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Your Erroneous Zones: Step-by-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life Paperback – August 21, 2001
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About the Author
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was the bestselling author of 20 books and had a doctorate in counseling psychology. He lectured across the country to groups numbering in the thousands and appeared regularly on radio and television. He passed away in August of 2015.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I first encountered this book, I read it at least a half dozen times. There is a wealth of excellent practical advice that can be immediately applied to whatever your life situation happens to be. Dr. Dyer also has a gift for putting his ideas across in a simple, straightforward manner without a lot of jargon.
At least one writer pointed out that this book was written prior to Wayne Dyer's New Age phase. This is true and it does have a different tone from some of his later books. It is more likely to appeal to a wider audience than some of his later material which does have a stronger New Age flavor. PULLING YOUR OWN STRINGS, also from this earlier period is another excellent book and builds on the concepts developed in this one.
To illustrate... I used to believe that I had certain tendencies (like "worrying" about all the "what ifs" for example) that were somehow out of my control. The idea of buying into the idea that some things were just "family traits" that I was helplessly born into, that "we come from a family of neurotic people who worry".
I have a particular favorite story which is on the audio tape version of the book (I can't remember if it's in the printed version of the book.... the audio seems pretty much like he's extemporizing on the principles outlined in the book). He tells of how he was in a restaurant and the manager/owner of the restaurant is getting very upset and emotional at an employee. Dr. Dyer says to the guy something like "Look at yourself, you're going to give your self a heart attack by the time your fifty" to which the gentleman replies "I am fifty two and I had a heart attack two years ago" to which Dr. Dyer says something like "Then why do you do this to yourself ? " to which the fellow says "What do you want from me.... I'm Italian !" ..... as if that was an explanation for why he was getting himself all worked up.
Wayne really helps one realize that they don't have to "buy into" feeling like they are helpless victims of their cultural background, family dynamics and, Genetic tendencies etc.Read more ›
Okay, now that that's out of the way...
I was very confused with the numerous sexual references in the book. Sometimes it seems mildly inappropriate, and other times it just outright catches you off guard. This occurs mostly toward the beginning of the book. One incident in particular occurs in chapter 2. In regards to leaning how to love yourself, Dyer suggests standing nude in front of a mirror, exploring yourself sensually, with the aim of achieving "goose-bumps of shivery pleasure." I haven't read other self-help books. Maybe this is a common theme? I sure didn't see it coming.
Another complaint I had was in Dyer's perception of ideal relationships with others. He argues that holding any person above yourself is a grave mistake. No one is better than you. It's a bad idea to have idols or heroes, says Dyer. He brings forth obscurities as refusing to call your dentist "doctor," for that gives him prestige for his title that he doesn't deserve. Really? Wow. There are numerous nit-picks like this throughout the book--strange rituals between the lines.
Furthermore, one should never, according to Dyer, aid someone who needs you. He says it is better to refuse to help them, with the goal of teaching them to help themselves.Read more ›
After reading "Your Erroneous Zones" I think I felt more confused than settled. I was left with a background "noise" that said that the book, itself, was somewhat erroneous to me. Then I read "Pulling Your Own Strings" by Dyer, which made me more suspicious of Dyer's approach.
For example, in the book, it seems that if your child goes running around a restaurant bugging people, it's OK and it is their own fault for "Feeling" bugged. In other words, it always seems that, with Dyer, our feelings are invalid, especially if they're negative. I found this very troubling.
My more recent approach is to avoid most of the "self help" oriented books which actually sorta TELL you how to act or feel and substitute them with books that are a study on how the mind and brain actually work. The more we understand how our minds work, the more we understand ourselves and, thus, address some of the problems we deal with that are so common in life. That is, educate ourselves about how the "machine" works, then help ourselves by using our new knowledge, to control the "machine" better. Education resulting in action is true self help.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this in the 1970's with a mid-twenty's year old mind. It was great then; rather 'new' and cutting edge. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dennis Kessinger
What a great humanitarian. I greatly admired and respect Wayne Dyer. This outstanding book is one of his many great gifts to us all for which I am very grateful.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I see the transition in Wayne's format from a strong Psychologist to a true caring spiritual teacher of prosperity and higher consciousness in which he relays to his reader... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ernesto Vivas
This reviewer has found some of Dyer’s advice helpful over the years, and this book is full of insights and prescriptions for living with confidence. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul Froehlich
This book takes you deep into self. Looking at you and how you work with relationships. Successes is about being a relationship person. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Manfred Nowak