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Emotionally Free : Letting Go of the Past to Live in the Moment Paperback – September 22, 1993
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
David Viscott was an internationally known psychiatrist and the author of The Language of Feelings and Emotionally Free. He was also an Emmy-Award-winning talk show host.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was in the camp of 'oh no, not another book about childhood and psychology' when I started it, but a couple of chapters into it my reticence transformed into curiosity and 5 or so chapters into it I was hooked. What stayed with me well after finishing reading it are the character types, the emotional reactions in all sorts of settings and - yes, at the risk of sounding like an advertisement - how to experience the moment.
I recommed this book to anyone who is a seeker or anyone trying to make sense of the incomprehensible.
I was a bit turned off during the first few chapters due to the names of the three stages of childhood development...dependent, controlling, competitive. It wasn't what he said about these stages, simply the names of them...I don't think of myself as dependent or controlling or competitive, and found it off-putting to be told I was. But once I got what he was really saying about these phases, rather than concentrate on what he called these stages, it was eye opening.
I especially liked how he went back to our childhood and showed us how/why we got to where we are now....put child in situation A and he'll react to it in way B which will cause him as adult to be C...it made so much sense to me, it explained so much more than other books. Other books seem to say, for example, 'your angry now do this to rid yourself of it.' This book says "this is what happened to you at this stage of your development which caused anger for this reason which you've carried into your adult life and now lets work at getting rid of it." It explains it and makes it seem so understandable, and it's easier for me to work on things I understand more than those I don't.
I underlined so much you can barely read some pages...and this is a book I will definitely read again.
My only complaint is not with the content of the book, but the typesetting and font used. It's horrible. There are places where the size changes from word to word in a sentence, and in other places you can see differences between one sentence and the next. Weird.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book everyone should read, EVERYONE, even if they do not have any problems in their lives. This book helped me understand not just myself, but people around me.Published 3 months ago by NOVAGirl
Dr. David Viscott is the best no nonsense author I have found.Published 4 months ago by Patrick Fitzsimons
This book is easy to read. The best part of it was when I finally realized that I had to let go of the past to live in the present. The past was weighing me down. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Denise Daugherty
There is no person who can top the advice of this doctor from years past. Some things do not change and this book holds the key to some life changing habits and thoughts if it is... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barbara Teran
I'm halfway through the book so far and while there are insightful moments, a lot of the time the literature is redundant... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Erica