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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061941182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061941184
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Stacy Kaiser lets us in on the secrets of human behavior: change is always possible! How to Be a Grown Up is a smart, funny read. But more importantly, Stacy gives you the power to create the life you want.” (Peter Walsh, author of the New York Times bestseller It's All Too Much)

“How to Be a Grown Up should be required reading for anyone wishing to be (or trying to raise) an emotionally-fit, responsible adult in the modern world. In clear and simple language this book provides everything you need to know to have a successful life.” (Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret)

“Awesome therapist Stacy Kaiser really hits a home run with How to Be a Grown Up. I particularly like the chapter on appearance. I can give you the million dollar workout but if your head isn’t in the game your body won’t follow. Stacy, YOU ROCK!” (Harvey Walden IV, Celebrity Fit Club host and fitness trainer)

“Stacy has adapted a no-nonsense approach that cuts through the clatter of every grown up’s life and reaches through the noise with clear tools. She shows us that it is possible to have a busy adult life full of responsibility and still find fun and freedom.” (Drew Pinsky, MD)

From the Back Cover

Are you pleased with the progress you've made so far in achieving your hopes and dreams? Are you excited about what's coming next in your life? Or do you need a complete overhaul?

In How to Be a Grown Up, renowned psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser demonstrates the life-changing benefits of embracing the concept of the "fully loaded grown up." After counseling thousands of patients, she has identified ten critical areas that determine success, happiness, and fulfillment—from conscientious money management to developing strong coping skills to building the right kind of friendships and intimate partnerships.

How to Be a Grown Up begins with "The Quiz," the first step to empowering you by helping you become an expert on your own life, exploring what you really want and need in every area of life. In chapters packed full of tips, tools, and exercises, Stacy takes you on a journey of self-discovery in which you evaluate your individual strengths and weaknesses as well as identify self-sabotaging traits and learn how to change them once and for all.

Had trouble keeping your cool the last time you talked to your mom? Read up on the secrets of dynamic communicators. Reevaluating your circle of friends? Discover the six types of grown-up friendships and appreciate your relationships for what they are. Stuck on a frustrating rung of the corporate ladder? Learn the traits that every employer loves—and how to master them yourself.

Fully loaded grown ups are fully empowered and in charge of their own lives. They are able to initiate change instead of just reacting to events, bounce back from setbacks and disappointments, and enjoy more satisfying relationships—with everyone, including themselves. Most important, fully loaded grown ups enjoy true freedom—not the kind envisioned as a child, meaning eating ice cream for dinner, but absolute confidence in their ability to live their own best life.

With her trademark mix of warmth and toughness, Stacy motivates readers to rally their strengths, let go of childish, outgrown attachments, and arrive at a peaceful balance between freedom and responsibility. Whether you feel you've lost control of your life or you just need a tune-up in an area or two, How to Be a Grown Up is a wise and witty life guide for the twenty-first century.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Stacy Kaiser is a licensed psychotherapist, relationship and body language expert, author and media personality. With over one-hundred television appearances in the last year on major networks including CNN, NBC, CBS, HLN, MSNBC and FOX, Stacy has a reputation for bringing a unique mix of thoughtful and provocative insight to a wide range of topics. In addition to her numerous television appearances, her expertise and perspective have been solicited by major corporations, public institutions, government agencies and philanthropic organizations.

As a psychotherapist on both VH1's Celebrity Fit Club and Lifetime's DietTribe, and guest expert on Tyra Bank's, Greg Behrendt's and Larry Elder's nationally syndicated talk shows Stacy Kaiser has gained a reputation for helping people face the truth that is holding them back from leading a life filled with a generous balance of responsibility, fun and freedom.

