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Emotional Discipline: The Power to Choose How You Feel; 5 Life Changing Steps to Feeling Better Every Day Paperback – February, 2003
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About the Author
Charles C. Manz is a speaker, consultant, and bestselling business author. He is currently the Charles and Janet Nirenberg Professor of Business Leadership in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Manz has served as a consultant for many organizations, including 3M, Ford, Motorola, Xerox, the Mayo Clinic, Procter & Gamble, General Motors, American Express, Allied Signal, Unisys, Josten's Learning, Banc One, the American Hospital Association, the American College of Physician Executives, the U.S. and Canadian governments, and many others.
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The book opens with explanations and research discussing the impact emotions have on a person's body, mind, and spirit, and, just as importantly, the interaction of all these factors. While this is needed in order to substantiate and support what was to come later in the book, the part I found most enjoyable was the 25 strategies a person can use in having a more satisfying life. The strategies are broken into mind, body, and spirit, and Dr. Manz offers enough strategies that the reader can pick and choose which serve that person's individual needs, purposes, and personality. The strategies I found particularly interesting were on "Directing Your Inner Theatre" (how to view a situation from a more objective perspective) and "Other Mind-Centered Emotional Discipline Choices" (a list of specific practices and exercises for gaining emotional balance that can be adapted to your own personal needs). There were also interesting examples for consideration to be worked into your life, such as baroque music and tai chi. Where the strategies are particularly useful are in the sources and examples cited throughout the book, so that the reader has guidance in where to go should they want to read further on that subject. Another bonus of the book is the inspiring and educational quotes throughout the book. The book is worth its price alone for these informative statements from such renowned thinkers as Blaise Pascal, Thomas Merton, and George Bernard Shaw. I can see myself pulling this book off my shelf when faced with stressful situations in the future. I was able to read the book on my aforementioned 4 hour flight, and by the time I arrived in Dallas I was feeling much more relaxed and calm after absorbing the perspectives in the book. It is a very satisfying book with useful strategies that I will encourage my friends and colleagues to read.
Dr. Manz doesn't sugar coat things; he acknowledges that applying emotional discipline isn't always an easy process. Making better emotional discipline choices requires work and persistence-however the rewards of a better life and better relationships are well worth the effort.
I highly recommend Emotional Discipline.
If you want workable strategies on mastering emotions - look no further. Well done Manz.
Hopefully a reader gleans some benefit from these pages. I skipped over all his "poems", actually grimacing each time he presented another offering; I love poetry. Really "too little time" to take in the really 'move me off the page' stuff out there... if I make time, I look for depth of material; why bother if the stuff doesn't stimulate your brain to process. With Manz's stuff I felt like I had definitely wandered into the shallow end of the pool. What proved a most helpful construct - for me - the 5 steps, the skeleton that he fleshes out the rest of the book around.
All in all, just not worth the price. So get ye to the city Library for this one, if ye be interested in "getting it". As always Amazon's service was wonderful.