I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: The cult hit everyone is talking about

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I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: The cult hit everyone is talking about

I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: The cult hit everyone is talking about

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For ten years, she received psychiatric treatment for dysthymia (persistent mild depression), which became the subject of her essays, and then I Want to Die, but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki . He is the winner of a PEN Translates grant and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, among many others, and his translations include Kyung-Sook Shin's Violets, Bora Chung's Cursed Bunny, and Sang Young Park's Love in the Big City. The reason for her decision to open up her sessions to the wider world is to show others who may be suffering from similar issues that they’re not alone. I didn't finish the book in one seating, it took a whole deal lot of times, but I am utterly grateful for it. I wanted this book to be emotionally revitalising, thought-provoking, and poignant, but it disappointed on every front.

Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case (for me, at least) – in fact, it’s probably a timely lesson in checking books out more closely before reaching out for a review copy. I do hope that this is not what she actually said to the main character because I find the analysis hopelessly nonsensical. This is a book that is revolutionary because it’s written by a woman and it’s talking about a lot of issues that are often swept under the rug in the author’s culture. Baek was in her 20s and workThis is a hard book to review or rate because according to how it is being marketed it is supposed to be "part memoir" and "part self help", but then, it is neither. I had prayed for 2020 to start of well for me, but alas, January did not end as the best time for me.

The author and therapist both acknowledge that at the end - there's no conclusion, there's just this. and i finally picked up the book during a really bad mental health week, which was actually a good choice because it was nice to escape into someone else's problems, self-analyses, and anxieties (although it did make me question whether i'm doing therapy right).Baek Sehee] uses months of (real) transcripts from her therapy sessions to explore her own depression and anxiety, always tiptoeing toward something like self-awareness. I get that therapy is to some extent an outstanding Socratic dialogue but it felt like there should have been more of a guiding influence here to keep the author from looping into these cycles. This takes place over the course of twelve weeks, and if you go into this book expecting more than simple conversations about therapy and the sad feelings Baek is going up against every day in her life, then you’re probably not going to be a fan of this book. At some point, she finally decides enough’s enough and plucks up the courage to take herself off to therapy.

In the end, my hope is for people to read this book and think, I wasn’t the only person who felt like this; or, I see now that people live with this.Update: Forgot to put this in my review originally but one other thing I appreciated about this book is that the author is outspoken about her feelings about mental health and it's my understanding that a lot of Asian cultures tend to frown on this, so having such a visible figure doing this in an open way and receiving support is great. In the end, reading this book was like experiencing someone's inner monologue: someone who's trying to figure out their own traumas and motivations, drifting from thought to thought at will.

For a book that supposedly lays it all out, it lacked depth in terms of allowing the reader to step into the author's experiences with her struggles with her mental health (examples of books I read recently that did this well: The Limits of My Language: Meditations on Depression by Eva Meijer, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person by Anna Mehler Paperny). Recording her dialogues with her psychiatrist over a 12-week period, Baek begins to disentangle the feedback loops, knee-jerk reactions and harmful behaviours that keep her locked in a cycle of self-abuse. They (their gender is never revealed) give advice which in my cultural environment would be highly unprofessional (not to say that it isn’t helpful at all): “Just tell yourself, ‘I won’t drink so much next time’” or “Try to enjoy the present” or “Don’t think about the future too much. They didn’t probe thoroughly enough, often didn’t seem to ask the right and most obvious questions, didn’t address extreme patriarchy, which made me see clearly how much the therapist is the product of their culture, in which abuse towards women and alcoholism are normalised. The challenge for us all is to have as good a mental health as you can have, within the constraints of your own personality, and managing those needs so that they are realistic.

Sometimes the advice the therapists gave would make me side-eye too, but I think that's largely because mental health, patriarchy, and work culture in South Korea is still something to be worked on even among mental health professionals.



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