Admit it! I’m sure you’ve told a lie or two in your time. You may even think of yourself as good at it. Does it really help? Or is it just leading you to a delusional way of life by covering up the flaws that might in fact really be blessings? The Skeleton Code: A Satirical Guide to Secret Keeping by Ken Massey and Alla Campanella could be the book you need to live a happier life.
If you are looking for better ways to keep secrets or hide the Skeletons in your closet, this book has that. It gets into how to distract people from seeing through your lies, how to use plausible deniability, how to use celebrities as examples on keeping your secrets and much more. As this book outlines great and humorous ways to keep your secrets, it slowly moves forward to it’s real point, which is to say the best way to keep your secrets hidden is by not having them.
While I think this book really has its moments, the problem is that it’s a little long. The Skeleton Code makes its point about how ridiculous lying about yourself is, pretty quickly. Then its a little like beating a dead horse. It’s a funny book, but when I got to the middle I found myself thinking “ok I get your point, you can stop now.” That being said, towards the end of the book it picks up again as it gets into how to deal with your secrets and live a more honest life.
The Skeleton Code is a self-help book that is worth your time. There are some good life lessons to be learned here. The biggest one is total honesty and how it will lead you to a better life. The point to the book is that we make up lies to cover up who we really are as a person. If we can learn to be honest and get rid of the skeletons in our closet, we can experience a more enlightened way of living. Towards the end of the book the authors mention the movie A Beautiful Mind and how John Nash through love and trusting another gets freed from his delusions, starts to deal with reality and manages to create a better life and win a Nobel prize. I loved the example given and that’s what’s being taught here, a better life through honesty and without having an ego. I also like how humor is used to get the point across which works much better than taking a serious approach.