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This wonderful book is a passionate plea for values-based living. In easy-to-read chapters; combines psychological wisdom with clear steps to a happier, more fulfilling life. There's so much in the book that I had to read a chapter, think about it for a couple of days, and only then go on to the next one. It's a book to read over and over again.

This is an inspirational self-help manual ... that offers a spin of life, encouraging readers to put what their souls want first, damning outside pressures and influences as they try to the most of their life, and coping with the tragedies and challenges of life... a strongly recommended pick, not to be overlooked for self-help collections.

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Living Life From the Inside Out: Who You Are Matters by Edward A. Dreyfus, PhD, is an excellent choice for anyone who desires to focus on the important aspects of life. Dr. Dreyfus, a clinical psychologist for over 40 years, shares his experienced perspective throughout the book. While our society defines success in terms of career, money, property, etc., the author contends that success can be defined as living a conscious life with integrity. Dr. Dreyfus illustrates how a fulfilled life is achieved when our core values are congruent with our actions. Additionally, other essential aspects in living a balanced life, such as beliefs, forgiveness, courage, commitment, and love, are also examined. The chapter, The Story We Tell, explains how each of us develops a narrative about our lives. This narrative may be based on distorted memories and may be misinterpreted - an interesting perspective.

Although the knowledge in this book has some basis in psychological theories, it is presented in a comprehensible manner. Edward A. Dreyfus' well-developed presentation in Living Life from the Inside Out: Who You Are Matters can be understood by all readers. Dr. Dreyfus' writing style is clear and down-to-earth. The addition of personal vignettes illustrates his concepts well. Likewise, several practical, step-by-step exercises will assist one on the journey to conscious living. Although a few sections may seem basic or simplistic to some, there is powerful and eloquent wisdom within each one. Combine this wisdom with practical solutions, and a truly balanced and satisfying life can be achieved. This book is a true gem!

About the Author

Dr. Edward A. Dreyfus, a nationally known Clinical Psychologist, Marriage-Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, and Life Coach who has been practicing in the Los Angeles area for over four decades, where he provides individual psychotherapy, relationship counseling, sex therapy, and life coaching. Rather than focusing on "mental illness", Dr. Dreyfus emphasizes the inherent growth potential in all human beings. As a Life Coach, Dr. Dreyfus consults with individuals who desire to move their personal lives, businesses, careers, or professions to a higher level. Life coaching begins where psychotherapy leaves off. Considered an expert in his field, Dr. Dreyfus is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and holds Diplomate status in the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the American Board of Sexology, and the Academy of Clinical Sexologists. He is a recipient of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association's Distinguished Psychologist Award and is listed in Who's Who in America. In addition, he has received several awards for his volunteer efforts in working with under-privileged populations including the prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award and the Los Angeles Mayoral Award for community service.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456461087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456461089
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful gem of a book that has one foot in psychology and one foot in philosophy. Easy to read, it is a book for essentially healthy people who are struggling with anxieties or other emotional difficulties and who, according to the author, have their life priorities upside down (or inside out, as the title implies.) Dr. Dreyfus lays out a clearly humanistic, realistic approach to understanding the bases for many of our very human problems and follows that with a do-able, non-jargony or overly pathologized way of dealing with the difficulties life presents to many middle or uppper middle class individuals in our society.

The book does not delve into the realm of more serious mental disorders, nor does he discuss recent theories and treatments that have galvanzized the mental health community (i.e., "attachment theory", "neuro-psychological theories", etc.) Doing that might be enlightening to some readers but might also make it less accessible and readable to others. This is a straight talking, non-elitist conversation between an experienced clinician who speaks from the heart (and from his own professional and personal experiences)and his intelligent and hopeful readership. We can all learn something from this book...how and why we live the way we do, why we get stuck at times, how we might change ourselves and our life views and how we just might find more fulfilling paths to living more peaceful, mindful and joyous lives. Lots of food for thought and discussion. Definitely worth reading.
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I love the simplicity of this book. But don't be fooled by the simplicity. The messages and exercises are powerful. But the author keeps it simple, easy to understand and most importantly easy to put into action to get results. It feels real, down to earth and I could very much relate to the messages and lessons. I saw myself so much in the book and learned a lot about what I want to change. I love that it's a quick and easy read - I actually made time to read this book (which I don't always do). Thanks for making it so easy. Very timely with everything going on in the world and in my life.
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Dr Dreyfuss touches upon the importance of finding balance in our lives through this profound book. I particularly found meaning in his description of forgiveness. The book flows into each chapter seamlessly and I highly recommend all readers to delve into his psyche through his words of wisdom and enlightenment. It is not just a book, but a guide on living a wholesome and balanced life. I hope everyone finds as much meaning as I have.

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This wonderful book is a passionate plea for values-based living. In easy-to-read chapters, Dr. Dreyfus combines psychological wisdom with clear steps to a happier, more fulfilling life. There's so much in the book that I had to read a chapter, think about it for a couple of days, and only then go on to the next one. It's a book to read over and over again.
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This book belongs on your nightstand. Simple to the point and written in a gentle and encouraging voice. Doctor Dreyfus points out common sense restrictors that can inhibit the sense of well being and coaches using tweaks and choices here and there to help shape a view of yourself based on the values that are important to you. Following the authors guidance you can create a confident winning personality and challenge life on your terms rather than endure what is fed by media or well meaning but ineffectual social contacts.
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