You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Understanding the Hidden Forces That Make You You

You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Understanding the Hidden Forces That Make You You

Why is there such a gap between what you want to do and what you actually do? The host of Ask Science Mike and co-host of The Liturgists Podcast explains why our desires and our real lives are so wildly different—and what you can do to close the gap.

For thousands of years, scientists, philosophers, and self-help gurus have wrestled with one of the basic conundrums of human life: Why do we do the things we do? Or, rather, why do we so often not do the things we want to do? As a podcast host whose voice goes out to millions each month, Mike McHargue gets countless emails from people seeking to understand their own misbehavior—why we binge on Netflix when we know taking a walk outside would be better for us, or why we argue politics on Facebook when our real friends live just down the street. Everyone wants to be a good person, but few of us, twenty years into the new millennium, have any idea how to do that.

In You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass), McHargue addresses these issues. We like to think we’re in control of our thoughts and decisions, he writes, but science has shown that a host of competing impulses, emotions, and environmental factors are at play in every action we undertake. Touching on his podcast listeners’ most pressing questions, from relationships and ethics to stress and mental health, and sharing some of the biggest triumphs and hardships from his own life, McHargue shows us how some of our qualities that seem most frustrating—including “negative” emotions like sadness, anger, and anxiety—are actually key to helping humans survive and thrive. In doing so, he invites us on a path of self-understanding and, ultimately, self-acceptance.

You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) is a guided tour through the mystery of human consciousness, showing readers how to live more at peace with themselves in a complex world.

Title:You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Understanding the Hidden Forces That Make You You
ISBN:9781984823243
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  • Mike

    I left a joke review of my first book that read:"It's easily the best book I've ever written. Of course, it's also the only book I've ever written."The review I'm leaving for this, my second book, is ...

  • Paul Wheeler

    I loved this book! The goal of the author is "to introduce you to the marvelous miracle you meet in the mirror every morning." The book is part memoir, and part an easily digestible analysis of some o...

  • Becki

    I've been a fan of author and pod-castor "Science Mike" McHargue for a number of years. In fact, my first exposure to him was his *first* book (Finding God in the Waves), about how he left evangelical...

  • Amanda Osenga

    I freaking love this book. I've been a fan of Science Mike's for quite some time now and he outdid himself with this one. It's full of fascinating research, heartfelt stories, and insight that's easy ...

  • Bilyana 'Jane'

    This book was a very interesting read, especially for someone like me, who doesn’t reach for non-fiction often. I love reading and learning about other people’s journeys of self-love and acceptanc...

  • Steph

    Mike,Please stop reading all your reviews ❤️ But I know you will read them anyway, haha, so here’s a personal note of thanks. We are very different in many surface-level ways but deep down I fee...

  • Susie

    Interesting and thought provoking book. I didn’t expect to enjoy it, if I’m honest.Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review....

  • Clint Archer

    If your own emotions have ever confused you, and you also enjoy a bit of nerdy brain science, you’ll probably find this book super interesting. I can’t recommend this book enough!I’ve followed t...

  • Mary

    I won an ARC of this book. It is very easy to read and filled with good advice. The author explains his points in clear simple terms and uses good analogies to enhance understanding. There are basic e...

  • Tara

    Ah, the plight of the middle-aged white guy. Your life is hard. How do you find the strength to continue? There were a few good nuggets and I appreciated that he had done his scientific research, but ...