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October 13, 2012    
 
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Author
L. Ron Hubbard

The Problems of Work (1956): Most people spend 7/10s of their awake life in pursuits related to work. This book was written to explain Scientology tools and basic principles that of use in improving that 7/10s of existence. Subjects covered include how do deal with confusion and confusing circumstances, the anatomy of good control, a description of life as a game, the secret of efficiency, how to handle exhaustion, and the affinity-reality-communication triangle.

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Reviewed by atkinsjennifer82 April 15, 2015
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This book has helped me with my everyday attitude to work

You have to apply it... It won't work if you don't...

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This book has helped me with my everyday attitude to work. I am much more organised and things are simpler now. There is a really good DVD which goes with it which makes it a lot easier to understand. http://www.scientology.org.au/~scientologyaus/shop/scientology-dvds/the-problems-of-work-dvd
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You have to apply it... It won't work if you don't...

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Reviewed by ul2106 November 20, 2012
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Some parts of it could be used for coaching with business partners.
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I haven't read the book for quite a long time. But I remember that the first time I read the book, it was part of the introduction course I was doing at the Church of Scientology of Toronto late sixties. Was it because the theory of the book was complemented with doingness or was it because it was quite a welcome contrast to the heavy significance of my university studies, but this simple book has been surprisingly the most helpful tool in my life. I used a lots of these concepts when I was a church staff member on the bottom and top of the ladder and later on in various other jobs. How to deal with confusion and how to handle exhaustion is a welcome tool as an accountant when you have to deal with end of the year financial reports. Pierre Robillard.
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Reviewed by A Bit Brighter November 17, 2012
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simple but useful

I haven't read the book for quite a long time. But I remember that the first time I read the book, it was part of the introduction course I was doing at the Church of Scientology of Toronto late sixties. Was it because the theory of the book was complemented with doingness or was it because it was quite a welcome contrast to the heavy significance of my university studies, but this simple book has been surprisingly the most helpful tool in my life. I used a lots of these concepts when I was a church staff member on the bottom and top of the ladder and later on in various other jobs. How to deal with confusion and how to handle exhaustion is a welcome tool as an accountant when you have to deal with end of the year financial reports. Pierre Robillard.

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simple and useful
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none, although probably better if it's included in a good introductory course.

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This is another book that I really like. It has plenty of practical insights. I agree with some of the other reviewers, though. It does seem a bit more like compilation of separate works that fit into the subject of "work." And I don't really see it as a "business book." To me, it's more of a "some things you might like to understand before you try to get a job done or work with other people" sort of book. Some of the information isn't exactly ground-breaking, but the information on control and the way to put in order are enough for me to recommend the book to anyone in any situation -- highly applicable to more than the workplace. I read this book while I was still in school and (along with study technology) it has served me well in my career and life.
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Reviewed by cyntheta November 11, 2012
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Good for More than Work

This is another book that I really like. It has plenty of practical insights. I agree with some of the other reviewers, though. It does seem a bit more like compilation of separate works that fit into the subject of "work." And I don't really see it as a "business book." To me, it's more of a "some things you might like to understand before you try to get a job done or work with other people" sort of book. Some of the information isn't exactly ground-breaking, but the information on control and the way to put in order are enough for me to recommend the book to anyone in any situation -- highly applicable to more than the workplace. I read this book while I was still in school and (along with study technology) it has served me well in my career and life.

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This was an odd book to me. (read it in 1972) The practical part of the book was complicated and much of the written parts did not seem like LRH's wrote it. It seemed more like a "compiled from the works of LRH" type book??? I don't know, but I didn't find it useful for work or for problems...
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Reviewed by Robert Almblad November 11, 2012
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Mostly authored by someone else

This was an odd book to me. (read it in 1972) The practical part of the book was complicated and much of the written parts did not seem like LRH's wrote it. It seemed more like a "compiled from the works of LRH" type book??? I don't know, but I didn't find it useful for work or for problems...

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I like the simple ideas such as finding a stable point where there is confusion, and the general approach to the problems of work. However, some work environments are so insane that the good advice given in this book simply cannot be applied, and the only sane thing one can do is walk away. Bit like corporate Scientology, really - when you have sociopathic dictators take control, one simply cannot apply sane principles in that situation. There are a lot of working environments (corporate and government) where this has happened, and sociopaths have taken over, leading to horrible working conditions, and driving out the most skilled people.

However, for saner working environments, the book has some useful pointers, especially in frankly explaining how intelligence and ability/competence are not always factors in being successful.
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Reviewed by eagle November 11, 2012
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A little gem

I like the simple ideas such as finding a stable point where there is confusion, and the general approach to the problems of work. However, some work environments are so insane that the good advice given in this book simply cannot be applied, and the only sane thing one can do is walk away. Bit like corporate Scientology, really - when you have sociopathic dictators take control, one simply cannot apply sane principles in that situation. There are a lot of working environments (corporate and government) where this has happened, and sociopaths have taken over, leading to horrible working conditions, and driving out the most skilled people.

However, for saner working environments, the book has some useful pointers, especially in frankly explaining how intelligence and ability/competence are not always factors in being successful.

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ex-Scientologist

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Pros
Contains some simple truths and helpful ideas to approach the chaotic everyday world of work.
Cons
It does not always work like this in the real world.

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It is not so much about work, but about the people we work with. Has helpful data to understand some of the mysteries of why people act as they do. I found that it made me more tolerant.
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Reviewed by pmm0724 November 10, 2012
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Simple Yet Useful

It is not so much about work, but about the people we work with. Has helpful data to understand some of the mysteries of why people act as they do. I found that it made me more tolerant.

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I like the basic data but prefer some real business books and audios on the market.
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Reviewed by mkmrmny November 10, 2012
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A little too simple for a business book

I like the basic data but prefer some real business books and audios on the market.

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Some good practical data.

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