REVIEW: Being and Awesomeness: Get Rad, Stay Rad by Tiffany Tuttle


Being and Awesomeness: Get Rad, Stay Rad is the first book by clinical psychologist Dr. Tiffany Tuttle, who has a private practice in Farmington Hills, Michigan. In her attempt to take the “sigh” out of psychology, Dr. Tuttle breathes new life into the field by celebrating self-help. She is unapologetic about her sense of humor and uses it to keep readers engaged so they can learn how to enhance their quality of life. Coming to terms with the past, understanding how early attachments influence today’s behavior, conquering depression and anxiety, increasing self-awareness, finding ways to boost motivation and actually follow through on making positive changes are among the topics Dr. Tuttle examines in this useful, surprisingly wise handbook.

Being and Awesomeness is for individuals 18 and up, whether they are current or former psychotherapy patients or think psychology is a hot pile of doo-doo. If you have an open mind, a desire to be the best version of yourself, and can tolerate hearing someone be called a shitbird, cunty, or a weenie in order to illustrate a point, this is the self-help book for you.

“There is a shared emotional suffering among us humans. We need to learn about it, accept it, and move through it so we can live happy and meaningful lives. This book has massive chunks of useful information with splashes of potty humor all mixed together. Consider it a toilet of enlightenment that will teach you how to flush your problems away.” –Tiffany Tuttle, Psy.D

Personally I have never been one for self help books. I’ve always found them too…clinical. Too wordy. Too stuffy.

Being and Awesomeness was not any of those things.

It was exceptionally refreshing. Dense in Psychological concepts and concerns yet interesting and wonderfully engaging.

I never knew a self help book could be so funny! Tuttle’s sense of humor was definitely a high point of this book

I feel like reading self help books have a very negative stigma around them and it’s a stigma that extends to those who read them, that they are complete and utter losers and in a way I think that the books themselves reflect that ‘you’re-a-loser’ connotation. Those self help books aren’t all that helpful in the long run.

This book was FUN to read. The voice was extremely engaging and surprisingly witty, which carried on through each chapter.

The book itself was riddled with fun and satirical sketches and diagrams as well as really interactive ‘fill in the blank’ kind of sections. It’s a lot more than just reading some words about bettering thy self.

Self help books aren’t for everyone, however if you aren’t in the greatest head space and need a little extra guidance, I strongly suggest trying this book out.


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