Book Review: Ride Your Inner Dragon

Ride Your Inner Dragon

By Von Gevert

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Reviewed by Courtney McCaffrey

Ride Your Inner Dragon is Von Gevert’s 100-page description of his own self-improvement theory. Gevert, a self-described extreme sports “Adrenaline junkie,” believes one can find peace in all of life’s stressful situations by taming a hypothetical dragon in the brain that flares up every time anxiety or nervous feelings are experienced.  

The book begins with a background in dragon theory. Background is a great way to strengthen the reader’s knowledge base before entering a complicated subject, but Gevert makes some crucial mistakes in these opening portions. He describes dragons in mythology and pop culture, quoting Chinese literature without citation, as demonstrated on page 12 of the manual. Poor citation continues from the opening paragraphs through the book’s entirety.

Chapter Two, beginning on page 18, kicks off “scientific” articles on brain research found on Wikipedia. If the reader hasn’t questioned the author’s credibility from the numerous grammatical, spelling and structural errors within the first 18 pages, they are sure to be skeptical about scientific research from one of the least credible research sites on the Web, Wikipedia. 

The author’s expertise is questionable throughout the book. Gevert uses Wikipedia as his main source of scientific research complimented by movie quotes, song lyrics and personal stories. Most information regarding psychology and brain structure is not cited at all. Whether or not the Dragon Theory is effective becomes irrelevant because the author never establishes trust with his reader. 

It is possible Gevert is correct about the need to calm a hypothetical creature in the brain when emotions begin to stir, but by reading this piece alone, no one will ever know. Though the author is sincere in his effort, if he had placed more effort in finding credible sources and hired an editor to correct the mistakes in sentence structure, spelling, excessive comma use and formatting, he may be on to something. Until then, none of us will fully understand how calming our little mind dragon can help us become better surfers.