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Judith Wright is the author of The One Decision: Make the Single Choice That Will Lead to a Life of More. An internationally recognized speaker and seminar leader, she founded the Wright Institute with her husband after twenty years of developing innovative education and personal-growth programs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158542532X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425327
  • ASIN: B001KVZ6QG
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor of Transformational Psychology, The Wright Graduate Institute
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Dr. Judith Wright is a peerless educator, lifestyles expert, inspirational speaker, best-selling author, and corporate consultant. A media favorite, Judith has appeared on more than 500 radio stations and 80 TV programs including ABC's 20/20, Oprah, Good Morning America, the Today show, and more. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers across the country including Marie Claire, Fitness, and Health as well as The Chicago Tribune, The New York Daily News, and The Detroit Free Press. Dr. Wright is the author of Transformed! The Science of Spectacular Living, The Soft Addiction Solution, and The One Decision. You want to see the woman that Women's World Magazine calls 'one of America's Ultimate Experts."

Judith is an energetic, charismatic, and engaging speaker, and has an audience appeal that transcends age, culture, gender, and occupation. An expert in areas like relationships, creative conflict, work productivity, Judith's latest venture is as Professor of Transformational Psychology at The Wright Graduate Institute, which she co-founded with her husband Dr. Bob Wright. She is also the founder of SOFIA, the Society of Femininity in Action, a cutting-edge women's development, training, and empowerment program.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn G. Pearson on January 18, 2007
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Judith Wright's book is a must for anyone who's been looking for a way to add more "good stuff" (like time, money, and love) to their life while getting rid of the bad habits (like overeating, procrastinating, too much TV) that get in the way of them. I've personally discovered how much time I've wasted playing computer games and sitting in front of the TV. Not to mention the unconscious eating I've done. I've lost 35 pounds without trying just by paying attention to what goes in my mouth rather than mindlessly munching.

And it's not about deprivation - it's about adding things that are more nourishing than computer solitaire or too much food. So I feel more satisfied rather than less and filled up rather than overstuffed.

As a physician, I see the effects of our Soft Addictions all day, every day. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Collin Canright on August 31, 2007
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Judith Wright has such a forgiving and refreshing approach to bad habits. The way she talks about "soft addictions" makes me feel so much self acceptance and understanding for myself and why I do the things I do. Instead of hating and indicting myself, I feel compassion and insight. I realize I am looking for something more meaningful and nourishing and that I can decide to do something different and have a completely different experience. Judith's "math of more" is a brilliant way to think about making incremental positive changes that add up over time. Instead of trying to quit something cold turkey, Wright recommends identifying what I am really emotionally hungry for and finding a better way to really satisfy that hunger. The other night, I was on a business trip and was starting to surf the channels on the TV, killing time and staying up too late. I caught myself and realized that I was searching kind of aimlessly for something that would interest me, excite me or somehow make me feel connected with something. I realized that I was longing for personal contact, so I turned off the TV, called my wife, talked to her for a few minutes and went to bed. I felt a little happier and slept better and longer. This seemed like a really small thing, but made me feel much better the next day. Wright combines her compassionate approach to life with a logical and very effective set of methods for making lasting positive change. This is the real deal - not just good ideas, but very practical, useful stuff, grounded in real life experience.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Myrna Weinman on August 31, 2007
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I've read other books about stopping my soft addictions, but this is the first one that had me add something to replace them. It's making all the difference! I never thought I was indulging my soft addictions because I was missing something deeper in my life. I find myself asking my husband to take time to connect with me when I feel the urge to go shopping. I've been able to consistently get to work on time, when I've been a chronically tardy person. A little bit at a time, I am eliminating the clutter in my house. This book is very effective in helping me make more out of my life and my relationships!
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Maria TM on October 11, 2009
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The concepts in this book are good, but if you are buying it, you are probably aware of the major concepts to a large extent. This book preaches to the converted and doesn't have all that much new to say to them. In condensed form, it would probably make an excellent magazine article, but the author's own goals of marketing and self-promotion unfortunately sabotage much of the merit of this book.

The good:
- The main idea: soft addictions, i.e. mindless routines and unproductive behaviors, consume a lot of time in most people's lives and rob us of time for doing things that would make us happier.
- The explanation: people resort to soft addictions when they can't deal with emotions such as anxiety, hurt, etc., or as an attempt to satisfy a a yearning they can't identify. This is probably the greatest strength of the book, as most people who realize they have soft addictions tend to blame themselves for being so "stupid" without understanding what drives them to the behavior.
- The (broad) solution: identify the deeper hunger that drives each addiction and try to find a way to satisfy it by a meaningful and fulfilling activity.

The bad:
- If you buy a book called "The Soft Addiction Solution", you probably have a good idea what soft addictions are and that you have them. The book, however, spends several chapters trying to get you to "discover" that you have soft addictions and how much time (and/or money) they are costing you.
- Despite its name, the book offers few concrete solutions. In fact, a more apt title would be "The Soft Addiction Problem".
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By a serious reader on February 11, 2007
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I think the basic concepts in this book are important and can help many people. That is, the idea that we all waste time and life's energy on meaningless activities, and that there is a better, more enjoyable, and more meaningful way to live. BUT, that said, this book is much, much longer than it needs to be. All of the important ideas could be gotten across in about 50 pages or even fewer. I found myself more and more bored, and did not even finish the book. And I am a person who generally always finishes a book once started. This book, I could not even slog through as it was just repeating the same thoughts over and over and over. It was also irritating that the author repeats the same cutsie little sayings over and over. Anyway I would recommend learning about this author's ideas, but I would not recommend reading this book.
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