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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471463604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471463603
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

An easy program for freeing yourself from your mental and emotional traps–and leading the life you want and deserve

"This empowering book will teach, inspire, and coach you to break the habits of insecurity that prevent you from realizing your spontaneous inner potential for genuine happiness."
–John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"There is nothing more empowering than accepting responsibility. Taking responsibility is not about assuming fault; it is about re-taking the helm and control of your journey in life. This book will help you navigate through the difficulties of personality and behavioral change to more emotional peace."
–Dr. Laura Schlessinger, author of The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

Nobody is born insecure, angry, bored, or depressed. The fact is, happiness is our natural state and, as psychologist Dr. Joseph J. Luciani explains in this warm, witty, and empowering guide, chronic unhappiness is just a bad habit–a habit that can be broken.

It’s much easier than you think! Based on Dr. Luciani’s twenty-five years of experience helping patients unlearn reflexive, destructive thinking, The Power of Self-Coaching arms you with all the tools you need to free yourself from your mental and emotional traps. As you work through the many self-quizzes, training and coaching exercises, and Power Drills, you’ll see yourself anew and feel yourself growing lighter, more spontaneous, and ready to take charge of your life.

A proven five-step program for reconnecting with the innate capacity for happiness, The Power of Self-Coaching gives you what you need to:

  • Identify learned patterns of thought and feelings that are making you unhappy
  • Use Dr. Luciani’s celebrated Self-Talk techniques to develop new, healthy ways of thinking and feeling
  • Eliminate boredom, hopelessness, chronic fatigue, and emotional numbness from your life
  • Tap your full creative, intellectual, and emotional potential and live the rich, rewarding life you want and deserve

About the Author

Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D., has brought his message of hope to millions over the years. A clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years, he is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker. He is also the author of the bestselling Self-Coaching: How to Heal Anxiety and Depression.

More About the Author

Dr. Joe offers FREE Self-Coaching advice on his website and daily blog: / Twitter @SelfCoaching101 / facebook

He's training to run his fourth New York City Marathon, he hunts dinosaur bones in Wyoming, and he practices yoga and meditation. Dr. Joe Luciani lives the life he wants...but it wasn't always this way.

Years of struggle with anxiety and self-doubt led to a career in psychology with the hope of finding relief. And that relief came with the discovery that anxiety and depression, if treated as habits rather than as mental illnesses, can be dealt with simply and directly without endlessly having to dissect the "whys" of the past. As with someone trying to quit smoking, you don't have to know why you took that first cigarette--you simply have to chip away at the here-and-now habits of today.

If you too want to connect with the joys of life, then you need to know what you're doing that feeds your problems and what you can do to starve them instead. Self-Coaching--it's as simple as that.

Dr. Joe has been a practicing clinical psychologist for more than thirty-five years. He's the internationally best-selling author of the Self-Coaching series of books, published in nine languages. He's written articles and been featured in numerous national magazines and newspapers, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, USA Today, Fitness, Health, Shape, and Body and Soul. He appears frequently on national TV, radio, and the Internet.

Dr. Joe's books are available in bookstores and on Amazon, in print, audio, Kindle, and as e-books:

* Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression (completely revised and updated second edition)

* The Power of Self-Coaching: The Five Essential Steps to Creating the Life You Want

* Reconnecting: A Self-Coaching Solution to Revive Your Love Life

* Self-Coaching: How to Heal Anxiety and Depression

* Healing Your Habits: A Successful Technique for Overcoming Addictive Problems

Customer Reviews

One of the best, if not the best, self help book that i've ever read.
This is an amazing book if you are feeling down on your luck, or keep thinking pessimistically over things in life.
David Marano
This book has helped me change my life, and I'm happy for every reader who discovers it.
j gardener

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on December 3, 2010
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It's odd and mildly annoying that Luciani keeps telling the reader that he'll be teaching us techniques and approaches that will help us with our issues, that we'll be getting to it shortly, that it's coming soon, but the remainder of the book gets thinner and thinner and the techniques take forever to materialize.

That is, the first part of the book is largely filler, which is pretty common these days in self-help books, and the meat takes forever to come around. Lots of surveys and fill-in-the-blank sections to make the book easier to write, naturally.

