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Life Strategies : Doing What Works, Doing What Matters / by Phillip C., Ph.D. McGraw
Some people spend their lives reacting to what life hands them, while others craft life to fit their goals. Author Phillip C. McGraw, who is a psychologist but describes himself as a strategist, is determined to make sure that his readers are the creators of their lives, not created by their lives. By accepting that you are personally accountable for every element of your life, McGraw says, you can erase the negative "epidemic behaviors" (found in all of American society: denial, false assumptions, inertia, deceptive masking) in your life and reach your goals.
Written in a tough-love, sometimes cantankerous tone, this self-help book is not for those looking to explore their inner child or visualize away negative energy. No, this is pull-yourself-up-by-the- bootstraps advice from someone who's done just that. McGraw opens with a scene describing how he helped Oprah Winfrey survive--and win--the 1998 "Mad Cow" lawsuit in Texas, when she was having difficulty coping with the reality of what was happening to her. He helped her face the facts about the lawsuit, after which she was better able to participate in crafting a strategy to win it.
McGraw first forces you to take a good hard look at who you are by dissecting your personality. It may be painful to realize that you fall into the "Porcupine" or "Perfecto" or any of the other personality types McGraw delineates, but here it's true that there's no gain without pain, because (Life Law No. 4) "You Can't Change What You Don't Acknowledge." He then describes in depth all 10 "Life Laws"--the rules by which the world plays--that he learned the hard way. Laws such as "You Either Get It, or You Don't," "Life Is Managed; It Is Not Cured," and "You Have to Name It to Claim It" make up the bulk of the book and McGraw's realist philosophy.
If you learn and abide by the Life Laws and go on to create a Life Strategy, McGraw claims you will not only know yourself better and eliminate negative behaviors, you will also know how to reach any goal you set for yourself. --Stefanie Durbin
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
Zukav's American Book Award-winning The Dancing Wu Li Masters masterfully
introduces the layman to quantum and particle physics, as well as Einstein's
relativity theories. With a similar dose of amiable, easy-to-understand
prose, Zukav guides readers into the spiritual realm in his bestselling
The Seat of the Soul. Zukav questions the Western model of the soul,
alleging that the human species is in the midst of a great transformation,
evolving from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions
of the five senses--"external power"--to one that pursues power based
upon perceptions of the soul--"authentic power." He believes that humans
are immortal souls first, physical beings second, and that once we become
conscious of this transformation--once we align our personalities with
our soul--we will stimulate our spiritual growth and become better people
in the process. This insightful, lucid synthesis of modern psychology
and new-age principles has been described as the "physics of the soul."
Who better to explain such heady concepts than Gary Zukav? --This text
refers to the paperback edition of this title
It's Not About Food : Change Your Mind; Change Your Life; End Your Obsession With Food and Weight / by Carol Emery Normandi, Laurelee Roark
who read this book will be inspired to throw away their diets and scales
and pick up on the nurturing, caring voice presented in these pages."
--Jane R. Hirschmann and Carol H. Munter, authors of Overcoming Overeating.
Carol Emery Normandi and Laurelee Roark founded the nonprofit organization
Beyond Hunger, Inc. because they had each struggled for years with eating
disorders--and discovered that most of the programs available couldn't
provide true, permanent recovery. To achieve that, they found they had
to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds that lay at
the core of their unhealthy eating behavior--to go beyond the hunger
of their physical bodies and meet the hunger that resided in their very
souls. The techniques used in the Beyond Hunger workshops have helped
many women change their minds about food and weight--and change their
lives in the process. This compassionate, supportive book shows how
it can be done--and offers to help women put an end to the rollercoaster
of dieting and bingeing once and for all. * Includes a foreword by the
authors of the bestseller Overcoming Overeating * "Normandi and Roark
are like patient coaches detaching women from their obsessions with
food, deprogramming societal and family messages about acceptable weight,
offering tools and excercises to transform destructive behaviors into
opportunities for self-reflection."--San Jose Mercury News "It's Not
About Food is an important part of the growing movement to return women's
bodies to their rightful owners." --Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty
Healing the Hungry Self : The Diet-Free Solution to Lifelong Weight Management / by Deirdra, Ph.D. Price, Dierdra Price
Amazon.com: As people in the Western world diet more and continue to grow fatter, the trend toward weight-loss books that deal with the emotional and psychological aspects of overeating--rather than simply providing another low-calorie food plan--is a welcome one. In this excellent workbook, eating-disorders expert Deirdra Price provides clear information on changing your physical and mental self-image, along with questionnaires, games, and visualizations designed to draw readers into the process immediately. Those who work through the exercises are likely to experience a boost in self-esteem that they may come to realize is more valuable than the body changes that will eventually occur.
