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About the Author

John Lee has taught Religious Studies at Austin Community College and Literature, Humanities and American Studies at the University of Texas and the University of Alabama. With a private counseling practice specializing in masculine psychology and men's issues, co-dependency and adult children of alcoholics, he also is the director of the Austin Men's Center.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 2nd edition (February 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558740066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558740068
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

For most of my career I've been writing self-help and psychology books (24 published), but I have also written fiction.


My latest book, The Half-Lived Life: Overcoming Passivity and Rediscovering Your Authentic Self, came out in 2012 and I'm already working on the next one!


In addition to writing I'm also a public speaker, teacher, consultant and life coach. My areas of expertise are passivity, emotional regression, anger management, recovery, relationships, men's issues, spirituality and creativity.


I've been fortunate enough to have been featured on Oprah 3 times and have also appeared on 20/20, Dr. Oz radio program, The View, CNN, PBS, and NPR.


As a consultant and trainer I've worked with The Betty Ford Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Hanley Center, Guy's Hospital (London, England), The New York Open Center, South Pacific Hospital (Sydney, Australia), Mountain Area Health and Education Center (North Carolina) and numerous others.


Before becoming a writer I was a professor at the University of Texas and Alabama. I live in Austin, TX with my wife, Susan, and an ever-growing group of animals. We also have a home in Mentone, AL.


If you want more info, please visit my site at www.johnleebooks.com or visit my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jleemain

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
John Lee, well known in the men's movement and the recovery movement, sets out to share with us his growth through his own troubles based on his prior relationships. His insights are well worth the read, as he shares with us the enlightenment he experiences as he tries to deal with the weight of his parents, his early rejections, and his inability to express the rage he feels in an appropriate way. His story is sometimes almost too personal: we don't really want to be there through ALL of it, somehow. And yet, we are transfixed even on the most basic responses he feels. His progress is steady and we are rewarded by the goals he achieves. Alas, like real life, there is no happy ending with the girl, the horse and the sunset. Still, the changes he feels, the inner pains he quells, these are all worth the pain he still carries, the fights he still has to fight. An enduring volume, and a must for the man still struggling with his father, struggling with his pain, or not sure why he struggles, only that he does.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1998
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I found this book helpful, hopeful and comforting for both my own pain from childhood traumas and for understanding the person I love so much who has his own demons from his childhood raised in an alcoholic family. Lee's book is probably most helpful to those who are ready and willing to face their problems and find professional help to guide them in confronting and neutralizing the pain so destructive to successful and meaningful adult relationships. A short read, an inexpensive book, but very useful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HealingWoundedMan on July 12, 2013
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I came upon this wonderful book in the Spring of 1991, when I was trying, very painfully I might add, to get over the break-up with a girlfriend. Robert Bly had come to Houston and a mentor of mine recommended John Lee's, The Flying Boy!

WOW!! I absorbed (horded it really) like a starving man discovering food for the very first time. I had never come across an author who wrote about feelings so well--and even more importantly pointed the finger at me to look at and examine my own family-of-origin issues.

This book--and even more so, Flying Boy, Book 2, the sequel, sent me down my own rabbit hole of self-examination and self-discovery. If you are looking for a book about co-dependency, toxic families, and men & how they deal with their anger and emotional pain, particularly how men handle their romantic and emotional connections with women; use work, alcohol, TV, sports, food, sex, isolation, sleep, or any number of other otherwise "normal" activities, not to feel, or to stuff down, or even deny their feelings, then this book is for you! --And if your like me back then, all of this stuff (especially on an experiential, or "feeling" level is new for the first time.

I was a rookie-novice to all of this stuff when I first came across, Bly, John Lee and this amazing little book. For me, it's where my journey really all began, reading (and identifying) with John's real-life struggles in his 1989 memoir...and I continue on my own experiential journey to this day, even 20+ years later (sometimes dropping the whole "recovery" work for awhile, and then coming back to it later.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marla Bodi on August 17, 2007
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I'm told this could have been a little more specific inasfar as guidance; however, it's based on the author's experiences and one soon understands that it's necessary to apply the information to one's own life. Once that light bulb goes on, it's a good read and a helpful work. It's also very short, and that helps a lot with motivation. :o)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Goldy on August 17, 2012
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Some topics and experiences from the book felt to me like they were taken from my own life. The auteur had extremely damaging parents, but I can tell you from my own experience that even families that are considered to be normal at the outside, like mine have devastating effects on the soul of a child, that he has to cope with for the rest of his life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Tomkinson on January 1, 2013
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John Lee shares his personal journey of recovery which in turn gave me great insite into my inner world of pain and confusion and codependent relationships.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hawaii Marine on July 19, 2014
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The author John Lee writes in a way that is simple to grasp. Great concepts I recommend his books to anyone trying to go deeper into themselves
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lookingelsewhere on July 25, 2012
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I read this book because I know at least two deeply troubled men who were greatly helped by it. In both cases, it saved their marriage and possibly their lives. Not all by itself, btw, but it gave them hope and caused them to deeply rethink their situations and seek the help they needed. Very useful.

I'm female and read it looking for insight into how some men think and feel. Lee's audios are good, as well.
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