Have you heard of the break-through therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR)? American psychologist, Francine Shapiro developed it in the early 1990s. In 2012 Shapiro released a self-help book to help the public access her theory and processes. In Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR, Shapiro simplifies her and her research team’s key concepts and processes.
Kristin Neff’s book Self-compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind was published in 2011. Neff provides research and stories illustrating the importance of compassion toward ourselves. She also offers easy exercises that invite self-awareness. [Read more…]
We live in an addiction-prone culture filled with many invitations to become addicted. Magazine and television advertisements are full of promises of a quick fix (they say cure) from many physical, mental or emotional discomforts. I am not denying the need for medications for real pain, clinical depression or other mental health disorders. The problem with the advertisements we are inundated with today is that they are all about a quick fix for an everyday headache that could be remedied by some deep breathing, or a quick fix for feeling low that could be remedied by tears of loss. We are also bombarded with quick fixes for happiness from a fast weight loss program to the elation of looking a certain way or owning a certain item.
Flourish is my favorite Positive Psychology book. I am a fan of the psychologist and founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman. I was thrilled in 2009 to attend the first World Congress on Positive Psychology in Philadelphia. Yes, I met him, shook his hand, and even asked him to read and endorse one of my books. That didn’t pan out but I remain a student of his work.
Endless numbers of books exist telling us how to care for our bodies and emotions, often with “healing” titles and a challenge to make ourselves more resilient and stress hardy. Spirituality is also a hot topic with popular authors such as Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra and Shakti Gwain. Daniel Amen, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life presents another point of view. He has amassed neuroscientific research in an effort to convince us that in order to positively change our lives, we need to care about our brains and mental capacity, especially getting the negative stuff out! [Read more…]