Sarah Bennett

ebook * e-audiobook

 

F Love, by Michael L. Bennett, M. D., and Sarah Bennett

F*ck Love, by Michael L. Bennett and Sarah Bennett

 e-audiobook

 

...and not to:

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving an F, by Sarah Knight

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, by Sarah Knight

ebook    *   e-audiobook

 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving an F  by Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson

ebook  *   e-audiobook

 

...and to un-eff them:

 

Un f Your Brain, by Faith G. Harper

Unf*ck Your Brain, by Faith G. Harper

 

The Brave Athlete: Calm the F Down and Rise to the Occasion, by Simon Marshall and Lesley Patterson

The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion, by Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson

ebook

 

...and, just for variety: 

 

The French Art of Not Giving an S cut the crap and live your life  by Fabrice Midal

The French Art of Not Giving a Sh*t, by Fabrice Midal

 

 

Get Your S Together, by Sarah Knight

Get Your Sh*t Together, by Sarah Knight

 

And that's just the self-help section. Coming soon: Sweary Books: Dining and Etiquette edition. 

 

What do you think about the sweary book phenomenon? And what's your favourite fake swear word? Let us know in the comments. 

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