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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (January 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401918530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401918538
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eldon Taylor has made a lifelong study of the human mind and has earned doctoral degrees in psychology and metaphysics. He is a fellow with the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) and a nondenominational minister.

        Eldon was a practicing criminalist for over ten years while completing his education. He supervised and conducted investigations and testing to detect deception. His earliest work with changing inner beliefs was conducted from this setting, including a double-blind study conducted at the Utah State Prison from 1986 to 1987. Eldon is president and director of Progressive Awareness Research, Inc. For more than 20 years, his books, tapes, lectures, and radio and television appearances have approached personal empowerment from the cornerstone perspective of forgiveness, gratitude, and respect for all life. 

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Eldon Taylor is an award winning, New York Times best selling author of over 300 books, and audio and video programs. He is the inventor of the patented InnerTalk technology and the founder and President of Progressive Awareness Research. He has been called a "master of the mind" and has appeared as an expert witness on both hypnosis and subliminal communication.

Eldon's Father was in law enforcement for most of his life and for many years Eldon himself was a practicing criminalist conducting investigations and lie detection examinations. His hobby for over 30 years has been horses and at one time he owned a large all-breed stallion station and racing stable. His down to earth common-sense pragmatism combined with his intellectual interests have led some to identify him as the "blue-collar progressive traditionalist." Now if that isn't ever an oxymoronic description--but then perhaps it is not after all.

Eldon is listed in more than a dozen Who's Who publications including Who's Who In Intellectuals and Who's Who In Science and Engineering. He is a Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association and an internationally sought after speaker. His books and audio/video materials have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have sold millions worldwide.

Eldon is the host of the popular radio show, Provocative Enlightenment. He has interviewed some of the most interesting people on the planet including the likes of JZ Knight (Ramtha), George Noory, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Lorna Byrne, Neale Donald Walsch, Dr. Jose Arguelles, William Paul Young, Lynne McTaggart, Don Miguel Ruiz, Debbie Ford, Nick Begich, Harv Eker, Gregg Braden, David Hawkins, James Twyman, Hossca Harrison, and Glynis McCants just to name a few. His shows are both provocative and always fresh by way of both the perspective and the exchange.

Customer Reviews

Dr. Taylor's work is brilliant.
Terri Marie
After reading the book, I feel like I have to buy some of the InnerTalk CDs mentioned in the book.
N. Berryman
This is an easy to read book that is very entertaining and informative.
Shirah S. Penn

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on May 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This illuminating book explores self-imposed boundaries in our thinking, the mechanics of perception, consciousness, subliminal communication and how real change is possible. Because of limited thinking, most people do not realize that they have a wider range of choices available. This is discussed in chapter 1 and explained by simple illustrations and exercises.

Chapter 3 deals with perception, illusions and the role of language in limiting our awareness, the mind's habit of making non-existent connections and of missing the obvious. The failures of the mind can be used against us by for example subliminal advertising. The next chapter briefly covers psychological defense mechanisms like denial, fantasy formation, introjection, isolation, projection, regression, repression and sublimation.

In chapter 5, the author discusses the brain hemispheres, the history of subliminal communication and its practical application. A model of mind and behaviour is provided in the next, plus a discussion of the power of forgiving and the benefits of giving, while chapter 7 deals with the famous Judas Priest trial of two teenagers who shot themselves after repeatedly listening to a track from the Stained Class album by that metal band.

Subsequent chapters investigate mind as a non-local event, the power of belief, and empathy and unconditional love as the way to build self-esteem. The chapter titled Change discusses character and how it is formed. This chapter includes an interview with neurologist Dr Christian Enescu plus many testimonials of people who have benefited from Dr Taylor's subliminal programs.

The book concludes with a discussion of the awesome power of the mind and revisits the ways of overcoming limitations in awareness.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By B. Schwartz on June 1, 2007
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I read the recommendations for this book on the first couple of pages and thought to myself, "I hope it's just partially as good as all the praise says it is."

Okay, I read the book and then I read parts of it over, and over and over. Unreal! With clarity the likes of which I have rarely encountered, this jewel goes right to the nature of who we are, why we are and how we can become all that we know inside we are capable of but never quite accomplish. This is a solid five stars and carry it with you!
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126 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
8/1/07 See Edit at bottom of this review. This book should technically be 1 star, especially since it's essentially an advertisement for the author's InnerTalk CD's. By the way, never go by "famous author" endorsements...

"Holding onto blame is the same thing as being tied up. Until blame is released, there is nothing you can do about anything because, after all, it's not your fault. If it is not your faulty, then how can anyone, including you, expect you to take responsibility for the issue? If you are not responsible, then you are not empowered to make changes. In other words, the blame game disempowers--directly." - From the book

In his book Choices and Illusions, subliminal communication expert Eldon Taylor shares his personal journey plumbing the power of the mind and beliefs citing both case studies and personal experience.

Using compelling anecdotes and hard science, Taylor explains the workings of "the science of thinking", answering why humanity thinks and does what it doesn't wish to do. He shows readers the extent that others control our thoughts, whether via advertising imbeds, the power of suggestion, or imprinting in the "chicken yard" of family and culture.

Encouraging individuals to "soar like eagles", Choices and Illusions attempts to expose the myriad excuses for helplessness that we offer in the face of change. Inspirational and motivational, this book urges humanity towards greater heights of self-actualization and self-discovery--dispelling the mists of illusion so the light of our magnificence can shine.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By O. on December 26, 2007
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Rarely have I ever felt ripped off when buying a book. Usually no matter how badly written or uninformed, there is something to learn to or to be gained. This is the one exception. This book is nothing but a long info-mercial for some subliminal tapes that the author sells and which, of course, only they contain the "answers" and "solutions" promised in the book jacket. I can only offer very simple advice - do not waste you money- keep looking on amazon - pass this one right by! I will have done the reading a public a great service at the expense of my own embarassement (at my gullibility in this purchase) if I can spare just one person the time and expense of involvement in this book.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Randall Hardy on December 5, 2007
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Hay House now uses it's author stable to write reviews for each other. Check out each reviewer's comments and their names who have given high marks for this book. You can see most of them endorsing each other's product in Amazon's feedback section for each author.

People are paying for books that are covert advertisements and many of these self-help authors piggyback on each other's email lists and promo campaigns. Appalling.

This is supposed to be a forum where readers can find unbiased reviews from other readers.

It's a shame that a publishing house with a 'spiritual' reputation has stooped to such tactics.

I would be happier if Amazon monitored these less-than-honest review tactics to bring back a fair review feedback system. People are catching on. They always do eventually.
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