An Honest Review of the NYT Bestseller 'Untamed'
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"People will like me or not, but being liked is not my One Thing; integrity is."
Glennon Doyle's "Untamed" is a self-help/memoir novel that focuses on finding your true self and not being afraid to show that self to the world. It really relies on psychology similar to Carl Jung where he talks about the Persona and the Self. The persona is the mask we show to the world, and the self is our inner truth. Glennon's book really encourages readers to go wildly after their true self and to stop masking who they are. It also really encourages readers, especially women, to trust their inner knowing.
I have a ton of quotes I underlined in this book that I found motivational and helpful. She really made me think, too, about how women are silently conditioned to be small, shy, and fragile in our society. I appreciated that unlike many books, though, she didn't just explore gender stereotypes with women; she included a chapter that explores how we are conditioning men to tame themselves as well.
I did think the first half of the book was stronger than the last half only because it felt more focused and purposeful. The last half of the book felt a bit repetitive and all over the place. Additionally, I think it is very clear what Doyle's political views are. If you had different political views that her, I think it might feel like you were being criticized at certain points in the book. I think one could take the message in certain chapters to be: Listen to your inner voice of truth, unless that voice tells you something different than Glennon's political beliefs. I am not a political person and do not align with any political party, but I definitely think in certain chapters certain political views are challenged. With that being said, I think as long as you remember that every book is an expression of the author's views and it's up to you to take what you will from it, everyone can benefit from this book.
Overall, I think this book is a read modern society should explore because in a world that praises conformity and exhaustion, Glennon reminds us to take a moment and "be still and know."
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