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Really wanted to like this book
on May 17, 2009
I like to highlight most of the non-fiction I read. I did this the first 50 pages or so, then realized there was a lot of repetition & not much new to highlight. Weinstein's is sort of a shotgun approach to identifying & labeling most every action you take as a habit, then deciding if you should replace it with a better habit. So many habits, so little time!
No index or bibliography, and very few footnotes. A few good quotes did liven things up.
A major flaw: He expects the reader to examine their childhood & identify early events that were character & habit-forming. That is, psychoanalyze yourself! Uncover your unconscious mind! Then make conscious decisions to replace subconscious motivations! Sorry, in a battle of subconscious vs conscious, the subconscious wins every time.
Even a first-year college student knows Freudian analysis takes years, is done by a pro, and still fails more often than it heals.
His psychoanalysis concept prompted me to check the author's credentials (a little late, huh - already spent my $20) only to find he apparently has none, not even a bachelor's in psychology. Unfortunately it shows. For instance, in one of his personal 'breakthroughs', after damaging the bumper on his new car, he decides to fix it rather than worry about it! (if that sounds inspirational to you, buy the book)
If you find Weinstein's approach helpful, more power to you! He apparently gives a good seminar (I dunno). I gave up on him about page 200. Someone please buy my used book, with yellow highlights waning through page 102.