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The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings & How to Let Go and Be Happy Hardcover – January, 2003

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Our happiness, or the lack of it, is a ubiquitous concern?even the Declaration of Independence talks about it?and books on attaining that goal are likely to appeal to a number of readers. This work is no exception. Resnick writes in an appealing manner about how to enjoy nine core pleasures (primal, pain, relief, play, mental, emotional, sensual, sexual, and spiritual). The easy-to-read chapters are followed by specific exercises to help readers gain skills in various areas. Although many of Resnick's ideas seem obvious, many others are worthy of reflection and action. This is a solid choice for those relatively new to the self-help genre dealing with the normal angst of everyday life. Recommended for most public libraries.?January Adams, Franklin Twp. P.L., N.J.
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About the Author

Stella Resnick is a psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles. An active member of the American Psychological Association, she has written widely for journals and magazines. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 297 pages
  • Publisher: MJF Books (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567315518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567315516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book proves that pleasure is not just a self-indulgent pursuit of shallow people but a very positive and profound way to approach life. Dr. Resnick gives good information substantiated by research that the better you feel the more energy you have and the better you treat others. Her writing style is clear, personal, and reads easily. Most important, I could really relate to her examples and I used her exercises at the end of the chapters to experiment with some of her suggestions. It has made a real difference in my life and all the people I have recommended the book to have also gotten a lot out of it. I can honestly say that reading The Pleasure Zone has been a powerful experience and I'm happy to pass on the good news.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Stella is an excellent writer and speaker. This book really encourages you to focus on yourself, and your feelings. If you really want to find out how to discover your own "pleasure zone" and enjoy life again, read this book! It's wonderful!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Lynn on January 29, 2006
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I enjoyed this book. What made the book REAL for me was the fact that the author was willing to share her own personal experiences with abuse in her own childhood - very frank and courageous which made everything she wrote real and challenging to me and can be for any one who has found themselves "stuck" and looking to learn how to think "outside the box". I would recommend this book - as learning how to allow happiness and to

change the negative ways we sabotage our own personal happiness is just great and life affirming. A challenge to anyone seeking to change their life at any stage.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on December 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
"In The Pleasure Zone, Stella Resnick offers a number of personal experiments for increasing pleasure. Here's one: 'In a relaxed and experimental frame of mind, look around the area surrounding you and see what pleases you visually. You may see a print in a frame or a pretty view out your window. Look for vividness of color, a pattern of geometric shapes, lines converging and separating, a metallic sheen or patina, a play of light and shadows. Then close your eyes and see what you can recall of what you just saw. What images or colors stand out for you? Open your eyes and compare the true image with what you imagine.' Enhancing visual memory sharpens our ability to truly see what is in front of us, the world in all its majesty and splendor." (review by M.J.Ryan, author of The Happiness Makeover)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee Elliott on June 27, 2013
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Pleasure is not only sex and comfort. The book details many areas where pleasure is overlooked, but can improve the quality of our lives.
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