the like switch book coverReviewed by Garret Rose

Humans have the need to love and to be loved. Relationships are integral to our growth as well as a means to help us navigate through an interesting and sometimes difficult world. Sometimes that doesn’t come easy. If you are an introvert, a.k.a. a shy person, or timid around people, then The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over can be a great fit for you. It can teach you how to look for signs of attraction (either friendly or romantic), as well as how to maintain the appropriate space, eye contact, and physical contact in a budding relationship. Schafer and Karlins give advice on the “Friendship Formula”, “The Laws of Attraction”, “The Curiosity Hook”, and a very important chapter at the end titled “The Perils and Promise of Relationships in a Digital World”. If you are a person who feels that they need help in these areas or others, than this informational book can be a helpful tool and guide.

There are moments where this can feel a little like Emmet’s guide from The Lego Movie titled “How to make friends and have everybody like you”. Perhaps the reviewer didn’t need information on how to make better eye contact as well as appropriate stances for conversations. Some of the information was self-explanatory, but then again, one never knows. This book can be a useful tool into building better relationships as well as a source for some very astute and interesting anecdotes for the strategies given.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.