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About the Author

Keith Ablow, MD, is a regular contributor to Fox News and appears frequently on the Today show. He is a repeat guest of Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Oprah, Court TV, and other national media.

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The author is a kind and genuine promoter of the belief that satisfaction in life must begin with an honest look at who we are and how we became who we are. A psychotherapy advocate, Ablow shows how facing old injuries can remove blocks to happiness and free up creative energy. Hes especially articulate about the ways people avoid their issues by numbing themselves with denial, repression, alcohol, irresponsible spending, or avoidance of intimacy with others. In a pleasant baritone, Ablow manages the mood and tempo of his reading like a pro yet never wavers from sounding empathetic toward his listeners. A printable worksheet will help listeners understand their coping mechanisms and aid them in reworking problem areas. T.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (April 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316017825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316017824
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Goya on July 3, 2007
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I starting reading this book thinking I was not in denial, but I wanted to see what it had to say. I did the exercises even if I didn't see the point. Well I found out although I had not blanked out any memories, I had repainted some seemingly small details that made a huge difference when I saw them for what they are. This book has helped me to start working on things that I really didn't know were a problem, and it has brought significant change into my life.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Dr. Keith Ablow's tome, "Living the Truth," isn't just another self-help book. It breaks new ground, offers new assumptions, and for many of those who will read it and listen to its voice, there is hope for a better future. The truth can often be a terrible weapon of aggression. Ablow's book, with the center of his thinking bound to the idea that no one has a perfect life, that you must face your conflicts head on, that everyone living on this earth is experiencing one form of pain or another, is a guide to gaining insight in the understanding that gaining insight puts us on the road to where we want to be. Everything about Ablow's own experience as a vulnerable human being has contributed to his belief about life. He isn't the psychiatrist as God or Nitzche. He lives the truth as he has come to know it, as he believes others might benefit from it. He shows you the way. Ablow's premises are free of politics and cheap philosophy. He goes to the center, to the pain we feel, to the regrets that hound us, to the inadequacies we try to hide. Ablow is the ultimate psychiatrist. He is the ultimate humanist. Living the Truth can be a road map to a life without pain. It won't be a road map to a perfect life because there is no such thing as a perfect life.Ablow helps us to come as close as we can to mastering our psychic existence in this vexing thing we call our lives.
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I was assigned this book by a professor and was interested in giving it a try because, like everyone else, I am not perfect and figured this book could help deal with some issues that cause some of my periodic depression and anxiety.

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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By Bob on July 14, 2007
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I found the book very helpful in getting to source of unresolved unconscious conflicts of the past. In uncovering what he calls our life story clues... Dr. Ablow is able to (with the help of the work book) take the reader to the past and then begin to understand the mystery of why we behave the way we do now. It help me to stop running and look directly at the Truth the life story clues unmasked and then discover the personal freedom that take place. It's what we truly desire. "Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty" is an inexpensive way to get started down the road to the past. This book can improve the quality of anybody's life (no mater what you uncover) as it did mine... No Doubt.
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