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Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive Hardcover – January 1, 2011
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Borysenko can walk you through the darkness and point you to the light in which you will emerge, healed, whole and revived. -- Editor Kindred Spirit magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is an internationally known speaker in spirituality, integrative medicine, and the mind/body connection and has a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, the best-selling author of numerous books, and a journalist and radio personality.
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The author certainly includes examples from her own experience. I appreciated her honesty, and felt that these examples were useful and illustrative, without turning the book into an autobiographical work.
If you enjoyed Minding the Body, Mending the Mind,Fire in the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual optimism, or Your Soul's Compass: What Is Spiritual Guidance?, you will surely want to add this to your collection.
I really like the layout of the book. She first makes sure the reader is up to speed on the ideas being considered, especially clarifying the relationship between depression and burnout, and then she involves the reader as another participant in a conversation where everyone is learning. She shares experiences from her own life that encourage the reader to consider their own experience from a fresh viewpoint in a way few authors touch.
When I got to page 14, I really thought she had me in mind! Something resonated deep within.
I thought that involving Facebook "friends" was fresh and new. Yes, it's still just interchanges with people that might otherwise have occurred at luncheons, retreats, in discussion groups, or as interviews conducted specifically for research purposes, as Tom Brokaw and Gail Sheehy have done in the past. And yet, the collaborative whole of Facebook gives it an edge. This was a window onto an adaptive, self-healing organism from a part of that organism that was using a combination of introspection and collaboration to heal the part that is unquestionably within its immediate sphere of influence.
This is a delightful little book; a wonderful read, and a touch of spirit where I needed it most.
Thanks Joan for writing so authentic sharing your own personal story and for adding all the great data and research to validate the experience.