Who is Ichiro Kishimi?

Ichiro Kishimi is the author of the book The Courage to be Disliked.

Books by Ichiro Kishimi

Quotes by Ichiro Kishimi

“A healthy feeling of inferiority is not something that comes from comparing oneself to others; it comes from one’s comparison with one’s ideal self.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“A way of living in which one is constantly troubled by how one is seen by others is a self-centered lifestyle in which one’s sole concern is with the I'.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“All you can do in regard to your own life is choose the best path that you believe in.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“But is being normal, being ordinary, really such a bad thing? Is it something inferior? Or, in truth, isn't everybody normal?”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“Do not live to satisfy the expectations of others.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“I have a young friend who dreams of becoming a novelist, but he never seems to be able to complete his work. According to him, his job keeps him too busy, and he can never find enough time to write novels, and that's why he can't complete work and enter it for writing awards. But is that the real reason? No! It's actually that he wants to leave the possibility of "I can do it if I try" open, by not committing to anything. He doesn't want to expose his work to criticism, and he certainly doesn't want to face the reality that he might produce an inferior piece of writing and face rejection. He wants to live inside that realm of possibilities, where he can say that he could do it if he only had the time, or that he could write if he just had the proper environment, and that he really does have the talent for it. In another five or ten years, he will probably start using another excuses like "I'm not young anymore" or "I've got a family to think about now.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“If one really has a feeling of contribution, one will no longer have any need for recognition from others. Because one will already have the real awareness that “I am of use to someone,” without needing to go out of one’s way to be acknowledged by others.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“If one really has confidence in oneself, one doesn’t feel the need to boast. It’s because one’s feeling of inferiority is strong that one boasts. One feels the need to flaunt one’s superiority all the more. There’s the fear that if one doesn’t do that, not a single person will accept one “the way I am.” This is a full-blown superiority complex.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“If you are disliked by someone, it is proof that you are exercising your freedom and living in freedom, and a sign that you are living in accordance with your own principles.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“No experience is in itself a cause of our success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences—the so-called trauma—but instead we make out of them whatever suits our purposes. We are not determined by our experiences, but the meaning we give them is self-determining.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“Once one is released from the schema of competition, the need to triumph over someone disappears.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“The courage to be happy also includes the courage to be disliked. When you have gained that courage, your interpersonal relationships will all at once change into things of lightness.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“Three things are needed: self-acceptance, confidence in others, and contribution to others.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“Unless one is unconcerned by other people’s judgments, has no fear of being disliked by other people, and pays the cost that one might never be recognized, one will never be able to follow through in one’s own way of living. That is to say, one will not be able to be free.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“We cannot alter objective facts. But subjective interpretations can be altered as much as one likes. And we are inhabitants of a subjective world.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“Why is it that people seek recognition from others? In many cases, it is due to the influence of reward-and-punishment education.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“Your life is not something that someone gives you, but something you choose yourself, and you are the one who decides how you live.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked

“Your unhappiness cannot be blamed on your past or your environment. And it isn’t that you lack competence. You just lack courage. One might say you are lacking in the courage to be happy.”

Ichiro Kishimi The Courage to Be Disliked