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[From The Front Flap.] The rewards of perfectionism are obvious: success, financial security, the respect of friends and colleagues. But, inevitably, perfection comes at a price- too often, the loss of intimacy, emotional authenticity, and self-esteem. The tendency toward perfectionism and a host of related behaviors are hallmarks of the obsessive, a personality style that contributes to an outward appearance of poise, confidence, and strength but inwardly can cause anguish, suffering, and turmoil. The result of more than ten years of clinical research and observations from Dr. Allan Mallinger's private practice, Too Perfect helps identify the destructive patterns obsessives can unwittingly fall into, as well as the enormous emotional toll such behavior exacts on the obsessive and on friends and loved ones. From the compulsive worrier to the endlessly orderly "neat freak" and the driven workaholic, Dr. Mallinger shows how a disproportionate need for control-and an overwhelming fear of the uncertainty that exists in uncontrolled situations-can lead obsessives to adopt paralyzingly rigid roles almost like armor against life's uncertainties. But in ruling out the unexpected, these protective roles too often end up depriving the obsessive of emotional closeness, leisure time, an overall feeling of well-being-the very things the obsessive strives to ensure by virtue of his or her "flawless" performance in life. Fortunately, assures Dr. Mallinger, change is possible for even the most stubbornly resistant obsessive. Through both extensive case histories and specific suggestions for behavior modification, Too Perfect illustrates the road to change and offers hope to people who have sacrificed their right to happiness to their need to be right-and those who love them.
Your Guide to Creating a Blue-Chip International Portfolio for Higher Returns and Reduced Risk
When our world comes crashing down, it does more than steal our peace. Something inside us tears. We feel broken, stranded--torn. We naturally ask the question "Why?" when we're hurting. But as pastor Jud Wilhite turned to the Bible in his own pain, he was surprised to discover that another question matters more: "Who?" Who is worthy of our trust when our trust when our lives are in pieces? You may be experiencing a time of such darkness that you wonder if you will ever find "normal" again or look toward the future with hope. In Torn, Jud explores your questions as well as God's answers--and God's mysteries. With a pastor's heart, he looks with you at practical ways to fight for joy, deal with anger and depression, and make the million tiny decisions that add up to a life committed to God, even when your heart is broken. It's not about having better arguments for the purpose behind our suffering. It's about our relationship with God--a relationship that can flourish even when our whys go unanswered.
While the world reels with an ever-growing array of lose-weight-quick schemes, Dr. Gregory Jantz applies common sense and spiritual encouragement to lead readers on a reasonable, realistic path to healthier living. Unlike the radical and even dangerous tactics that often captivate those who hunger for dramatic change, Jantz advocates a gentle twelve-week program, which considers the whole person, not just body weight. This comprehensive approach incorporates scripture study, prayer, and journaling, as well as nutrition, food-consumption plans, and body maintenance with the intention of reshaping a person's self-image in addition to dropping inches in the waistline.
"If you want to live in this tough world and still have some real faith and optimism, this book is for you." -- Norman Vincent Peale The many ills of the modern world can be debilitating. With so much seemingly senseless violence, pain, and destruction, we need a lot of inner strength to overcome cynicism and despair -- and to remain hopeful about the future. With Dr. Peale's careful guidance, you can achieve happiness and security by learning how to: Conquer your fear Free yourself of guilty feelings Live well and prosper, personally and professionally Become physically healthy -- the natural way Stay enthusiastic even in poor circumstances Tackle problems hopefully and creatively Harness the power of prayer
Toughness Training for Life: A Revolutionary Program for Maximizing Health, Happiness, and Productivityby James E. Loehr
This book provides a step-by-step approach that combines mental and physical conditioning with the latest scientific advances in nutrition to create a mind-body synergy that reinforces the immune system, builds energy levels, and toughens you up all-around.
