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2.0 out of 5 stars Great title, wonderful topic, terrible execution, July 14, 2012
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Sorry, but this book is a repetitive mish mash. Here is their Big Idea: have the mind and body in a relaxed state;distance yourself from bad thoughts and simply become the observer of same;replace negative thoughts with positive ones. That's it, repeated over and over again. Lots of new age lingo.
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Initial post: Jul 22, 2012 12:37:01 PM PDT
Michael, Pleased to meet you via the Amazon book review site. Your summmary pretty much sums it all up.
If you thought the book was repetitive, try taking a weekend workshop with Waldman. Many of the exercises were rehashed 1960's "encounter" gigs, with a Survivor-esque free-for-all as the encore, and I am not sure what I got out of saying "Disappointmment" as s-l-o-w-l-y as possible for 15 minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2012 9:27:03 PM PDT
Mark Waldman says:
Sorry you were disappointed, Michael. Of the 25 people who were in the class, 20 submitted very positive reviews, and one man said it was the best workshop he had taken in 30 years. You can call the Institute where I taught to confirm this. In the 1960s, encounter groups encouraged the expression of your "honest" angry feelings. Our research, as we document it in this book with over 300 recent studies shows that the slightest expression of negativity is neurologically damaging to both speaker and listener. When we learn to be mutually supportive of each other, we have more cooperation...something that is sadly missing in today's political arena.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2012 7:30:40 PM PDT
ImagoMana says:
Thank you Mark for responding to the comments. From your short paragraph I have already learned something. More cooperation is sadly missing in most relationships and in society at large. I'm buying your book and I'm looking forward to learning more.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 2:07:18 AM PDT
bill boye says:
I pretty much agree with Michael.
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