In my friend circle, this book has been both recommended as one of the most impactful reads published in the past few years, and also one of the most overrated. I think I get it.

The dialogue in the English translation—and perhaps the original?—is quite contrived and, at times, condescending. It’s a Socratic-style conversation between a young person and a sage-like philosopher, talking about Adlerian psychology. I learned a lot, and it’s helped me reframe my actions into goals-based evaluations (What goal do I have that leads to this behavior?).

There’s several overlapping ideas between Adlerian psychology and Nonviolent Communication. I recommend the print book over the audiobook due to the narration style.