Your relationship with exercise is influenced by your thoughts and feelings. Developing a better relationship with exercise involves changing your frame of mind completely--your thoughts, beliefs, self-talk, the reasons you exercise, and how you measure the benefits. When you change what you think, your exercise habits change as well. The philosophy behind this book is that everyone can make those changes, and learn pleasurable and sustainable ways of incorporating exercise into their daily lives.
In Toward Commitment, Diane Rehm, the nationally known Public Radio broadcaster, and John, her lawyer-husband, open up for the reader their marriage of over forty years, revealing their passionate bond as well as their points of conflict and frustration. In a series of surprisingly honest dialogues, they grapple with their pronounced differences of background, attitude, and expectation. Addressing difficult and important issues--from love and sex and raising children to dependence and independence, from spiritual differences to financial and social needs--Toward Commitment gives readers the opportunity to eavesdrop on a husband and wife bravely analyzing their relationship and confronting the issues that inevitably strain a relationship. Refreshingly candid, these perceptive discussions will resonate with any two people who care enough about each other to resolve their difficulties. A practical guide for married couples as well as a must-read for couples considering that commitment, this thoughtful and ultimately hopeful book will help them become closer than ever.
Well-meaning people can turn religion into an addiction, an addiction that can be used to avoid pain, reality and fear. This is toxic faith. This book deals with overcoming such faith.
In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward drawn on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents -- and discover an exciting new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.
Trade Secrets: Get the Most for Your Money - All the Time - on Goods and Services Ranging from Alarms and Art, Cars and Computers, to Financial Planning and Hotel Reservationsby Winifred Conkling
Here's a fast, down and dirty guide that offers you sound advice and solid information for anything-- and everything-- you could possibly want to buy. Smart shopping takes on a whole new meaning with "Trade Secrets", an all-encompassing, fact-filled compendium on how to make the right buying decisions every time. From minute details about dozens of products to tips on dealing with merchants who hand you the inside skinny on how to get the most value for your money, including such topics as: Doing Your Homework: home-equity loans, furniture, carpets, plumbing services Wall Street Savvy: checking accounts, credit cards, mutual funds Painting the Town Red: buying bubbly, choosing a cruise, renting a tux It's the Little Things: magazine subscriptions, sunscreens, beds and beddings Irreverent and entertaining, "Trade Secrets" is like having a trusted uncle in the business, who tells it exactly like it is.
Train Your Brain to Get Happy: The Simple Program That Primes Your Grey Cells for Joy, Optimism, and Serenityby Susan Reynolds Stan Wenck Teresa Aubele
Happiness begins at the cellular level--and your brain is making new neurons every day. Which means that you can literally program yourself for happiness--if you know how. With this groundbreaking guide, you fire up your neurons for joy when you learn to: Reroute the fight-or-flight response that causes your stress and anxiety Focus your gray cells' attention on emotional well-being Engage in activities that flood your brain with dopamine and serotonin, among other "happy" chemicals Satisfy your brain's hunger for pleasure through diet and exercise Enhance nutrition in your life with the right vitamins and supplements Trick your brain into building new pathways to serenity Written by acclaimed neuroscientist and Henry David Thoreau scholar Dr. Teresa Aubele and psychologist Dr. Stan Wenck, this book combines the latest research in both neuroscience and human behavior to give you the brain-changing program you need to lead a blissful life--each and every day!
Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselvesby Sharon Begley
Is it really possible to change the structure and function of the brain, and in so doing alter how we think and feel? The answer is a resounding yes. In late 2004, leading Western scientists joined the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, India, to address this very question-and in the process brought about a revolution in our understanding of the human mind. In this fascinating and far-reaching book, Wall Street Journal science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to show how we all have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds. These findings hold exciting implications for personal transformation. For decades, the conventional wisdom of neuroscience held that the hardware of the brain is fixed and immutable-that we are stuck with what we were born with. As Begley shows, however, recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity, a new science that investigates whether and how the brain can undergo wholesale change, reveal that the brain is capable not only of altering its structure but also of generating new neurons, even into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, and compensate for disability. Begley documents how this fundamental paradigm shift is transforming both our understanding of the human mind and our approach to deep-seated emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems. These breakthroughs show that it is possible to reset our happiness meter, regain the use of limbs disabled by stroke, train the mind to break cycles of depression and OCD, and reverse age-related changes in the brain. They also suggest that it is possible to teach and learn compassion, a key step in the Dalai Lama's quest for a more peaceful world. But as we learn from studies performed on Buddhist monks, an important component in changing the brain is to tap the power of mind and, in particular, focused attention. This is the classic Buddhist practice of mindfulness, a technique that has become popular in the West and that is immediately available to everyone. With her extraordinary gift for making science accessible, meaningful, and compelling, Sharon Begley illuminates a profound shift in our understanding of how the brain and the mind interact. This tremendously hopeful book takes us to the leading edge of a revolution in what it means to be human. From the Hardcover edition.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THE FDA'S NEW LABEL LAWS GO INTO EFFECT IN 2006. Identify foods made with trans fatty acids -- the dangerous manufactured ingredient in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Rid your diet of trans fats -- at home, in restaurants, in take out, and in packaged foods. Be healthier and live longer.
"Transforming Fear into Gold" is a guide to converting your greatest fears--fear of dying, fear of poverty, fear of annihilation, fear of the unknown--into energy you can use to burst the limitations that bind you and expand into your full human potential. Dr. Stone demonstrates this metamorphosis with a variety of inspiring case histories from her psychotherapy practice using her step-by-step Soul Detective Detrimental Energy Protocol. The protocol calls in angelic protection, identifies harmful influences, finds the cognitive distortions running the fears, and shines the golden light of consciousness into the dark places to heal the heart and restore the soul. She gives detailed and graphic accounts of how to reach people stuck in dark places and bring them into the light.
Funny how the exceeding riches of God's grace seem to run out the moment we're saved. From then on, we tend to base our relationship with Him on our performance rather than on His grace. Of course, God continues to deal with us on the basis of His grace, whether or not we understand it. It's just that when we don't, we forgo the abundant freedoms that come from not having to measure up. The product of more than ten years of Bible study, Transforming Grace is a fountainhead of inspiration and renewal that will show you just how inexhaustible and generous God's grace really is. You'll never be able to ask for too much, need too much, hope for too much, or even sin too much. Like a never-ending stream of ocean waves crashing on the shore, His grace "superabounds" toward you without measure.
Transforming Suffering: Reflections on Finding Peace in Troubled Times by His Holiness the Dalai Lamma, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Thomas Keating, Joseph Goldstein, Thubten Chodroby Donald W. Mitchell James Wiseman
From the hearts and minds of some of today's great spiritual masters comes advice on maintaining spiritual awareness and finding peace in troubled times. In April 2002, several of the world's most influential Buddhist and Christian monks, nuns, and lay practitioners gathered at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky to ponder contemporary life's most difficult questions. The results of this great encounter are brought together in Transforming Suffering.
Strategies for coping with the difficult, painful, and confusing times in your life.
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In this compelling book, Elan Golomb identifies the crux of the emotional and psychological problems of millions of adults. Simply put, the children of narcissist -- offspring of parents whose interest always towered above the most basic needs of their sons and daughters -- share a common belief: They believe they do not have the right to exist. The difficulties experienced by adult children of narcissists can manifest themselves in many ways: for examples, physical self-loathing that takes form of overeating, anorexia, or bulimia; a self-destructive streak that causes poor job performance and rocky personal relationships; or a struggle with the self that is perpetuated in the adult's interaction with his or her own children. These dilemmas are both common and correctable, Dr. Golomb tells us. With an empathic blend of scholarship and case studies, along with her own personal narrative of her fight for self, Dr. Golomb plumbs the depths of this problem, revealing its mysterious hold on the affairs of otherwise bright, aware, motivated, and worthy people. Trapped in the Mirror explores. * the nature of the paralysis and lack of motivation so many adults feel * stress and its role in exacerbating childhood wrongs * why do many of our relationships seem to be "reruns" of the past * how one's body image can be formed by faulty parenting * how anger must be acknowledge to be overcome * and, most important, how even the most traumatized self can be healed. Rooted in a profoundly humanist traditional approach, and suffused with the benefit of the latest knowledge about intrafamily relationships, Trapped in the Mirror offers more than the average self-help book; it is truly the first self-heal book for millions.
