What If You're Not As F***ed Up As You Think You Are?

How We Come To Believe Lies About Ourselves and What We Can Do to Change Them

Non-Fiction - Self Help
288 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2023
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Author Biography

Dr. Adriana Popescu is a licensed clinical psychologist, addiction and trauma specialist, author, speaker, thought leader, and empowerment coach. She has dedicated her career to the exploration of holistic and groundbreaking approaches to working with addiction, trauma, mental illness, and self-esteem.

She is the author of What If You’re Not As F***ed Up As You Think You Are? and the co-author of several workbooks in the Conscious Recovery series with TJ Woodward, including Conscious Being, Conscious Recovery for Addiction, Conscious Recovery for Mental Health, and Conscious Creation.

As the host of the popular and visionary podcast, Kaleidoscope of Possibilities: Alternative Perspectives on Mental Health, she has interviewed many leaders in the field of mental health, consciousness, healing, spirituality, recovery and beyond.

Dr. Popescu is also the founder and CEO of Firebird Healing, a trauma-healing center located in Northern California, and the Clinical Director of Avery Lane, a women's treatment center for co-occurring disorders and trauma.

Her vision is to create a world in which people are empowered with tools to change whatever is not working for them, overcome their imagined limitations, and create a life of infinite possibilities.




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    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Human beings tend to overindulge in their shortcomings, which leads to a lack of self-awareness and self-belief. Add to that low self-esteem, and it's a recipe for disaster. Growing up in a not-so-ideal home and suffering from Lyme disease, Dr. Adriana Popescu turned to holistic techniques rooted in Chinese and Indian medicine. After examining the human condition through another lens, she concluded that everything was changeable. In What If You're Not As F***ed Up As You Think You Are, Dr. Popescu draws upon her over twenty-five years of experience as a licensed clinical psychologist, addiction and trauma specialist, and empowerment coach to help broaden your points of view and live a life of infinite possibilities. Learn to let go of confirmation bias and false beliefs, identify psychological reversals, and more.

Our surrounding environment constantly conditions us, and our perspectives create the circumstances of our lives. That's why empowering ourselves and trusting our knowledge is important. With What If You're Not As F***ked Up As You Think You Are, you will learn how subconscious beliefs shape our perception of reality and trauma's role in how we see ourselves. At the end of each chapter, Dr. Adriana Popescu provides readers with interactive questionnaires, techniques, examples, and exercises to help them better acquaint themselves with the topic of the relative chapter. All in all, I found the book very informative and motivational. Highly recommended.

Iza Grek

In What If You’re Not As F***ed Up As You Think You Are? author Adriana Popescu offers a deep insight into human psychology backed by credible research and practical tools to apply the concepts she describes. Adriana has structured her writing as an academic text with chapter summaries, takeaways, and practice tools for “homework” concluding each one. This makes the work accessible and usable. While much of what she has written has become familiar in psychological circles, some of her findings are profound. One of these was that our self-sabotaging narrative could begin as early as “in utero” and continue to form until age seven. Of course, the title is somewhat confronting, but I have long wondered about it. I am not disabled nor do I have a tragic life story, yet limiting beliefs control my behavior. It was refreshing to learn that this is quite “normal.”

One of the highlights was Adriana Popescu’s discussion about self-criticism. This may seem obvious with ‘negative’ judgments, but what about ‘positive’ judgments? “The problem is that you can’t have one side of the polarity without the other. If you are seeking validation, positive approval, or reinforcement, then you have already decided that you are bad or wrong. They go together and lead you to swing back and forth between the two poles.” I also enjoyed her description of self-sabotage as “psychological reversal,” explaining it as “being on the verge of getting what you desire then it all somehow falls apart.” What If You’re Not As F***ed Up As You Think You Are? is an excellent text, useful for academics as well as lay people wanting to better understand themselves.

Jennie More

What If You're Not As F***ed Up As You Think You Are? by Dr. Adriana Popescu is a wonderful resource that empowers people to take back control of their lives, feelings, surroundings, and reactions to the world around them. Dr. Popescu explains how we view ourselves in often negative and limiting ways. She provides easy and free tools that we can access and implement daily at home to help us expand ourselves and our viewpoint to become the infinite beings we are capable of being. Interesting topics in this book include the various types of trauma and how it can affect your perspective and physically throughout adulthood unless you address it. Popescu explains how trauma intersects with becoming an empath and how you can use this as a strength. She helps the reader understand that they don't need to absorb the negative energies of the people and environment around them and which tools can help release this.

What If You're Not As F***ed Up As You Think You Are? by Dr. Adriana Popescu is an absorbing and compelling self-help book about the human mind and the impact of our thoughts and emotions on our physical being and our possibilities. Dr. Popescu cites relevant and insightful resources that give people the tools they need to take action and make meaningful progress with their mental health to help overcome the limitations that come with any form of trauma experienced in an individual's life. Dr. Popescu advocates for questioning any limiting beliefs and reframing traumatic scripts that we repeat to ourselves daily that prevent us from becoming the infinite beings we can become. I enjoyed reading this book; Dr. Popescu gave me new insights, tools, and perspectives on responding to surrounding energies.

Despina Raceanu

"What If You're Not As F***ked Up As You Think You Are?" is an invitation to pay attention to yourself, to observe yourself, to know that you can polish (through using the tools provided by the book) the aspects of your life that do not work as you wish.
It is a recommendation to, (and not limited only to that) cultivate the habit of asking questions, by asking questions/ being willing to hear the answers/ knowing what works for you, you create a glimmer of light where it is unknown, and this light will contribute that the unknown to become known.