I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: The cult hit everyone is talking about
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Slightly longer version: This book was a little too bare for my tastes and not as intimate or in-depth as I would have expected from reading transcripts of therapy sessions. I had wanted to love this book, and that is exactly how it ended to be—and perhaps I love it more than I had hoped. And if you find a therapist similar to the author’s psychiatrist - run away and find a more competent professional. I have heard of this level of incompetence from some of my Asian students and I don’t need to mention how extremely frustrated it makes me.
i get why therapists might review this and rate it low, but as someone who just wanted to be a fly on the wall and absorb this book for what it is (a transcript of client/therapist conversations), i really did enjoy it. The antidepressants will lift you from the ground a little more, and I’ll also include some mood stabilisers”. The world tends to focus too much on the very bright or the very dark; many of my own friends find my type of depression baffling. It’s a book featuring a woman looking back at her issues, reflecting on them and reaching out in an attempt to help. At once personal and universal, this book is about finding a path to awareness, understanding, and wisdom.I’m glad the author had a relatively easy time understanding and working through her issues, but it didn’t feel very real to me unfortunately. each chapter brought on new issues and we slightly pick up from the previous chapter but there is no overall character growth. She talks about feeling really, really sad and going through tough things like being bullied and feeling lost. Sehee’s mission to normalize conversation about mental illness is an admirable one, but this memoir fails to animate that goal. Baek was in her 20s and work
It made me realize that reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness, but a courageous step toward getting better. At some point, she finally decides enough’s enough and plucks up the courage to take herself off to therapy. Nevertheless, I saw myself in Baek's lived experiences, and I still enjoyed the candid way she dealt with her feelings and reactions.
I think the barrier to entry for this book for Westerners, too, is not understanding how stigmatized all of this is for Koreans. In this candid if stilted debut, South Korean essayist Sehee documents the intensive therapy sessions that led her out of depression and anxiety.
It was pretty obvious for me from the beginning that Baek may be experiencing a burnout and may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (she ticks all the boxes) but the psychiatrist does not suggest or imply it even once. Diriku adalah sesuatu yang harus kubantu secara perlahan, kutuntun selangkah demi selangkah dengan penuh kasih sayang dan kehangatan. I WANT TO DIE BUT I WANT TO EAT TTEOKBOKKI has a fantastic, catchy title, which was what originally gravitated me towards this book. Grateful for Baek Se-Hee’s bravery, for her therapist’s support, and for stumbling upon this incredible work.I’ve got to accept that everyone has a flaw or two, and first and foremost, see myself as I am first.