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, numb, or like we can never do enough.
An essential guide for recognizing, preventing, and healing childhood trauma, from infancy through adolescence--what parents, educators, and health professionals can do. Trauma can result not only from catastrophic events such as abuse, violence, or loss of loved ones, but from natural disasters and everyday incidents such as auto accidents, medical procedures, divorce, or even falling off a bicycle. At the core of this book is the understanding of how trauma is imprinted on the body, brain, and spirit, resulting in anxiety, nightmares, depression, physical illnesses, addictions, hyperactivity, and aggression. Rich with case studies and hands-on activities,Trauma Through A Child's Eyesgives insight into children's innate ability to rebound with the appropriate support, and provides their caregivers with tools to overcome and prevent trauma.
The Travel Detective Flight Crew Confidential: People Who Fly for a Living Reveal Insider Secrets and Hidden Values in Cities and Airports Around the Worldby Peter Greenberg
The author of the New York Times bestseller The Travel Detective brings you insider travel secrets only pilots and flight attendants know. Pilots are notoriously frugal, and flight attendants are underpaid and on a budget. They may hit one city four to six times a month, but they are there for only twenty-four hours (or even less) each time, so they always know where to go to get the best value for their money. In The Travel Detective Flight Crew Confidential you'll find: * great shopping (furniture in Atlanta, silk in Bangkok, leather in São Paolo) * great services (medical care in Paris and inexpensive manicures in Tokyo) * great food and drink (hidden ethnic restaurants in London, and the bars with the best attitude and cheapest drinks in Key West) * secrets to navigating the world's airports during layovers * what to do and what never to do, what to seek and what to avoid. You get tips in crew members' own words--good, bad, or ugly--that you won't find anywhere else. Opinionated, often controversial, but always helpful, The Travel Detective Flight Crew Confidential is a resource no one who flies can afford to be without.
WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE between failures AND SUCCESS? From the European theater of World War II to a warehouse in heaven, David encounters some of the wisest people who ever lived.
From the book: This journey of ours, then, is a journey into metaphor, into meaning, into human subjectivity, into the belief systems of others and of ourselves, into the very meaning of belief itself. And yet, despite its inward aspects, this spirit-journey is and has been absolutely real, filled with rented cars and cheap motels and fast-food restaurants and shopping malls and interstate highways, and-most significant to us-with out-of-the-way dirt roads leading to the always open doors of those we call Wisdomkeepers, the spiritual elders of Native America. These wonderful men and women don't simply preserve the old wisdom. They live it. And, yes, they share it and teach it, too-not only with their words but with their example, their presence, their lives . . . lives always lived for others, never for themselves. We are not, definitely not, experts on Indians. We aren't scholars or anthropologists or historians; we're not even journalists anymore. Yet our journey, our spirit-journey is inexorably ongoing. Whenever we think it's finally over and done with, we somehow find ourselves swept back into it once again despite ourselves, flung back onto the road, into the current, back on the path of the Wisdomkeepers. But don't mistake it for an easy path. Life, we've learned from the Wisdomkeepers, is not an entertainment. Life is a task, a holy task. There's a path you follow, and there's a set of Original Instructions for following that path. Our journey, our life's work, has been an unfolding of those Instructions, which-as Wisdomkeeper Uncle Frank Davis showed us-lie within our souls like shredded, crumpled pieces of paper, hieroglyphed with the meanings of life, our own personal life in particular.
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