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About the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is one of the most popular talk-show hosts in radio history and the only woman to win the prestigious Marconi Award for syndicated radio. She is the author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, writes a daily blog, and is a regular Newsmax columnist. She is heard daily on Sirius/XM Channel 155 live, and her program is streamed and podcast on www.drlaura.com. Dr. Schlessinger has her own YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/drlaura). She is also the skipper and driver of a racing sailboat program that won the 2010 international race from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. She and her husband live in Southern California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (December 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060976497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060976491
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Laura Schlessinger received her Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University and holds a post-doctoral certification from the University of Southern California and licensing in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the author of nine New York Times bestsellers, including THE PROPER CARE AND FEEDING OF MARRIAGE. Her award-winning radio program is internationally syndicated by her Take On The Day company. It's broadcast every day on more than 250 stations, XM Satellite Radio, and the Armed Forces Network, and is stream-linked and podcast on www.drlaura.com.

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168 of 182 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
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Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives is a summary of
self-defeating behaviors women use to hide their lack of self-esteem
and fear of following their dreams. By using real-life examples from
her professional practice and her nartionally syndicated radio show,
Dr. Laura explains the thinking (or lack of thought) behind poor
decisions that have a harmful impact on women, their families, and
their friends. These poor decisions are usually the easy out, and
often compromise a person's integrity or plans for the
future. Dr. Laura effectively demonstrates how withstanding momentary
discomforts lead to a positive self-image and utlimately fulfilling
life.
I read this book about a year ago (not voluntarily at first,
my parents made me) and I am glad I did. Learning from the mistakes of
others is always better than repeating them yourself. I don't give a
whit what mistakes Dr. Laura has made, because it's irrelevant to the
merit of her message. Everything she says in her book is true; I have
personally witnessed many relationships gone awry due to the behaviors
Dr. Laura lists in her book. So if you want to be a happier, stronger
person, this book can point you in the right direction. But only if
you are willing to *honestly* reassess your own thoughts and actions
without being a spineless jellyfish.
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133 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
You have to ask yourself one question. Why do authors who are divorced write all the marriage and self-help books? Well in five words: "They learned from the experience."

If you want advice from a woman who has "been there/done that" then Dr. Laura is a good source of wisdom. She has fallen, picked herself up and moved on. Girlfriend, this is one woman who isn't going to take it anymore. She looks at the facts, pushes aside the romantic ideals and makes you face the reality of your situation. Personally, I kinda like her "in your face truth attitude." It is refreshing to finally hear what no one else will tell you. Dr. Laura's hope is that people will learn to live more balanced lives.

She takes a look at our unrealistic drives and primal needs. She says the "ultimate stupidity" is withholding from yourself the respect you deserve. She shows how women often tolerate obnoxious male behaviors in order to avoid loneliness, self-assertiveness, and self-sufficiency.

The lovely contents include chapters on Attachment, Courtship, Devotion, Passion, Cohabitation, Expectations, Conception, Subjugation, Helplessness and Forgiving. While most of this book seems to be for women who are dating, every woman should read this book.

"It is your job as a woman, as a person, to become as fully realized as you can by having dreams, forging a purpose, building an identity, having courage, and making commitments to things outside of yourself. In so doing, you take a more active role in the quality of your own life so that other people-friends, spouses, children-share in your growth rather than become responsible for it. You'll feel super. And you'll feel really womanly-as opposed to babyish or girlish-perhaps for the first time." ~Dr.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
I don't think this book deserves the low marks it's recieved here. Laura Schlesinger, for all her faults, is a perceptive woman, refreshing contrarian and-at her best moments-one tough, opinionated broad. Before she veered to the religious right around 1995, she wrote this book which is quite good and, contrary to what many might think, feminist. It's a good book to read or give to a young woman as Schlesinger takes a ferocious and unsentimental stand on the value of independence, risk-taking, hard work, courage and accountability. She's very hard on women who choose to see themselves as the victim in their life and relationships-one of the reasons she's so rabidly disliked by those who find not only succor-but their complete identity-in female victimhood. Schlesinger's L.A. talk show in the early nineties was riveting stuff as she took on just about every cliched, whiny cop-out that came her way. She always had the guts to say what a lot of people think, but don't have the guts to express-and I think she truly helped many of her callers see the light. The unfortunate thing about her more recent moral ranting is that it takes away from some of the excellent insights she's capable of. If you're looking for a self help book that will do more than tell you what you want to hear and repeat the same old cliches about how you are being vicitmized in your life by loser boyfriends, ex-husbands, "loving too much", "society", whatever, I recommend this.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By cgarris on January 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you don't like to look at yourself honestly in the mirror, you won't like this book! Dr. Laura's book is a must read for women young, mature, single or married! It provides guidance on how to: 1) choose a partner wisely, 2) walk away from dead-end relationships and 3) build a happier life with yourself and a deserving partner. It is unfortunate that many women believe that having a man, any kind of man, at any cost, is life's ultimate prize! Today, far too many women give away their power to men and settle for fantasy, disrespect and helplessness. I, too, have chosen unwisely and spent portions of my precious life with men who didn't deserve me. After reading this book, I can now put an end to my vicious cycle. The message was powerful. However, the writing, at times, was challenging to read. I am glad I stuck with it! The value of the message far outweighs the challenge. A key message that still ripples in my mind is that enhanced self-esteem is earned through courage, risk taking and overcoming challenges. Thank you Dr. Laura!
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