Something as complex as human emotions is a subject of study and observation not just for psychologists but also for any other person interested in understanding them. Due to the different ways of feeling them and expressing them, human beings differ from one another at their emotional levels and the way they perceive things. In her book “The Mind Game,” Devika Das addresses these complex issues and attempts to explore different aspects that surround the emotional growth and quotient of a person. The well thought and constructed book help the readers work on their personalities and comes as a guide to help them become a better version of their selves as they read through the book.
The author gives the book the title “The Mind Game” very concisely as it is the mind which comes into play when it is about handling and taking care of things the right way, and understanding emotions would also be done in the same manner. In light of this, she divides the book into 6 sections with separate chapters each and an introduction to each section. This division makes the book altogether concise and practical and helps the readers get better clarity over the ideas that may otherwise appear abstract. As she progresses per section, she begins from the basics of why and how things happen and then suggests how to deal with them and turn them in one’s favor.
“The Mind Game” is about dealing with emotional issues of all sorts, but it begins the right way which is to be familiar with them first. By getting familiar, a reader would be able to understand his/her reactions to a situation and understand how the emotions of a person operate. As the book progresses, the author shares valuable tips and tricks with the readers to ensure that they have a smooth and comfortable life and have fewer probabilities of experiencing emotional turmoil. In the midst of this, the effects that the readers have on their personalities impact an emotional front and nurture their public and private conduct. Hence, reading this book is all together is a good choice for the readers. This also gives an introduction to the insightfulness of the author and her in-depth understanding of human nature.
“The Mind Game” is a book that is open to recommendation to people of all age groups and backgrounds. The fact that the book is non-fictional in nature and studies the most abstract things that a person only feels and sometimes finds difficulty in expressing would make the book an instant attraction for many. At the same time, the readers would also be able to improve themselves by being familiar with their emotions and giving them proper channels instead of controlling them or trying to ignore or resist them. Ignoring, resisting, and controlling may seem solutions to many, but they are only short-term. The outburst is more prominent when they appear later. The difference in human personalities is because of this to a large extent. Hence, ignoring is certainly not the solution.
Das resorts to simple techniques of sharing her ideas in concise points instead of long theoretical paragraphs to make things easier for the readers. This may have led to the chapters being more as the content was divided, but this would ultimately help the readers. It aids the readers in grasping and retaining her ideas for longer, and they are able to implement them in their lives much more. It would also not be wrong to say that “The Mind Game” is not a book which a reader can go through once and forget. It needs to be read again and again because every time a reader would read the book, they would discover new aspects and new points that they could implement in their lives to make them better and smooth. The younger readers may find it a bit difficult to understand and connect with the author’s words due to their lack of experience of life, but reading the book would be beneficial for them in the long term. Grown-up readers would find the difference in their personalities and understand their responses to things and their reasons. It would also help them understand the states of mind of the family members and would enable them to treat them better and help them in the best ways possible.
Keeping all this in mind, recommending this book to all would only mean doing justice to the author’s hard work, which she gave words effortlessly and concisely. The readers should go through “The Mind Game” and understand that they can win their emotions to their side and be more competent in handling the challenges life would throw at them through the mind game.