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Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World Hardcover – Download: Adobe Reader, February 12, 2013
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- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 244 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0985462734
- Product dimensions : 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Publisher : Bird Street Books (February 12, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Life Code” is a book may or may not help one to win in the “Real World” everyday for sure, but this book will definitely help one, at least, shed some lights on what he/she is doing wrong, who are these people he/she is dealing with, so that one can take steps towards changes, fight smart and get out of the victim mentality.
I have been a life long bullying victim since my early childhood. I have never understood as to why I was always picked on even though I was not a weak individual by any means. I hoped for my life will get better as I get older. Nope, bullying got worse as I got older at my work places. As you read this previous sentence you might think that something could be very wrong with this individual. Yes and No! I used to think that “Everything will be good, because I am a good human being, I have very good values, I am an extremely hard worker and I always help others and care about others” etc. Indeed, it is all true about me. I probably am one of the nicest, kindest and caring persons one will ever meet. But THAT IS the PROBLEM!
If you are TOO nice, naive, generous, forgiven, people pleaser and sensitive, there are so many “Vampires” everywhere. I call them “Vampires”, because they have cold hearts and try to suck the life out of you for their benefits and progresses. You are nothing to them. They take advantage of you and try to control and manipulate you for their successes. They want to accomplish what they want at any cost, it does not matter if you are a nice person, a hard worker, an honest individual or have a difficult life or may be living under poverty line and you need that check to pay bills and feed your starving kids, or you are sick and has been ill for a long time. They will squash you down to get what they want in the “Real World“. Many of these kinds of “Vampires” are in power and accomplish what they want. They are everywhere! They want to be in control and they want power and money.
“Life Code” The New Rules for Winning in the Real World exposes about the “Life Codes and Rules”, that provides tools and arsenals to fight with the cold-hearted, malicious and manipulative life suckers.
The book consists of two parts:
Part I reveals about who are these “Bad guys” and how to spot them. These “Bad guys” have" core traits, characteristics, strategies and styles" that uses to bully, use, manipulate “Good guys” in marriages, at work places, and even at churches. They are everywhere. Most importantly this part helps you identifying the people with “Evil Eight” characteristic or the “BAITERS” (B-Backstabbers, A-Abusers, I-Imposters, T-Talkers, E-Exploiters, and R-Reckless). Again, the all content is extremely useful and truly an eye opener.
Part II addresses issues of "Stop Being a Target and become a Victim, most importantly “Your New “Life Code” and Rules for Winning in the Real World. The last topic of the Part II tackles a topic on “Parenting in the Real World.”
“Parenting in the Real World” section can itself be a great book. I believe how individual is raised has great impacts on his/her future life ups and downs. This section provides information on “Not Crippling Your Own Children”, “How World Really Works” and “Raise Adults”. Based on my own experiences, most of the damages, as who I am today, are done when I was young. My family had instilled in me good old Buddhist/Christian values such as being humble, compassionate, giving and sacrificing, dedicating yourself to the welfare of all others, karma, forgiving and loving your enemies, be always apologetic if you done wrong and on and on. In addition, as a young person, I intensely studied and followed what says in Dale Carnegie books (How to Stop Worrying and Start Living and How to win Friends and Influence People) which told me nothing about the malicious “BAITERS” and beneficial "LIFE CODES” of the real world. Of course these books were written for a long time ago, when people had decent values, and moreover honest hard working people are recognized and appreciated.
Finally, I truly believe that Dr. Phil shows that he is an extremely generous person at heart, just by writing this book. Contents of this book may be somewhat verbose and repetitive at times or it has poor editing works etc. yet his messages about the harsh reality is in it. He did convey his messages! Sure there were many self improvement and development books such as “In Sheep’s Clothing” and “Too Nice for Your Own Good”. But I love this book, because it is very simple to read and follow. The only drawback is this book has NO INDEX! I pre-ordered this book and have a hard cover version, no e-version. Given the usefulness of material, and the fact the book should be used as references and learning tools for one’s ongoing self-improvements, it has no index is regrettable! Perhaps it is rushed to print out… All in all, an excellent book! If you gone through similar life experiences of what I went through and what I am still enduing, you will know how useful and true is everything in this book. People who was used, abused, manipulated and their hope and dreams are crushed by the BAITERS will learn something from this book! People who have BAITERS traits will give a 1 STAR for this book and find nothing useful. Thank you very much, Dr. Phil !
Lastly, I am a non-native speaker who is trying to improve my English day by day, if you see any typos or grammar errors, anything annoying, verbose or obscure, it is an Amazon review, not an academic paper, please understand. Hopefully the above review conveyed my two-cents on “Life Code” by Dr. Phil McGraw.
Dr. Phil. Great message. Horrible delivery.
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Its the type of book I'd love to hand out to people who are experiencing a "baitor" situation or when someone keeps on the same loop of giving the benefit of the doubt and getting burnt. If you are a kind nice person who is always giving out and giving in to others then this is a MUST read or if you work in a back stabbing office environment this would also need to be a must read.
Like some of the other reviews I found the first half more interesting then the second.
I won't be living to an exact Life Code but I do stop and wonder in situations now whether or not I should be giving the benefit of the doubt and assess situations with a more confident and critical eye and it has also made me more aware of the difference between friends and work colleagues.
Just buy it. You won't regret it. And it's in simple understanding words.
DON'T BE AFRAID of them after reading this book. If you've suffered you'll understand this review.