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The Talent Powered Organization: Strategies for Globalization, Talent Management and High Performance
The Talent Powered Organization: Strategies for Globalization, Talent Management and High Performance
by Peter Cheese
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Seed, December 16, 2007
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Corporate America is facing a new challenge. There is a generation of intelligent and well-educated people under the age of 30, who do not want to settle into jobs, careers or relationships. Some are calling them the unhooked generation. Retaining these people presents particular challenges. Yet finding, keeping and nurturing talent - what Sigmund Freud referred to as the Golden Seed - is becoming ever harder at every level of organizations. The days of following the family tradition and becoming a butcher, a baker or candlestick maker are clearly long gone. So are the days of staying with one company for an entire career. We have a highly mobile workforce and that mobility is also making it ever harder to keep and grow talented people. Yet these are the very people that a company needs if it is to thrive. Any organization that neglects its pool of talent will find it difficult to survive. Conversely, those that make a significant effort to find and nurture talent will be far more likely to succeed.

Enter this engaging and informative book that makes a very strong argument that talent is the key resource on which all organizations depend and that they should therefore treat talent as a strategic issue, and all of their operations should be focused on growing the skills of the workforce.

This is a practical book that revolves around the authors' experience at Accenture and how they were able to tap and maintain their reservoir of talent and expertise, and how a shift in attitudes and methods helped them to engage their workforce.

I am glad that I read the book, but I share the concern of some other reviewers: a good editor would have pruned the book down to about half its size. It is also a shame that there is no index and little mention of the importance of building contentment and resilience in the workforce.

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life


Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems, First Ed (Applications of Motivational Interviewing)
Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems, First Ed (Applications of Motivational Interviewing)
by William R. Miller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helping People Get Unstuck, November 18, 2007
Motivation is an essential component of so much what we do in life, whether we are trying to get up and go to the gym, do the laundry or deal with addiction. This seems so obvious, but the idea of using specific interventions to help people on their way is fairly new, and really fond its feet with the publication of William Miller and Stephen Rollnick's classic book Motivational Interviewing. The central idea of motivational interviewing (MI), is to help people to mobilize their energy, commitment and personal resources.
As an example, most of us are ambivalent about change and the steps that we need to take to implement change in our day-to-day lives. It can be a great deal worse in people struggling with, say, anxiety or addiction. So in MI the therapist recognizes, accepts and integrates this ambivalence - "I was to change but at the same time I am going to resist change" - as part of a normal process. Rather than attacking resistance, what is done is to give an individual the chance to hear, honor, validate, and integrate these different parts of him or herself. The whole approach is positive and collaborative, and it often works particularly well with people who are getting "stuck."

Over the last five year MI has become extremely popular as a tool for encouraging and facilitating many different kinds of positive behavior change. This excellent book is part of the Applications of Motivational Interviewing Series, edited by Stephen Rollnick and William R. Miller.

There are thirteen chapters by leading experts in the field of MI:

1. Learning, Applying, and Extending Motivational Interviewing: Hal Arkowitz and William R. Miller
2. Integrating Motivational Interviewing into the Treatment of Anxiety: Henny A. Westra and David J. A. Dozois
3. Enhancing Combat Veterans' Motivation to Change Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Other Problem Behaviors: Ronald T. Murphy
4. Motivating Treatment-Refusing Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: David F. Tolin and Nicholas Maltby
5. Motivational Interviewing as a Prelude to Psychotherapy of Depression: Allan Zuckoff, Holly A. Swartz, and Nancy K. Grote
6. Motivational Interviewing as an Integrative Framework for the Treatment of Depression: Hal Arkowitz and Brian L. Burke
7. Motivational Interviewing and Suicidality: Harry Zerler
8. Motivational Interviewing in the Management of Eating Disorders: Janet Treasure and Ulrike Schmidt
9. Motivational Interviewing and the Treatment of Problem and Pathological Gambling: David Hodgins and Katherine Diskin
10. Motivational Interviewing for Medication Adherence in Individuals with Schizophrenia: Stanley G. McCracken and Patrick W. Corrigan
11. Motivational Interviewing with Dually Diagnosed Patients: Steve Martino and Theresa B. Moyers
12. Motivational Interviewing in the Correctional System: An Attempt to Implement Motivational Interviewing in Criminal Justice: Carl Åke Farbring and Wendy R. Johnson
13. Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems: Conclusions and Future Directions: Hal Arkowitz, William R. Miller, Henny A. Westra, and Stephen Rollnick

As you will see from the chapter headings, the authors try to describe novel MI applications in the treatment of an array of different psychological and psychiatric problems from to schizophrenia. There is also something unusual: an attempt to look MI approaches in the criminal justice system.

