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5.0 out of 5 stars Unchain my heart, March 3, 2009
This review is from: Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life (Hardcover)
What an important book! So many of us are slaves to irrationality, letting ourselves be led around like sheep by our emotions. To be truly free, a person must have "the power to act, think or feel as one wants without hindrance or restraint." This book has valuable lessons to help you be a master of your emotional domain.

The more you know about your emotional health, the easier it will be for you to control it. If you can put your finger on what triggers your logical, rational brain to take a vacation and put your feelings in control, the better you'll be able to stop it from happening. For example, this book has taught me an important lesson: I'm an empath. No, not poor Agatha from Minority Report. An empath "feels everything, sometimes to an extreme." On the positive side, this means I'm intuitive about other people's thoughts and feelings, which makes it easy to relate to people and make friends. On the downside, I act as an "emotional sponge, absorbing people's negativity." I can be so sensitive to emotions, I feel like "a wire without insulation." I've always thought of it as having no skin; you are laid open and completely vulnerable emotionally. Now that I know I'm an empath, I can understand better how to control these negatives.

Especially helpful are the Emotional Action Steps spread throughout the book. These are boxed segments that contain bulleted strategies you can implement and practice. I also liked the Emotional Vampire Survival Guide, to help you survive those people who suck you dry emotionally.

This wise book is chock full of advice. Much of it is usable immediately. Although it leans toward New Agey spiritualism, the bulk is good old-fashioned common sense articulated in a smartly organized book.

Here's the chapter list:

Introduction. Emotional Freedom: The Secret to Serenity

Part One
1. The Path to Emotional Freedom: Beginning to Learn to Love
2. Four Practical Secrets to Empowering Your Emotional Life
3. Dreams and Sleep: Accessing Revolutionary States of Consciousness
4. From Intellectuals to Empaths: What Is Your Emotional Type?
5. Combating Emotional Vampires: How to Understand and Protect Your Sensitivity

Part Two
6. The First Transformation: Facing Fear, Building Courage
7. The Second Transformation: Facing Frustration and Disappointment, Building Patience
8. The Third Transformation: Facing Loneliness, Building Connection
9. The Fourth Transformation: Facing Anxiety and Worry, Building Inner Calm
10. The Fifth Transformation: Facing Depression, Building Hope
11. The Sixth Transformation: Facing Jealousy and Envy, Building Self-Esteem
12. The Seventh Transformation: Facing Anger, Building Compassion

Afterword. Living in Service to the Heart: The Blessing of Emotional Freedom
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Initial post: Feb 18, 2011 1:38:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2011 10:34:35 AM PST
Sam Clemens says:
I am--just now--enjoying an interview with Dr. Orloff, on a local radio station, KPFK-FM (Los Angeles). Yet, I found myself disappointed in that she never--in the interview, or book--gets to the EFT tools, which, I would imagine, many purchasers are expecting. Oddly enough, she speaks of "emotional freedom," yet--knowingly or unknowingly--never addressses the very powerful EFT tools, which help sufferers of PTSD (AKA "engram" or Jungian complex) and phobias, with a counselor (or, on their own, with a little practice), to process out this emotional hobbling, and RAPIDLY. Today, there are a number of fine books available on this truly crtical subject (Emotional Freedom Tech-niques, sometimes known as "psychological tapping"), of which I own a number. And, one of them has the very same name as the book rerviewed.
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--DrTCH

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2011 1:11:20 PM PDT
It appears that what your are dealing with is pass the initial problem of negative/positive energy and therefore need a deeper subject line Judith writings are outstanding and very helpful, maybe you should find one that deals deeper with unbalances..
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