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Break Up With Yourself by Rish Mitra is a self-help book designed to assist men when they decide to break away from toxic thought patterns. The author draws from his personal experience as he relates situations where he felt judged and encourages his readers to adopt a new perspective. At the end of each chapter, the author provides worksheets to help readers apply the material in each section to their lives.
The theme of the book centers around self-worth and awareness of toxic stereotypes. Rish Mitra provides statistics that illuminate the stigma around the roles boys are led to assume. He highlights how the application of the advice will help both men and women and lists societal slights against women as he outlines the need for a transition in thinking. Mitra doesn’t shy away from difficult topics, citing his sons as his inspiration for promoting awareness about the effects of toxic masculinity. The author doesn’t leave his readers after the book concludes.
At the beginning of the book, Mitra encourages them to download a calendar to help them begin their journey into positivity, and he provides resources in his non-profit organization, the Dads and Deadlifts Foundation, to provide strategies for overcoming emotional and mental trauma. Break Up With Yourself would be a wonderful gift for men who have struggled with labels and depression. It would also benefit women readers, as the book could show them how to better understand the men in their lives and may give them the blueprint for raising more emotionally healthy sons.