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Prisoners of Belief: Exposing and Changing Beliefs That Control Your Life Paperback – July 1, 1991
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McKay's and Fanning's book helps you get to the foundation of your own "self-portrait," i.e., how you see yourself. Do you see yourself as a loner, as shy, as an angry person, as a cynic, as a happy person, as an assertive person? The authors help you uncover the rules you live by (e.g., Never say anything that will hurt someone. Never let anyone really get to know you. If you do not do things perfectly, you will be rejected.) Some of these rules may be healthy (e.g., Be responsible. Speak your mind openly and tactfully.) Some of these rules may literally drive you crazy (e.g., Don't make decisions. Don't try anything new.)
The authors help you understand and uncover your own core beliefs. "Your most deeply held, core beliefs are the bedrock of your personality.Read more ›
I grew up with many self-image beliefs that were extremely harmful to me & all my relationships with other people. This book helped me not only examine the origins of these beliefs, and the evidence to prove or disprove them, it helped me to observe a process I'd never known could be changed, nor seen. Our beliefs are often private, perhaps even secret to ourselves, are we ever aware of a belief and how it rules our life? Mostly we just believe them, and subconsciously experience the effects of those beliefs, never really thinking to question whether a belief if true--instead we'll blame ourselves or others for doing something wrong rather than think perhaps the belief is wrong.
One great example is being told one is stupid, ugly, fat, worthless, unlovable. One can grow up believing these things & acting on them, in effect destroying one's own life & relationships! However, these beliefs almost always come from sick or harmful sources, and are NOT true. I went back & looked at report cards, baby & toddler pictures, achievements, and found that I had all A's, was not in any way fat, or ugly, looked at the little girl in the pictures & knew she was lovable and worthy! Obviously the beliefs I'd held were ALL false, and had become a self-fulfilling prophesy in many ways!Read more ›
by Matthew McKay
"Belief is ultimately the key to happiness. Your most deeply held, core beliefs are the stock of your personality. They determine your feelings of worth, competence, belonging, loveability, security, trust & self-reliance. Restricting negative beliefs can imprison you behind bars of conviction. This book shows you how to become a personal scientist, test your core beliefs objectively, subtly shift your more negative convictions, & escape from the prison of belief to a freer, more satisfying life."
In a nut shell, the foregoing statement forms the principal thesis of the book.
I have owned this book - & have reread it several times - since it was first published in the early nineties. It is a relatively good book. It has been written by a clinical psychologist, & hence it is comparatively more intense, partly attributed to its therapeutic undertones. The exercises also take some discipline on the part of the reader to follow them.
Personally, I prefer Anthony Robbins' book, 'Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical & Financial Destiny', particularly chapter 4, Belief Systems: The Power to Change & the Power to Destroy. This author does a much better job in expounding his more upbeat principal thesis: "All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs."
In reality, Anthony Robbins covers a much broader spectrum. Essentially, he provides a step-by-step program on self-mastery: how to discover your true purpose, take control of your life & harness the forces that shape your destiny.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I give this book 5 stars. I found it to be absolutely eye opening and very helpful to find out what your true core beliefs are. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wendy
Very good book, it really affected my life in a positive way, and made me feel I was not alone in my journey to freedom from the inner critic.Published on December 6, 2013 by Daphnali
I read it and found it good.
Interesting with good tips in order to change your beliefs.
It gives a good insight for your beliefs.
This book was very disappointing. It had ideas but none of them were new or helpful. I found myself putting it aside and turning to another book on belief systems that really had... Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Joan M. Jennings
While I firmly believe that your mindset or your core beliefs rule your life, I did not find the book motivating me to follow their suggestions. Read morePublished on September 5, 2006 by John Chancellor
"Deeply held core beliefs are the bedrock of personality. Prisoners of Belief offers groun[d]breaking techniques for uncovering your basic core beliefs,... Read more
I have found the author's explanations and techniques very helpful in guiding offenders to exam their thoughts and how they lead them into committing crimes; I have also found the... Read morePublished on January 13, 2001 by Jeremy Appel