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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478146117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478146117
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,259,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Valerie Allen, psychologist, author, and speaker has published fiction, nonfiction and children's books. Her professional articles have been published online and in magazines nation wide. She is a popular speaker and makes presentations for parents, educators, medical, and mental health professionals. She has taught students in elementary through graduate school and continues to offer theraputic support through her private practice in Melbourne, FL. She collaborates with other authors as a member of the National League of American Pen Women, State of Florida, Cape Canaveral Branch. She is also a member of the Space Coast Writers' Guild and cofounder of Authors For Authors. She presents writing workshops for authors and young and talented teens.

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Valerie Allen, psychologist, author, and speaker, was born in New York and grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She graduated with advanced degrees in education and mental health. She has taught students from elementary school through graduate level at public and private schools, colleges, and universities. She has been in private practice offering mental health services for over 20 years. She is board certified by the National Association of School Psychologists and specializes in working with children and teens.

She is an active member of the National League of American Pen Women, Cape Canaveral Branch and the Space Coast Writers Guild. She is a founding member of Authors for Authors, which creates marketing venues for writers.

Her novels include, Suffer the Little Children, Sins of the Father, and Amazing Grace which focus on contemporary social issues related to women and families.

She has written two children's chapter books, Summer School for Smarties and Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends for grades three to six.

She has also published a book for authors: Write, Publish, Sell! 2nd edition which she uses during her marketing workshops.

She has written a nonfiction, psychological self-help book, Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony.

She has published, 'Tis Herself: Short Story Collection, Volume One, a humorous collection which explores the small, and the not so small, events of ordinary people.

Her articles on parenting and child development have been published nationwide in educational and parenting magazines.

Valerie is a popular speaker at writing workshops, conferences, and book talks. She can be reached at VAllenWriter@cs.com. For more information, visit her web site www.ValerieAllenWriter.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrol Wolverton on January 13, 2015
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Valerie Allen explains the motivations of human behavior in readily understandable layman English. No Rousarch or Freud here: just useful basics. We are products of heredity, environment, and personality. Some are nurtured and encouraged as children; some are not. Dealing effectively with adversity builds character, and how we handle it determines quality of life. Do we blame others or beat up on ourselves? Better that we learn and move forward. Few mistakes change the course of history, but they can affect our wellbeing, if allowed to do so.
We can’t control other people, either. I read the following quote (p. 55) to a suffering relative.

“We all have a tolerance level; beyond which we will not go. We have needs and wants; we have our own agenda in life. Whether it is husband wife, parent and child, neighbor and friend, or employer and employee, we form relationships to meet our mutual needs. At times, we support other and at times, they support us, but for the most part, we stand on our own, seeking love, acceptance, comfort, belonging, and security from others.
“When our needs are no longer met, the essence of the relationship is over. We may not formally end it by quitting our job, leaving home, or getting divorced, but the essence of the relationship has been lost. We are now dragging a ‘dead horse’ and it is making us weary.” This may be tough to accept, but it is so true and well-spoken here.

Too many people exist rather than live, she tells us and goes on to explain the Karpman Triangle. Attitude and persistence are keys to achievement. We must set our own standards and not strive for the expectations of others. If we find ourselves tolerating a pattern of bad behavior, it’s time to look at ourselves.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly Fox Vellekoop, MSN, Author on August 13, 2012
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Reading Dr. Allen's book is much like learning from a sage and/or having coffee with a good friend who provides practical advice and a much-needed dose of reality on topics which all of us must face in life. In these changing times, many young people and adults alike have no one to turn to for the wisdom the author imparts in this book. As Dr. Allen so aptly writes in the 'Introduction,' "This book is meant as a journey with musings about life's big questions. It is a place to begin a search and rescue mission for your true self." Read it once, read it twice, then read it again and heed the advice. Be sure to buy "Beyond the Inkblots" for your siblings, grandchildren, friends and anyone else whom you believe would enjoy a good read while gaining direction and self-discovery.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Morse on August 1, 2012
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This latest book from Dr. Allen clearly comes not only from her education, training and professional experience, but from her soul. The language is clear, concise and full of useful advice to all readers. A great resource for practitioners to share with their clients. A great resource for anyone struggling to move from "confusion to harmony". Easy to read, easy to understand, and right on target.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane D'Adamo on May 7, 2013
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This is a great book. I haven't read all of it but so far so good. I love reading and not being able to put the book down means alot.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lou Belcher on September 22, 2012
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It's easy to see that Dr. Allen has been working in the field of psychology for a while. She certainly knows her way around those troublesome life situations that pop up in our lives. And,the wonderful thing is that she knows how to write in a way that brings it home to all.

I love the title of the first chapter: Life is a Do-It-Yourself Project. I think that is the theme of the book. She approaches life from a personal-responsibility perspective and guides the reader through the how-to of it all. Her approach is also practical. She's certainly intent on throwing us not just any lifeline, but the shortest and strongest lifeline in her toolkit.

One of the strengths of Beyond the Inkblots is that it's easy to read and follow. Allen has organized the material logically to provide readers what they need to know to get busy on making the transition from confusion to harmony.

I highly recommend this book and hope you will find it helpful. If nothing else, it will remind you to be good to yourself, and isn't that half the battle in any inner battle?

Lou Belcher
Editor of Florida Book News
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