The chapters are all very well written and follow the same format: a concise but adequate overview of the disorder or the population being discussed, followed by a description of ways in which MI has been integrated with standard treatment approaches. This is a very practical book that uses a step-by-step approach to show exactly how to use MI, and the methods are illustrated with well-chosen clinical cases. Finally there is a review of the research base.

MI seems to be here to stay, and many of the methods are also being applied outside the clinic, particularly in helping people who have trouble with making appropriate lifestyle choices. There has recently been a great deal of interest in using MI to help with problems such as weight management and smoking cessation.

This book is extremely valuable not only for anybody engaged in therapy but also for anyone interested in motivation and behavior change.

Highly recommended.

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life
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The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas
The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas
by G. Richard Shell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Influencing with Integrity, November 18, 2007
Two things attracted me to this splendid little book. First, when I saw it in a bookstore, the clever title seemed to be a play on words - The Art of War - with a cover of one bird trying to persuade - woo - another. Second was a brief but enticing review in Time magazine.

I am delighted that these two factors lead me both to buy and read the book.

The authors are both on the Faculty of the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, and by "Woo" they do indeed mean the art of the relationship, by which they mean the ability to win over colleagues and co-workers, clients and customers. We all have different motivations for doing the things that we do, and a half-century of research has shown that they cannot simply be reduced to pain and pleasure. Things are often a lot more complex than that. So the ability to influence has to be similarly multifaceted.

Many great leaders have had this remarkable ability to bring people on board by using emotionally intelligent persuasion in place of coercion. It is no surprise that the authors use Napoleon Bonaparte and Abraham Lincoln as two examples of people who were masters of the art of "woo," before also describing a number of famous people form the business world.

Since a viable interpersonal relationship requires more than one person, the book examines "woo" for people throughout an organization. So you can certainly sell yourself and your product, but it is best to do the selling after learning about your own strengths and weaknesses, so that you develop a style based on a dynamic self-awareness.

The authors use a model based on five styles, to describe different approaches to persuasion:
Driver (e.g. Andy Grove of Intel fame)
Commander (e.g. J.P. Morgan)
Promoter (e.g. Andrew Carnegie)
Chess player (e.g. John D. Rockefeller)
Advocate (e.g. Sam Walton)

As we would expect, the authors have deliberately taken extreme cases to illuminate their model, and most of us are composites of a number of styles.

The authors also step outside the business world and highlight people like the singer Bono, who has a legendary ability to find the right way to engage with the people who can support his social causes. This is an example of a high level of "woo" being used in a good cause. But the authors are not so naïve as to assume that "woo" is necessarily a good thing. Many psychopaths are masters of the art of woo, and there are several people currently serving time behind bars for their ability to persuade colleagues, subordinates and investors to jump over a cliff on their behalf. So the authors also emphasize the importance of wooing with integrity.

This is an excellent and well-written book that I recommend highly to anyone who ever needs to influence someone else to do something. And that probably means all of us!

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life


Incite
Incite
by Scott Ski
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Floats Like a Butterfly But Stings Like a Bee, November 18, 2007
This review is from: Incite (Paperback)
Back when the world was new, a very smart and humorous man taught us how the great computer Deep Though spent seven and a half million years to come up with the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. The answer was Forty-two.

When asked, the author of this charming and insightful book told me that he was unaware of the revelation in the The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Yet Incite consists of exactly 42 chapters. Any one of them can be read in 2-3 minutes, but each - or any - of which could have a profound effect on your life.

After years of telling people to slow down and take time to smell the roses, I realize that it is not going to happen, and that the new challenge is to help people to make a difference in their lives in the shortest time possible.

This marvelous little book does exactly that. It consists of 42 interesting, fun or affecting anecdotes or observations, each of which flows into a profound lesson. The real skill of the author is that he is a natural storyteller. Not just a good very writer who tells stories, but someone for whom his stories are as natural a breathing. So they are short and have a delightful lightness about them. And the power of the book is that the lessons and "incites" slip in under the radar. That is, I think, why they are so seductive and so affecting. The stories are as enchanting and enticing as beautiful butterfly on a summer's day. Yet the punch line can take your breath away and sting you into action.

