Starred Review. Orloff (Second Sight
) offers a superbly written series of psychological strategies for maximizing positive emotions and minimizing toxic ones. A practicing psychiatrist, the author straddles the worlds of mainstream medicine and alternative healing; she regards emotions as a training ground for the soul, and views every victory over fear, anxiety, and resentment as a way to develop your spiritual muscles. As the self is the foundation for emotional freedom, the author discusses how readers can find their emotional type—intellectual, empathic, rock or gusher—and suggests how to find balance. Her tips include avoiding emotional vampires or consulting dreams, which she divides into three types: psychological (where fears and neuroses express themselves), predictive and guidance. The second half of the book tackles the most difficult life challenges: depression, loneliness, anxiety, frustration, rejection, grief, envy and bitterness. Orloff addresses each fully and frankly, using anecdotes from her own life and practice—the death of her mother, her own crippling envy. This insightful and positive book will assist anyone who is suffering in mapping a path out of pain. (Mar.)
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"A road map for people who are stressed out, discouraged or overwhelmed, or for those who simply want to get to a better place. Orloff, a psychiatrist, offers a step-by-step way to change outlooks, alter behavior and cope with life's challenges."
“Dr. Orloff has a gift for making psychology lively, relevant, and useful to laypeople, and EMOTIONAL FREEDOM provides an ample menu of highly original action steps to help you work through each emotional state to achieve well−being.”–Sacramento Bee
[A]superbly written series of psychological strategies for maximizing positive emotions and minimizing toxic ones….
This insightful and positive book will assist anyone who is suffering in mapping a path out of pain.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This well-written book is full of good advice for anyone who wants to take more control of his or her emotional life." –Library Journal
“A must-read for anyone who’s tired of feeling frustrated, lonely, jealous, or emotionally tense. Dr. Orloff shows you how to achieve a lightness of being and feel more positive and peaceful. Highly recommended.”
–Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul
“Spectacular! I endorse this book so heartily because it gives a unique blend of the author’s personal and professional experience to enlighten us, and it’s a totally fascinating read. I recommend it to everyone who wants to overcome sabotaging emotional patterns to achieve self-mastery.”
–Candace Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion
“A heartfelt, accessible guide to the graceland of peace and calm–regardless of our parents, our past, or our present. It’s loaded with nuggets of practical and profound healing wisdom.”
–Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“Absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t put this book down!”
–Caroline Myss, Ph.D., author of Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul
“EMOTIONAL FREEDOM combines neuroscience, psychology, and spirituality to present a new approach for freeing yourself from negative emotions. This book offers you a path to greater health, intimacy, and compassion.”
–Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum
and Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
“This book empowers us in exciting and remarkable ways. Dr. Orloff’s wise insights about emotions serve us with wonderful clarity.”
–Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God
"An invaluable book written by one of the finest psychiatrists of our time."
–Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
"This book is a lifesaver for people who are frustrated, stressed, and anxious. If you long for more joy, give yourself a gift and read this book!"
–Marci Shimoff, bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul
and Happy for No Reason
"A valuable guidebook for anyone who believes that greater possibilities await them, but has not yet realized them."
–Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
"EMOTIONAL FREEDOM is packed with that rarest of combinations; it is both intensely informed by the wealth of Dr. Judith Orloff's professional experience, and it is resolutely compassionate."
–Mary Oliver, Pulitizer Prize winning poet