Holy Hunger : A Woman's Journey from Food Addiction to Spiritual Fulfillment / by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Margaret Bullitt-Jones
A reader from Santa Barbara, Ca: An
intimate, honest memoir
Holy Hunger is an intimate, honest and balanced story of one woman's
brave journey out of addiction and into grace. Her desire to confront
her family's troubled legacies, and her movement beyond that makes this
book far more than any kind of "dysfunctional family memoir." Her portrait
of her (very much alive) mother is particularly moving and redemptive.
Healing Fiction / by James Hillman
this work, Hillman's main deconstruction of therapy, he asks "What does
the soul want?" and answers "Fictions that heal." By examining the three
Great Originators of depth psychology--Freud, Jung, and Adler--this
book looks again at what is really meant by "case history," "active
imagination," and "inferiority feelings."
men and women find that they can no longer rely on old roles and formulas
to get along, intimate
Awakening the Heroes within: the twelve archetypes to help us find ourselves and transform our world / Carol S. Pearson
this bold and original work the author shows that the heroic quest isn't
just for certain people under special circumstances. Exploring the many
heroic paths available to each of us at every point in our lives, her
innovative program enables us to live heroically by activating and applying
twelve archetypes in our lives. This companion to The Hero
Within outlines twelve archetypal patterns that can aid
inner development and the quest of wholeness.
Truth or Dare: encounters with Power, Authority, and mystery / Starhawk
brilliant examination of the nature of power offers creative alternatives
for positive change in our personal lives, our communities and our world.
The Intimacy Struggle; adapted from "The Struggle for Intimacy" / Janet G. Woititiz
struggle for intimacy is a complex issue, key to the happiness of every
man and woman. It goes on for all of us as long as we live. To be intimate
is to be close, to be vulnerable, qualities that are very different
from the survival skills we learned. This book helps clarify the issues
Menopausal Years: the wise woman way / Susun S. Weed
book brings together all dimensions of the Change--from meditations
and quick fixes for hot flashes to safe, natural ways to keep your mood
cool, your heart healthy and your bones strong.
First Things First : To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy / by Stephen R. Covey, Steven R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill,rebec Merrill
This a revolutionary guide to managing your time by learning how to balance your life. Traditional time management suggests that working harder, smarter, and faster will help you gain control over your life, and that increased control will bring peace and fulfillment. The authors of First Things First disagree. In the first real breakthrough in time management in years, Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill apply the insights of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to the daily problems of people who must struggle with the ever-increasing demands of work and home life. Rather than focusing on time and things, First Things First emphasizes relationships and results. And instead of efficiency, this new approach emphasizes effectiveness.
profound personal transformation is the goal of this simple, step-by-step
program. Millions of people attend neuro-linguistic progamming (NLP)
seminars each year; now readers can achieve greater self-assurance and
self-control. It pays dividends in social and business situations and
provides illuminating insights into other people's thoughts and actions.
gentle finger on the pulse of the corporate worker's heart Amazing insight
into the human soul and how the corporate workplace has evolved to stifle
personal identity, creativity, and the joy associated with work. More
than that, Whyte skillfully and poetically provides the philosophical
framework for reuniting the worker with the workplace. Using references
from great literature, parables, poetry and prose, and drawing from
the great diversity of humanity, Whyte opens a path by which we can
regain the joy of working creatively. A book to read, and read again,
just to learn how to grow spiritually and remain human at work.
can learn to put things into perspective by making the small daily changes
Dr. Carlson suggests, including advice such as "Choose your battles
wisely"; "Remind yourself that when you die, your 'in' box
won't be empty"; and "Make peace with imprefection".
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