Don't make mountains out of molehills: Rafael Santandreu Lorite

Don't make mountains of molehills

Don't make mountains of molehills

Don't make mountains out of molehills (and everything is molehills) is a self-help and personal improvement book written by the Spanish psychologist, university professor and author Rafael Santandreu Lorite. The work, which has the alternative title Reeducate your mind for happiness, was published by the Grijalbo publishing house on April 4, 2024, and has received mostly positive options from readers.

The volume has been so popular among self-help devotees that Its average rating ranges between 3.78 and 4,2 stars on Goodreads and Amazon, respectively. Praise for the author ranges from his simple narrative style to his basis in scientific studies to address most topics. On the other hand, some consumers have complained about the final chapter and its message.

Synopsis of Don't make mountains of molehills

The author of the bestseller The Art of Not Making Life Bitter presents…

Rafael Santandreu Lorite returns to the roots of cognitive psychology to address topics such as the fight against obesity, the formula for professional success, the search for true happiness, self-esteem, overcoming emotional losses, relationships and the best way to react to the various obstacles that arise throughout a lifetime.

With this in mind, the author creates a practical guide to maintain a better relationship with our mind and emotions, in addition to promising the following: “Every day you will feel happier”, “You will hardly be angry anymore”, “The inconveniences will go unnoticed”, “You will really want to undertake projects”, “You will be delighted with yourself and others”. It sounds like a lot of work right?

General objectives of Don't make mountains of molehills

Among the objectives of the book is to reeducate the mind for happiness, which means that, as it is read, The author proposes a series of psychological tools that allow us to face various challenges. Among the most important are: “Achieve a personal goal, such as losing weight or achieving professional success” and “Improve your relationship with others, and work better as a successful team or manage relationships as a couple.”.

Likewise, the author proposes in his self help text “Face fears and question existential issues,” “Be more positive in your life and with yourself” and “Know how to manage stress effectively.” At the same time, the writer's ultimate goal is to sell a formula to achieve a mentality through which to feel increasingly happy, in addition to avoiding constant anger and enjoying high self-esteem.

The field of positive psychology

Positive psychology is described as the scientific study of any inherently positive activity, thought or trait that we can use to our advantage to improve our quality of life. This, as well as cognitive and behavioral psychology, This is what Rafael Santandreu Lorite relies on to build the compendium of fundamental tools in his book.

Don't make mountains of molehills focuses on the thousands of academic studies that support positive psychology, and also in the experiences of their own and other patients, who have managed to overcome the challenges of their individual lives through behaviors that reduce each problem to a merely objective level, in order to allay concerns and obtain peace.

Narrative resources of the work

The author explains that problems are like small grains of sand, and not like insurmountable mountains. To clarify this idea, he gathers metaphors, stories, illustrations and anecdotes from real life., with which it compares and conceptualizes the repetition of patterns of unhealthy behaviors for self-love, tranquility and total personal satisfaction with life.

The agile narration and simple language make this book a material for both comfort and entertainment as well as learning. The peculiarity of Don't make mountains of molehills lies in the proposal of Rafael Santandreu about a profound transformation of mentality, promoting a more optimistic and satisfied attitude towards life, which requires a lot of practice.

About the content of the work

The opening chapter presents a compilation of the philosophy of life based on cognitive psychology and the root idea of ​​"not needing anything" to be happy. On the other hand, from the second section, the writer includes some ideas from other authors that do not have sufficient support enough to assume a scientific position, so it loses credibility and forcefulness in the eyes of the reader.

For its part, the last section talks about how to face death. From now on, the author seems to abandon psychology to pursue religious and spiritual theories, trying to sell its premises as something scientifically proven. This, it must be said, is very difficult to happen, given that these ideologies are usually governed by faith and not by method or research.

About the Author

Rafael Santandreu Lorite was born on December 8, 1969, in Barcelona, ​​Spain. The writer graduated in Psychology from the university of his hometown. Later, he began teaching classes at a higher level at the Ramon Llull University. She then studied with Giorgio Nardone, the director of the Graduate School of Brief Strategic Psychotherapy, located in Arezzo.

Likewise, Santandreu Lorite is a teacher of doctors and psychologists, and is dedicated to dissemination through media such as the magazine Mente Sana. One of the most outstanding characteristics of his narrative style has to do with the creation of neologisms such as “erribilitis”, “necessititis”, “enoughness”, as well as the design of the slogan “Life is a bargain” and many others. .

Other books by Rafael Santandreu Lorite

  • The art of not embittering life (2011);
  • school of happiness (2014);
  • The glasses of happiness (2015);
  • Be happy in Alaska. Strong minds against all odds (2017);
  • Nothing is so terrible: The philosophy of the strongest and happiest (2018);
  • Without fear (2021);
  • The method to live without fear (2023)

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