Beyond that age range, I regard it as a must-read for almost everybody.
If you're under the age of 20, you may not have enough life experience to fully grasp the key concepts. But if you can...damn are you going to be ahead of the curve as you enter your twenties.
A common Amazon comment on the book, by older people like myself is, "Damn I wish I'd read this book when I was 20".
If you're paruretic...I'd say it's a must-read at any age.
The books concept is simple...like graduated exposure is simple.
The books concept is extraordinarily complex...like graduated exposure is extraordinarily complex.
The phrase "graduated exposure" is self-defining.
You'd THINK that everything you need to know and understand about it...is contained in the phrase itself.
Time after time, paruretic after paruretic, I see confirmation that almost nobody fully grasps HOW to correctly apply graduated exposure...simply by knowing the phrase. A much deeper understanding is required in order for it to be effective.
If you've followed my posted thoughts here and over on the IPA board, you've heard me express that opinion with comments like...
And THAT seems "gradual" to you? That's flooding, a proven way to further traumatize yourself.
If you can't use a stall, either standing or sitting...why are you standing at urinals as your recovery starting point?
Scott's book isn't about paruresis.
It's a detailed explanation of why "systems" are better than "goals".
The concept of "systems" over "goals" is extremely relevant to recovery from paruresis.
Scott Adams (Author):
I should add that the author (my brother) is also a recovered paruretic.Systems are something you do on a regular basis to improve the odds of a good outcome, but you might not know exactly what the outcome will be. That gives you the most ways to win. A goal gives you exactly ONE way to win - the goal itself - and that's not always the smart way to go when the environment is complicated and unpredictable.
Here's a link to the book on Amazon...
http://www.amazon.com/How-Fail-Almost-E ... 690&sr=1-1