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I read it through twice as it was so inspiring.
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It is very uplifting and can actually make a change in your life!
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Yes, let me get this out right away....Stacy Kaiser is a babe.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on December 23, 2010
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I must admit in the first chapter, Stacey offers a quiz to assess how grown up you are. Perhaps that's why I didn't get much from the book as I scored reasonably high on the quiz. (its not that hard btw) And probably why I found there wasn't much in the book to be new or insightful. So this book isn't for everyone, even though the title says "everyone needs to know". However, if you're stuck or not coping with certain aspects of your life, than I am sure you will benefit from Stacey's advice as I notice much more rave reviews than comments like mine. If you are still deciding, here are the 10 secret skills Stacey discusses and if these are of interest to you, go ahead and purchase this book.
1. Learn to communicate better
2. Stop being a victim of your past and move on with what and where it is you want to be in your life.
3. Develop a support network of friends and or family and who can help you especially in times of need
4. Learn to see things from other people's points of view and have respect for other people especially those you are in an intimate relationship with
5. Present yourself to the world as who want to be and give up excuses about being too fat or too ugly etc
6. Make the effort to deal with your money worries, even though it may be uncomfortable
7. If you don't like your job - change it for something you do, but in the mean time try to see the bigger picture
8. Admit to and address your addictions for food, shopping, sex, or drugs etc
9. Learn time management
10. Learn to be more flexible to others, yourself and life in general.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By a reader on May 26, 2010
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I found this book to be full of compelling reasons why acting like a real grownup is a worthy goal. for me, in terms of communication skills (at work, particularly) and relationship issues, both areas where I could stand some improvement, I immediately began responding differently after reading those three particular chapters. It quickly became second nature for me to take a breath and ask myself, Is this how a GROWNUP would act... when tempted to fly off the handle, sulk, "punish" someone by ignoring them, be sarcastic, or any number of behaviors I catch myself falling into. It is surprising how gratifying it feels inside to respond in a more appropriate way... And it certainly gets the attention of family and friends, who expect you to act/react in predictable ways. I loved this book... I really do WANT to be a fully loaded grownup in all ten areas!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DC on May 18, 2010
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This book highlights basic skills for maintaining balance in every aspect of your life. From relationships, finance, appearance, career, self worth and so much more - Stacy guides you in achieving harmony and happiness with her no-nonsense approach.

I can't recommend this book enough. As a self proclaimed self-help junkie I've read them all. How to Be a Grown Up is a must have on any adults bookshelf!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sibyana Elhoss on April 28, 2011
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I bought this book several months ago and just can't finish it. I am an avid reader but this book did not hold my interest. The advice is not bad, it is just not a great or well written book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nitra on May 25, 2010
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How to be a Grown Up answers many questions I have been dealing with my family. I read it through twice as it was so inspiring. I saw myself and my family in so many of the chapters. It helped me understand many of the bad traits I have acquired and how to better myself and improve on my relationships with others. This is a book for everyone in the family.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Squidilly on December 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The design of this book feels slap-dash and haphazard. There is a quiz that is supposed to give you insight into yourself, and is pretty transparent. However, I could see many people not having a clue how to translate the quiz results after spending 20 minutes taking it. There should be more direct correlation between the items on the quiz and the chapters of the book. The cover is all marketing marketing marketing. Then inside, you just have to guess what the 10 "secret" skills are. The chapters are all titled obscurely, rather than, "Secret Skill Number 1: Communicate" or something that would help the reader.

Sloppy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. McDowell on October 6, 2012
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The writing is just so dry. I lost interest quickly. I guess I'm never going to learn to be a Grown Up
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on November 28, 2010
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Stacy Kaiser's book, HOW TO BE A GROWN-UP: THE TEN SECRET SKILLS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW is a must-read for everyone as we go through our fast-paced, complicated, demanding lives. I began reading the book in hopes of better-handling the difficulties of my life, and I made an unexpected discovery along the way: Ms. Kaiser explained, for me anyway, why I was over-spending money on unnecessary things. I thought I had things relatively under control, but the secret seeping of despair was showing up as spending money on clothes and other things I didn't really need, just to get that "kick" out of life... from the wrong (not "grown up",certainly irresponsible) source though. Read the book!
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