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Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty Paperback – April 9, 2008
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For the first time I can remember in my 38 years, I have a sense of peace and I am starting to feel comfortable in my own skin, which is something I didn't think was possible. I still have a long way to go on the road I am on, but before this book I didn't even know the road was there.
This book takes you through the steps to dig into what things have caused you pain and see them for what they are. Then it gives you the steps to overcome the limits you placed on yourself due to what you have uncovered. This is not a feel good cover up, this is the real thing that will help deep within yourself. It isn't always easy, but it is absolutely worth it.
Edit July 2012 to say: Dr. Ablow seems to have aligned himself with a political side since this book came out and that may scare some people off. I didn't want that to stop anyone from getting this book, because I really think it can help so many people. This book came out when he was politically neutral so there is nothing political in it, and it is still great at helping someone uncover what hurt them and the behaviours that are not in their own best interests.
I wrote my first review on the book about 5 years ago and after reading it I am reminded how far I have come. I really thought I was pretty much together when I picked up this book.Read more ›
I like the fact that the book has "worksheets" for you to document feelings/experiences/etc... associated with the content that's being discussed.
My issue is with how simplistic he makes everything. The examples are straight out of a prime-time hour long drama... Of course the big mean bully who has been arrested on assault charges is overcompensating for being made fun of for not being able to read in school. And of course the woman's relationships stem from her relationship with her father... And naturally the guy who is stuck in a miserable dead-end job's fear of branching out is deeply rooted in his father's risky financial decisions which left the family in times of uncertainty while he was growing up. Also, every story has a fairy tale ending. For instance, once the burned out worker finally realizes everything comes from his dad's poor financial decisions, he's immediately ready to open that restaurant he's been dreaming of and is wildly successful now. The problem is, this book tends to go from A-Z and skip everything in between in these examples. I think this presents the possibility of giving people a lot of false hope.
The author is very psychoanalytically focused (every issue he solves in his examples is solved by uncovering something from the past), which is fine if he is successful, but I found it to be a very one-dimensional approach and the solutions to be overly simplistic. If someone's issue is definitely caused by deep-seeded childhood memories and experiences and can be resolved by simply reading this book, understanding that, and thinking through it, great... But, there are many people out there who require a different psychological approach and a lot more than this book offers.
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I have barely begun, but it's helped me tremendously already. Really makes you think about yourself and your life.Published 3 months ago by Marian Cates
Dr. Albow challenges us to honestly face the pain of our past, so that we can get on with life in the present. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Español Aprendedor
Makes you feel uncomfortable and challenges you to face some real demons in your life but the small steps make you feel like you are taking LEAPS! Read morePublished 6 months ago by bhh1020
Great book!! Wow highly recommend it! Dr Keith gets to the bottom of whats going on.
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This is great material! This is my second set when I damaged my first.Published 16 months ago by J.R.H
There is so much to us ,things don't just happen as we look at our past and the things that happened to us we can come to some understanding and change for the better so we don't... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great book. A must read. Keith Ablow is brilliantPublished 19 months ago by Elizabeth jeffett Smith