This is a book to keep with you. Not just at your bedside, or some other room in the house, but in your briefcase, purse or whatever other kind of bag you carry on your travels.

It is one of those rare books that you can read for enjoyment, and finish it in a couple of hours. It is also a book that could inspire you for half a lifetime.

Very highly recommended.

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life


The Self-Conscious Emotions: Theory and Research
The Self-Conscious Emotions: Theory and Research
by Jessica L. Tracy
Edition: Hardcover
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Advances in Understanding Self-Regulation and Social Conformity, November 15, 2007
Not a day passes without something in the news that is a direct consequence of a failure of regulation. A student commits a crime because he has been teased and taunted; a woman is attacked because she has supposedly brought shame on a family or people abuse substances to deal with social pressure. These are the "self-conscious emotions," that include embarrassment, shame, guilt, humiliation and pride. The self-conscious emotions have important roles in psychological and social functioning, and can cause havoc if something goes wrong with them, or if they are activated "inappropriately."

Until recently the study of emotion has focused primarily on anxiety, sadness, anger and depression, but this book considerably expands that focus.

There are 6 sections and 24 chapters:

I. Theoretical Perspectives: Social, Cognitive, and Neural Mechanisms Underlying Self-Conscious Emotions
1. The Self in Self-Conscious Emotions: A Cognitive Appraisal Approach: Jessica L. Tracy and Richard W. Robins
2. What's Moral about the Self-Conscious Emotions?: June Price Tangney, Jeffrey Stuewig, and Debra J. Mashek
3. How the Self Became Involved in Affective Experience: Three Sources of Self-Reflective Emotions: Mark R. Leary
4. Neural Systems for Self-Conscious Emotions and Their Underlying Appraisals: Jennifer S. Beer
5. A Social Function for Self-Conscious Emotions: The Social Self Preservation Theory: Tara L. Gruenewald, Sally S. Dickerson, and Margaret E. Kemeny

II. Developmental Contexts and Processes
6. The Development of Self-Conscious Emotions: Cognitive Processes and Social Influences: Kristin Hansen Lagattuta and Ross A. Thompson
7. The Development of Pride and Moral Life: Daniel Hart and M. Kyle Matsuba
8. Self-Conscious Emotional Development: Michael Lewis

III. Cultural Influences
9. Shifting Meanings of Self-Conscious Emotions across Cultures: A Social-Functional Approach: Jennifer L. Goetz and Dacher Keltner
10. From Appeasement to Conformity: Evolutionary and Cultural Perspectives on Shame, Competition, and Cooperation: Daniel M. T. Fessler
11. A Cross-Cultural Examination of Lexical Studies of Self-Conscious Emotions: Robin S. Edelstein and Phillip R. Shaver
12. Cultural Models of Shame and Guilt: Ying Wong and Jeanne Tsai
13. Respect as a Positive Self-Conscious Emotion in European Americans and Chinese: Jin Li and Kurt W. Fischer

IV. Specific Emotions: Function and Conceptualization
14. Is Embarrassment a Blessing or a Curse?: Rowland S. Miller
15. The Nature of Pride: Jessica L. Tracy and Richard W. Robins
16. The Evolution of Shame as a Marker for Relationship Security: A Biopsychosocial Approach: Paul Gilbert
17. Humiliation: Causes, Correlates, and Consequences: Jeff Elison and Susan Harter
18. Shame and Guilt as Morally Warranted Experiences: Tamara J. Ferguson, Daniel Brugman, Jennifer White and Heidi L. Eyre

V. Special Topics and Applications
19. Group-Conscious Emotions: The Implications of Others' Wrongdoings for Identity and Relationships: Brian Lickel, Toni Schmader, and Marija Spanovic
20. Shame and Guilt in Antisocial and Risky Behaviors: Jeffrey Stuewig and June Price Tangney
21. Wrestling with Nature: An Existential Perspective on the Body and Gender in Self-Conscious Emotions: Tomi-Ann Roberts and Jamie L. Goldenberg
22. Overvalued and Ashamed: Considering the Roles of Self-Esteem and Self-Conscious Emotions in Covert Narcissism: Jennifer K. Bosson and Jennifer L. Prewitt-Freilino
23. Runaway Nationalism: Alienation, Shame, and Anger: Thomas J. Scheff

VI. Assessment
24. Assessing Self-Conscious Emotions: A Review of Self-Report and Nonverbal Measures: Richard W. Robins, Eric E. Noftle, and Jessica L. Tracy

The authors are all experts in their respective fields and they cover everything from basic brain mechanisms to complex social processes.

