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A physician and psychiatrist, Livingston follows up on his Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now with this compendium of useful humanistic advice for getting through life with grace and a sense of joy. In "Marriage Ruins a Lot of Good Relationships," the author notes that a relationship is in trouble when it depends on scorekeeping: how much am I giving, how much am I getting? Livingston advocates instead choosing a partner to love as much as we love ourselves, one who is kind and has a willingness to extend him or herself. Livingston also believes too many psychiatrists are prescribing medication rather than helping their patients "take responsibility for [their] lives and cope with the inevitable mood changes that are a part of living." Extrapolating from his ideas about the good life to broader issues, Livingston argues that our need for "insatiable consumption" is directly related to our abuse of the environment and our need to wage war. In "You Can Change Who You Are Without Rejecting Who You Were," Livingston, a West Point graduate, discusses his love for the Point and his growing opposition to the war in Vietnam, where he served as an army doctor. His public protests against interrogation techniques ended his military career. This slender volume is full of wisdom and written with a generous spirit that will appeal even to those who don't usually read self-help books. (Apr.)
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With a generous spirit that will appeal even to those who don't usually listen to self-help books." -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Outstanding insights, love the gift he has for writing. Wisdom that only comes from authentic lived experiences. Read morePublished 2 months ago by donna muno
He writes clearly and effectively. I particularly liked the chapter about the sailing race with a team of people over 65. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kk
This together with 2 other books by Dr. Livingston, are my bible for living, the perfect roadmap to the meaning of life.Published 4 months ago by Frederick Woodbridge
This book really didn't do anything for me but it was written in an easy to read manner.Published 5 months ago by DKH
He seems so wise. Like the way it's written and the things it says. I recommend it to my family and to anyone having emotional problems.Published 6 months ago by marianne r. garrigues
Great book! Quick read and provides lots of good, practical advise for people looking for common sense, but proven ideas on tackling life's problems. Heartily recommend.Published 6 months ago by JEB
The author has a real knack for getting right to the point on topics most everyone can benefit from. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Leerador
Gordon Livingston gives such gentle, clear-headed, to-the-point attention to issues that affect all of us in our personal relationships and other areas of our lives. Read morePublished 12 months ago by diana howe baker