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The Odyssey of Sunraker Why would a successful doctor chuck it all and sail around the world?
The Odyssey of Sunraker Why would a successful doctor chuck it all and sail around the world?
by Arthur Graham Howard
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.95
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling life journey, January 4, 2009
As a sailor and author, I've read and enjoyed dozens of sailing books. The Odyssey of Sunraker stands apart from all of the others. It is more than simply the story of sailing around the world in a small sailboat, with all of the dangers, excitement, and joys that inevitably brings. It is the autobiography of a remarkable individual whose quest for a fulfilled life led him to study and teach music, become an orchestra conductor, study and practice medicine in California, Australia, and South Africa, become a master luthier, building his own violins and violas, and finally write a wonderful life story. Highly recommended!

Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
by David Ramsay Steele
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.27
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90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly Recommended, January 17, 2006
As an author in the field of economics (a behavioral science), a lifelong student of human behavior, and after observing many friends and relatives go through months and years of psychotherapy without alleviating their psychological problems, I long ago concluded that traditional psychotherapy was an ineffective pseudoscience.

Traditional psychotherapy, popularized by Freud, is rooted in the hypothesis that psychological problems stem from early experiences. Yet months or often years of lying on a couch and dredging up the traumas and anxieties of childhood does little more than satisfy our need be have someone listen. Nor have the majority of other branches of psychotherapy been more successful. From behaviorists like Watson and Skinner to psychoanalysts like Freud, Jung, Adler and Horney, millions of hours have been invested by patients with scant evidence (at least evidence that satisfies me) that the relief of any emotional symptoms is not just a placebo effect.

Several years ago a psychologist friend introduced me to the work of Albert Ellis, the originator of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). As a cognitive-behavioral approach, REBT focuses on the here-and-now cause of your problems: your irrational thinking. Numerous studies support the efficacy of this approach for a wide range of problems: anxiety, depression, procrastination, relationship problems, and addictions.

Thanks to its clear effectiveness, cognitive-behavioral therapy is rapidly gaining favor in the field of psychology. Dr. Helen Mayberg, a senior scientist at The Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest and the Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Neuropsychiatry at the University of Toronto noted: "Anti-depressant drugs change the chemical balance in the brain through effects at very specific target sites. Cognitive behavioral therapy also changes brain activity, it's just tapping into a different component of the same depression circuit board." With CBT, patients learn to evaluate emotional provocation in their environment in a new way. They are taught cognitive strategies for reducing automatic reactivity to negative thoughts.

The Milton H. Erickson Foundation every five years since 1980 has sponsored a major conference to explore modern psychological treatments. The last one in December brought together some 9,000 psychologists along with many of the world's most celebrated living therapists. Among them, the two men who developed cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. Albert Ellis, a psychologist in New York, and Dr. Aaron Beck, a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania. Both speakers brought crowds to their feet.

Dr. Ellis has written a number of books on REBT, most of which I've read, but the most readable and actionable of all books on the subject is Dr. Michael Edelstein's Three-Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.

A student of Dr. Ellis, and a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience, Dr. Edelstein's book is a step-by-step guide offering the reader the practical and effective techniques of REBT for overcoming the major psychological problems of our age: addiction, depression, anxiety, anger, procrastination, and panic attacks.

As Dr. Edelstein points out on his website ([...] it takes significantly longer than three minutes to dislodge the many dysfunctional aspects of a troubled personality. But these clear and simple exercises will gradually eliminate psychological distress from your life.

As Dr. Ellis himself says, "Of all the books that explain REBT in simple, clear, and highly usable form, Three Minute Therapy is one of the very best." I think it is the best. If you or someone you care about is struggling with psychological distress, I strongly recommend you read one book, Three-Minute Therapy. Read it, and practice the simple, three-minute exercises. It will change your life.

John Pugsley

Founder, The Bio-Rational Institute; Chairman, The Sovereign Society.

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