There is a strong sense that this whole field of self-conscious emotions is a real and important frontier, not only of psychology, but also of neuroscience, social studies and ultimately even the law. Not only are they important for the maintenance of society, but also an understanding of cross-cultural differences is vital in our shrinking world.

The last chapter on "assessment" is particularly striking: It describes and evaluates virtually all the measures that have so far been developed.

This is an outstanding book for anyone interested in emotion, personality, identity, moral development, attachment, relationships and culture in general. Many of the topics are also relevant to such disparate issues as risk taking, gang behavior and nationalism.

Very highly recommended.

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life


Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind
Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind
by Robert M. Seyfarth
Edition: Hardcover
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Party Animals?, November 15, 2007
Charles Darwin once wrote of his belief that if we would learn something very important if we could but understand the behavior of baboon.

The authors of this enthralling book are widely known for their studies of primate behavior in the Okavango in Botswana, and set out to do just that: understand how behavior baboons live and organize their lives.

Baboons live in groups of up to 150 individuals, which include a few males and eight or nine matrilineal families of females. The account of the daily life of the group reads like the script of Survivor!

There is a complicated mix of personal relationships ranging from short-term bonds for mating to long-term friendships that lead to cooperative rearing of the young. There are intrigues that may involve alliances of two or three individuals all the way up to battles that involve three or four extended families.

What this tells us is that the survival of an individual baboon and his or her family depends on an ability to predict the behavior of others and arrange to form the most advantageous relationships. So are these just reflexive behaviors, or do baboons form models of the world and their place in it? In such a fluid social environment, to what extent can they deduce the motives of other baboons?

This book sets out to discover the intelligence that underlies this social organization. In the process we learn a lot about ourselves.

The book is divided into twelve chapters:
1. The Evolution of Mind
2. The Primate Mind in Myth and Legend
3. Habitat, Infanticide, and Predation
4. Males: Competition, Infanticide, and Friendship
5. Females: Kinship, Rank, Competition, and Cooperation
6. Social Knowledge
7. The Social Intelligence Hypothesis
8. Theory of Mind
9. Self-Awareness and Consciousness
10. Communication
11. Precursors to Language
12. Baboon Metaphysics

These are followed by an appendix, references and a good Index.

The social lives of baboons are fluid and highly complex, and that reflects a complex and adaptable social intelligence. This will not surprise most people who live with animals: Many of them have quite elaborate social systems, sophisticated emotions and quite well developed concepts of social propriety and even of right and wrong.

The authors write very well indeed. They share their enthusiasm and the implications of their work.

This is a terrific book that deserves a very wide readership, not least because it helps put to bed the notion that humans are the only species with a complex social life.

Humans may be different, but we are not that different.

Highly recommended.

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life
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The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology)
The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology)
by Evan Thompson
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magnum Opus of Consciousness Studies, November 15, 2007
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I recently reviewed the excellent The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, and I had expected that this book would be similar. In fact the two are excellent complements to each other.

So what is this book about, how is it structured, and how does it differ from the Blackwell Companion?

Both books set out to answer some of the Big Questions: How does consciousness arise in the human brain? What is self-awareness? What are the most promising theoretical and experimental approaches to the questions of consciousness?

The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness casts a wide net. There are 31 substantial chapters written by almost fifty of the best known authorities in different aspects of consciousness.

1. Introduction

PART I The Cognitive Science Of Consciousness
A. Philosophy

2. A Brief History of the Philosophical Problem of Consciousness: William Seager
3. Philosophical Theories of Consciousness: Contemporary Western Perspectives: Uriah Kriegel
4. Philosophical Issues: Phenomenology: Evan Thompson and Dan Zahavi
5. Asian Perspectives: Indian Theories of Mind: Georges Dreyfus and Evan Thompson

B. Computational Approaches To Consciousness
6. Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness: Drew McDermott
7. Computational Models of Consciousness: A Taxonomy and Some Examples: Ron Sun and Stan Franklin

