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The Gift of Cancer: Turn Your Tragedy into a Treasure... A Treasure Map to Happiness! Paperback – August 30, 2014
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Wendy Treynor, Ph.D., is a happiness expert, psychologist, inspirational speaker, self-help author, and social scientist of love and happiness who has published on depression and emotion in peer reviewed journals. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, before bridging social science and spirit in her first book, 'Towards a General Theory of Social Psychology.' She resides in Southern California, where is founder and director of Healing Consulting.
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Dr. Treynor talks about her “sudden insight” with her Lymphoma cancer diagnosis into understanding “why some people are happy making others unhappy” and then uses this “understanding to heal herself and others”. She shares how because of her journey seeking medical treatment and uplifting mind body spirit connections, she triumphed and is very much alive today.
Our author speaks of the importance of social support, including family visiting a patient in the hospital, and the challenges of the costs of health care to the patient and their families. She identifies Socialization Theory which suggests that “to stake our self-worth on the standards of any social group is misguided, and to regard it as a true indicator of our inherent value is delusion”. She talks about how her life journeys, like driving through San Francisco, reminds her that “joy exists” and that freedom is “a state of mind” dependent on personal thoughts not those of others.
Life lessons she shares include: “Find the Humor in Your Fate”; “Cultivate Joy”, “Anything is Possible”, “What You Feel Is Real”, “Appreciation is Happiness”, “Having What You Love is Freedom”. Wise and insightful she shares a metaphor: “A life lived and the meaning and richness of a life lived cannot be fit into a box”. She states that our lives are lives “unfinished”, our work is work “unfinished”, and that now “is the time for you to finish your life’s work” and to “share it”.
Kudos to Dr. Treynor for this book filled with inspiring moments, gratitude, and one women’s journey of self-discovery.
I deal with people everyday and often talk about their personal lives. Most of people, including myself, are or were trapped in a certain social condition, trapped means complaining, unsatisfied with it. I wondered about the connection with the quality of life and illnesses. Most cannot see a way out. Wendy explains clearly and simply this connection and recommends solutions through illustrated and briefly described lessons, She studied and lived the process from an young age, and what she experienced is the basis for the book.
The center of her ideas is the Socialization Theory. One except : " When innocent, well meaning people are immersed in a toxic culture, people resolve their external conflict-emotional conflict- by conforming to these toxic social standards, and as a consequence of conforming, this toxicity permeates the group, and potentially, society, at large. According to the Socialization Theory, an identity shift effect occurs when the social rejection induces one to conform to standards contrary to one's conscience, but then as a result of conforming- betraying one's conscience- self rejection arises, so that, in essence one exchanges external conflict for internal conflict. "(pg.62).
I think it is a timely, amazingly helpful, and easy to understand book. I am giving to my wife to read now. I highly recommend it !!
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