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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426926278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426926273
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,004,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Diane Light, MA, psychotherapist, educator, and life coach for thirty years, developed Personality Integration Theory and Therapy, which reflect her belief in the Maturity Model rather than the Pathology Model of psychotherapy. A former radio host of "Life Coaching Live", she maintains a private practice in the Washington, DC area. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The material is dense but the tone is light enough to make for a fairly easy and enjoyable read.
AGPeditor
It provides a completely new and sensible perspective on what makes us tick, and how to have more power in our lives.
Carrie A Honore
As a practicing psychotherapist, I very much appreciate and find I can work with this functional new model.
Inspired

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carrie A Honore on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
1-2-2012

I got a chance to sit down and read THIS WAY OUT over the holidays and really found it to be fascinating. It provides a completely new and sensible perspective on what makes us tick, and how to have more power in our lives.

It does not go without note that a woman has developed a personality theory that captures, synthesizes, and furthers the psychology of this modern era, and offers us our power back. Diane Light takes us way beyond Freud's theory and his message that we are too complex to figure ourselves out. In THIS WAY OUT, she presents us with a system and methods that can be grasped and used by anyone who really wants to grow (and to actually grow up). Her unique perspective on psychology speaks to the dignity and power in each of us to make our own lives better. In no way does she suggest that psychotherapists are obsolete, only that the role has greatly changed from Freud's day.

I found this book to be organized, insightful, thorough, well researched, and beautifully written. For me it's a game changer. It is that good!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AGPeditor on May 1, 2012
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As an intelligent, fully functional adult who has battled with depression, anxiety and various addictions over my lifetime, I have read quite a few books that make similar claims as This Way Out in terms of providing answers to the myriad of questions I have always had about the root of my difficulties. However, I have never considered myself to be "sick"; I've always felt that the power to change was within me. The "tough love" approach of this book jumped out at me at once with the suggestion that "immaturity" plays a much stronger role than disease, an idea I have come to embrace through personal experience. In this powerful book, Diane Light was able to take the very best of 12 step programs and combine them with her unique take on how to transcend these defeatist patterns. Her Integrated Therapy approach is very similar to what I managed to cobble together on my own over the past decade, work that has allowed me to truly enjoy and value the life I lead now. But, boy, I wish I had this book to read ten years ago; it would have made my own necessary path a lot smoother and clearer.
The workbook elements of the book makes it extremely helpful to laypeople as well as counseling professionals. It is also peppered with great quotations- some literary, some philosophical, several quite whimsical. The material is dense but the tone is light enough to make for a fairly easy and enjoyable read. I truly believe this book has the potential to help a lot of people, and I only hope it acquires the reading audience it merits.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inspired on January 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This quiet and sometimes fun little book is packed with flashes of genius. The list of new ideas and concepts, that on their surface can strike a reader as simple, are actually incredibly insightful gems that create opportunities for anyone willing to apply them. The power to change is often touted in self-help books, but THIS WAY OUT by Diane Light actually delivers a clear and consistent new way of looking at how we think. By putting our current culture of confusion into the context of evolution, this book gives new hope to "who we are" and where we can be going.

What we have here is a fully developed and powerful new personality theory that includes our spirituality as a part of the psyche. This is a personality theory that fits well in the new spirituality friendly paradigm of cutting edge science. As a practicing psychotherapist, I very much appreciate and find I can work with this functional new model. It is filled with the kind of life-changing practical new information and ideas that come along once in a blue moon! I love it for myself and plan to recommend it to all my clients.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen H. on March 17, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
THIS WAY OUT: The Power to Change by Diane Light is all of that! It is so much more than a great book!

I just saw the HBO movie Game Change about the 2008 election with Sarah Palin and John McCain. As I watched it I couldn't help but think how much that title fits this book, and about how much they could have benefited from what I've been learning!

Reading THIS WAY OUT has given me a whole new way of looking at myself, my situation, my relationships, and other people! It has given me a new pair of eyes, and I can see myself and other people more realistically. That is power! I feel like I have a real opportunity to get what I actually want--to do what I want to do--and to do it all with integrity.

Read this book. It has the power to change you and your world for the better and that is a Game Change we all can applaud!

5 Stars!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Basketballbuddhist on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Based on a new way to view what is behind our thoughts and actions that make us who we are the author has written a book which includes both theory and practical application for overcoming the negative patterns and thoughts that lead us to destructive behaviors. Her theory called Personal Integration Therapy (IT) is the heart of the book. It asks us to follow a path of personal exploration and exercises to change and overcome what has been dealt to us through our family history as we grew up. It is difficult for many of us to recognize that a difficult childhood has had such a profound impact on our development and created difficulty in transitioning from the kid to the adult. The book spends a fair amount time discussing this transition and what happens when the roles get confused. There are many exercises in the book to help individuals apply IT theory which can seem a bit technical but can help us come to grips and understand how trauma or other injuries in childhood have so deeply formulated who we are as adults.
I recently read former NBA great Jerry West's book, "West by West" where a man who had everything was still tormented by the abuse and trauma of his childhood. Now in his late 60s he realized not being able to deal with childhood trauma has led to problems in all of his relationships and ongoing serious depression throughout his adult life. He comments in the book, "I know what happened to me but never understood how to move beyond it." He went through years of traditional therapy and research on his own that has given him insight, but no solutions.
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