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You Don't Need Therapy. The SYSO System. 7 Steps to Sort Your Sh*t Out

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Loved it! 😍

Alan Lucas' fresh approach to a self-help mental health novel is unusual but unique, after a testing year, this one is a must-read.

I have to be honest, when I first read the title of this book I was a little unsure, it came across as what I can only describe to be "tough love", but we have all been taught not to judge a book by its cover and so I decided to journey on through.


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.


The use 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 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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I am a Mental Wellbeing and Self-Improvement writer but I also read and write book reviews on various genres on my blog. I have experience blogging for mental health charity, Bath Mind and I have worked with publishing company, Trigger Publishing to review some of their books.

Sort Your Self Out

About the author

Alan Lucas was born and raised in Belfast during the troubles. A former marketing boss at global sportswear brands Nike and Adidas and he has founded various businesses. An entrepreneur, coach and motivational speaker. Created the EGO HERE® brand which donates its profits to the SYSO Foundation view profile

Published on January 12, 2021

Published by Beak Street Publishing

80000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Self-Help & Self-Improvement

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