I wish Luciani had really gotten down to business from the very beginning, and just laid it all out on the table, so to speak, instead of dancing around the topic for so long.

That said, there are some great bits of advice in this book, and overall it was worth the money and the time to read it.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Kevin NY on February 6, 2006
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A recent review of this book prompted me to add my two cents. I have read Dr. Luciani's book and feel that his techniques are truly unique and unlike any other self-help book I have read. I would definitely say that Dr. Luciani's approach is cognitive (more similar to Dr. Ahraham Low's seminal work than other CBT authors), however, I have no problem agreeing with the author when he says his insights were more intuitive, growing from his twenty-five years of work with his patients. Dr. Luciani's most significant contribution is his central, orienting thesis of control. From developmental roots of insecurity, there is an impetus to compensate through various controlling strategies (which, overtime become habits such as, worry, perfectionism, etc.). To me, this is truly a novel way of viewing struggle. Using this concept (along with the Self-Talk technique in the book), I have been able to dismantle a lifelong inclination toward worry, rumination, and anxiety. Trying to control life made it impossible for me to trust life or myself...until now!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By M. Long on August 10, 2004
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I don't have depression or anxiety and I swear I will never go to a psychologist or psychiatrist. I rarely even go to regular doctors, but am slightly more convinced of the importance of dentists.

Imagine my surprise when I found myself reading Dr. Luciani's book, realizing that many of the habits of insecurity and control could be found in my own life. I came across Dr. Luciani's philosophy of Self-Talk and his views on the habit-based nature of anxiety and depression on his website. Through reading his thoughtful and empathetic answers to truly troubled individuals seeking comfort and understanding, I was moved to read Dr. Luciani's articles and then to purchase The Power of Self-Coaching.

I still won't go to a doctor, but Dr. Luciani's book made me realize that my lifelong anxiousness and fear of failure are habits that I can break through sustained positive affirmation. Self-Coaching is a great tool for everyone struggling to deal with the stress of modern families and careers, regardless of whether you have a diagnosis of anxiety or depression, or are just feeling nervy all of the time.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Jabberwock on March 19, 2007
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I'm pushing sixty. I've been in and out of therapy and have been reading self-help books all my life. I ordered this (the CD version) with little hope. Not much seems new anymore.

Surprise! I was almost immediately engrossed. Luciani is wonderful. Using plain talk and simple analogies, he sums up what all the niche-marketers and long-winded "experts" are currently trying to sell us as "new." There's nothing new here. But Luciani's approach is refreshing, smart, and absolutely sane.

If you want to make a change (or changes) in your life, "The Power Of Self Coaching" will absolutely make a difference in your approach and give you information and activities that will not only show you how to change, but will inspire you to change.

How can anyone not love an author who wants his epitaph to read "I'd Rather Be Reading This"?
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. Byrem on February 26, 2006
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Dr. Luciani has written an amazing program that enables the reader to create the life they want.

It is written in a fashion that can be grasped by virtually any reader. What good is a treasure map if one cannot understand the directions?

And I do consider this book a treasure map with X `s throughout. You will find many treasures along this journey of Self-Coaching.

The book progressed in an intelligent and purposeful manner that concluded with the grand prize of understanding `why'.

Why do I do this? Why am I `stuck'? Why can't I succeed? Why? Why? Why?

As I approached each new discovery, it was with a slap on my forehead! Why couldn't I see this before!?

But what matters is what happens from here on out.

Spirituality is not a focus in this program, but I have found personally that it enhances my spiritual experience.

An important element of the program for me, because I don't fit the classic mold of any particular psychological label, but have traces of many, it was important to me that I could tailor his program to fit `me'.

My experience with Self-Coaching has been nothing less than miraculous, and I've had many good, some great (published, and personal) teachers in my life.

In my husband's words "Besides me, Self-Coaching is the best thing that has ever happened in your life". After nearly 28 years with me, he knows of which he speaks because he knows me better than any other living person, and has observed my comings and goings through the maze of `self-help' and `therapy-land'.

Take it from one who has been around the block a few times......GET THE BOOK! You won't be sorry!

Life is too short to miss the real thing!

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