C. Cognitive Psychology
8. Cognitive Theories of Consciousness: Katharine McGovern and Bernard J. Baars
9. Behavioral, Neuroimaging, and Neuropsychological Approaches to Implicit Perception: Daniel J. Simons, Deborah E. Hannula, David E. Warren, and Steven W. Day
10. Three Forms of Consciousness in Retrieving Memories: Henry L. Roediger ', Suparna Rajaram, and Lisa Geraci
11. Metacognition and Consciousness: Asher Koriat
12. Consciousness and Control of Actions: Carlo Umiltà

D. Linguistic Considerations
13. Language And Consciousness: Wallace Chafe
14. Narrative Modes Of Consciousness And Selfhood: Keith Oatley

E. Developmental Psychology
15. The Development Of Consciousness: Philip David Zelazo, Helena Hong Gao, and Rebecca Todd

F. Alternative States Of Consciousness
16. States Of Consciousness: Normal And Abnormal Variation: J. Allan Hobson
17. Consciousness In Hypnosis: John F. Kihlstrom
18. Can We Study Subjective Experiences Objectively? First-Person Perspective Approaches And Impaired Subjective States Of Awareness In Schizophrenia: Jean-Marie Danion And Caroline Huron
19.Meditation And The Neuroscience Of Consciousness: An Introduction: Antoine Lutz, John D. Dunne, And Richard J. Davidson

G. Anthropology/Social Psychology Of Consciousness
20. Social Psychological Approaches To Consciousness: John A. Bargh
21. The Evolution Of Consciousness: Michael C. Corballis
22. The Serpent's Gift: Evolutionary Psychology And Consciousness: Jesse M. Bering And David F. Bjorklund
23. Anthropology Of Consciousness: C. Jason Throop And Charles D. Laughlin

H. Psychodynamic Approaches To Consciousness
24. Motivation, Decision Making, And Consciousness: From Psychodynamics To Subliminal Priming And Emotional Constraint Satisfaction: Drew Westen, Joel Weinberger, And Rebekah Bradley

PART II The Neuroscience Of Consciousness
A. Neurophysiological Mechanisms Of Consciousness
25. Hunting The Ghost: Toward A Neuroscience Of Consciousness: Petra Stoerig
26. Neurodynamical Approaches To Consciousness: Diego Cosmelli, Jean-Philippe Lachaux, And Evan Thompson

B. Neuropsychological Aspects Of Consciousness: Disorders And Neuroimaging
27. The Thalamic Intralaminar Nuclei And The Property Of Consciousness: Joseph E. Bogen
28. The Cognitive Neuroscience Of Memory And Consciousness: Scott D. Slotnick And Daniel L. Schachter

C. Affective Neuroscience Of Consciousness
29. The Affective Neuroscience Of Consciousness: Higher- Order Syntactic Thoughts, Dual Routes To Emotion And Action, And Consciousness: Edmund T. Rolls

D. Social Neuroscience Of Consciousness
30. Consciousness: Situated And Social: Ralph Adolphs

Part III Quantum Approaches To Consciousness
31. Quantum Approaches To Consciousness: Henry Stapp

As you will see from the titles of the chapters, he first section - the cognitive science of consciousness - is mainly involved with philosophical, anthropological, and linguistic approaches to the nature of the conscious mind, together with some intriguing insights gathered from artificial intelligence and computational models.

There are highly readable chapters on such many key topics: the role of consciousness thought in retrieving memories, consciousness and the control of action and the existence of consciousness in animals. '

The second section - the neuroscience of consciousness - covers a similarly wide variety of topics. The final chapter dares to tread where many other books have not, by examining models of consciousness inspired by insights from quantum theory. Henry Stapp has made substantial contributions to this highly controversial area that has also attracted distinguished academics like David Bohm and Roger Penrose. '

My only regret is that such a broad and brave book did not also dip into some of the issues recently discussed in Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, With CD containing F. W. H. Myers's hard-to-find classic 2-volume Human Personality (1903) and selected contemporary reviews, which proposes that consciousness may not so much be created by the brain, but rather be contained by it.

For anyone interested in consciousness studies, both this book and the Blackwell Companion will be essential reading for many years to come.

Highly recommended

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life
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Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Journal Writing
Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Journal Writing
by Sheppard B. Kominars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Writing to Renew and Reinvent Your Life, November 15, 2007
Storytelling is one of our most fundamental and enduring needs. Our stories define us. They are the vehicles of meaning and they serve as the narrative of our views about our world and ourselves. We all constantly tell stories that shape virtually every human activity from our emotions to our personal relationships and our politics. One of the casualties of the pharmacological eclipse of the "talk therapies," has been that many people are no longer being encouraged to explore the meaning of their distress.

