Book Brief: The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

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The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth
by M. Scott Peck
1978, Simon & Schuster

the road less traveled m scott peck reviewThe Idea

Life is difficult, and the sooner we come to terms with that, the easier it becomes.

We’re all shaped by early-life experiences, primarily the massive influence of our own caretakers, and unraveling those influences can hold the key to personal development – if we’re willing to work for it.

Recommended For

Those unafraid to take a deep dive into their own psyches and wrestle with truth, even when it’s uncomfortable.

The Pros

Peck has a great style of walking you through a concept without dumbing it down. His perspective is valuable both for professional practitioners and those seeking personal growth.

The Cons

If you’re the type who prefers to keep the past in the past or your parents on a pedestal, this book will probably annoy you by its constant references to early-life influences.

My Take

Published the year I was born (!), this book withstands the test of time. I’m currently reading it for a second time after first picking it up almost three years ago, and it’s opening up for me on a whole new level. It’s a great book to revisit after you’ve had a period of growth: it’s rich enough to speak to you at different points on your own road.

Fun Fact

The Road Less Traveled took years to catch on. Though it was ultimately fueled by a gradual increase in word of mouth, its “tipping point” was a championing review in The Washington Post years after it was published. A great reminder for all you authors out there: recognition takes time, so keep spreading the word.


Have you read The Road Less Traveled? What did it help you acknowledge on your own road through life?

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