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Boldly Live As You'Ve Never Lived Before: (Unauthorized and Unexpected) Life Lessons from Star Trek Paperback – March, 1997
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Life lessons from Star Trek will attract primarily Trekkies, who will find in oldly Live As You've Never Lived Before a fascinating blend of character analysis and psychological and philosophical insights. Maximize strengths and overcome weaknesses using the Trek characters as models for change and self-analysis in this unusual and intriguing approach to self-help. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Yet, over the years, I found myself time and again remembering it and its message about the achetypal models present in each of the Star Trek shows. Picard as the leader; Worf as the Warrior; Troi as the Communicator, etc.
I read other books on the Jungian concept of achetypes, but none seemed to "connect" as much as this book did.
It took a long time for me to find this book again (I couldn't remember the title or the author!) but when I re-read it recently, I realized that its lessons were simple but profound. Not "new agey" but sound psychological concepts that can help us live better lives.
I can't say that it literally "changed my life" but it has had a fairly powerful and positive impact on it.
On a prosaic note, the book goes as far as DS9.
According to the book, there are four basic types of heros: warriors, analyzers, relaters, and leaders. For each personality type, the book gives you examples from all the Star Trek shows (TOS, TNG, DS9 and VGR), then follows up with a visualization exercise in which you visit an imaginary holodeck and meet with the Trek characters, who serve as guides in your life. After each holodeck journey, you journal your thoughts and experiences.
These are the characters used for each heroic type:
1. Warriors: Worf, Kira, Scotty, B'Elana
2. Analyzers: Spock, Data, Odo, Tuvok
3. Relaters: Guinan, McCoy, Troi, Kes
4. Leaders: Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway
Most of us start out stronger in one of these areas than the others, but really, we are a mix of all of them. Just as a starship crew has all these types, who work together to make the shipp run smoothly, so, too, do our personalities contain a mix of inner Spocks, McCoys, Picards, and Worfs. When you develope all your internal heros, you can achieve balance in your life and teamwork on the job.
The audiotape version of the book (also available here on Amazon as a download) is narrated by Armin Shimerman, who plays Quark on DS9. Don't worry, his real voice is a lot mellower than the voice he uses for Quark! In fact, he's so relaxing that I fell asleep the first time through. Not from boredom -- it was a hard day and I was tired. But this experience does suggest you probably shouldn't listen to this while driving on the freeway. On the other hand, if you play it at bedtime and fall asleep, you will learn subliminally.