Writing our stories introduces another dynamic: most of us find that putting out thoughts and feelings down on paper helps to give us mental and emotional clarity.

This book is not the first to discuss journal writing as a method of healing, but it is one of the best that I have read.

In the foreword by the author of Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, Frank McCourt says, "Why, oh why, didn't someone walk up to me when I was 25 and stumbling, and hand me a book like this?"

The answer is that as far as I know, there was no such book. This one is unique and the fruit of fifty years or regular journaling combined with practical experience of using journal writing for therapy. Sheppard Kominars was first encouraged to use journaling at a time in the mid-1950s when he was suffering from intractable headaches. To his astonishment they began to become more manageable and then to subside. He continued writing over the years, and his writing supported him during the vicissitudes of life, particularly when he developed another kind of physical illness. In recent years he has taken his method on the road, teaching journal writing to a new generation of people with chronic illnesses, in the hope that writing will help them articulate and make sense of their experiences.

In the last few years a small body of evidence has indicated that journal writing may be highly therapeutic for people with some kinds of problems, and it may also act to prevent some psychological difficulties. Sheppard's experience would seem to endorse that research.

The book really does begin at the beginning, even dealing with the kind of book and paper to use. Sheppard then takes us through the practicalities of what, when and where to write.

For many years now I have encouraged people to use storytelling as a method of writing and re-writing their life stories, all the time unaware of Sheppard Kominars' work. So this book particularly fascinated me. The methods that he details not only help people struggling with health problems, but can also be potent vehicles for building our personal resilience to the slings and arrows that are an inevitable part of life.

I hope that this book has a very wide readership and that it becomes the catalyst not only for a wider use of writing in healthcare and wellness, but also that it prompts further scientific investigations into its use.

For teachers, people who would like to maintain their health, as well as people struggling with physical and psychological problems, this is a must read!

Very highly recommended.

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life


On Golden Pond... Or Up the Creek?: Making the Right Choices for Your Retirement Security
On Golden Pond... Or Up the Creek?: Making the Right Choices for Your Retirement Security
by F. Bill Billimoria
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to Start Paddling!, November 15, 2007
I do not often read books on financial planning, and this one quickly persuaded me of my folly.

The witty title tells you that this is not going to be a standard account of where and when to park your money and other assets. This book is clearly the work of a master of the art and science of sound investing.

He begins with the "Eight Great Barriers" that will prevent you from reaching a comfortable retirement:
1. Lack of a plan
2. Ignorance
3. Too much debt
4. Bad investments
5. Lack of protection
6. Inflation
7. Income taxes
8. Procrastination

He explains each in detail, before going on to draw up a precise road map to help you move toward a comfortable retirement.

Bill writes with humor and clarity, and the book is beautifully produced. It is an easy but highly educational read. I am in no doubt that I shall be returning to it again and again.

Very highly recommended.

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life


Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want
Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want
by Dave Lakhani
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Am Persuaded!, November 15, 2007
I have not met Dave Lakhani, but after reading this book and his earlier one - Power of An Hour: Business and Life Mastery in One Hour A Week - he is evidently a very clear thinking and pragmatic individual.

I have read a great many books on influencing and persuading, and this is one of the very best.

A survivor of a cult, Dave is well equipped to understand what can happen when people manipulate for his or her own ends. He has seen all the tricks, and knows the difference between manipulation and ethical persuasion.

None of us likes to be manipulated but to be persuaded is quite another matter. If someone is able to persuade me to take a new action, I want to learn how he or she did it!

It is extremely easy to apply the principles in the book, and he boils his approach down into six tenets of persuasion:
1. Outcome based
2. Best-interest focused
3. Truthful
4. Goal and time oriented
5. Personal
6. Ethical.

He expands on and explains each of these with well-chosen examples.

The book is attractively produced with a "Review" and "Success Questions" at the end of each chapter.

Dave has persuaded me that he has found a number of useful ways of influencing people without manipulating them and at the same time remaining ethical and above board.

For anyone who needs to persuade and influence other people this book is excellent. It also offers you a crash course in how to avoid being manipulated by others.

Highly recommended.

Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Lifee


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