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The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic): 10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Illustrated, March 1, 2015
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The Power of TED* is an engaging story that will help you escape from the traps of victimhood and enablement! --Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust and co-founder of FranklinCovey's Trust Practice
Victimhood has become, in our time, a badge, an identity, a game, an excuse for laziness, frivolous law suits, and clever domination of others. I have always taught that Jesus did the victim thing right: He neither played the victim nor created victims of others. I think David Emerald is teaching our world the same wisdom in his Empowerment Dynamic. --Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
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- Item Weight : 7.1 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0996871802
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996871808
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.44 x 7.25 inches
- Publisher : Polaris Publishing; 10th Anniversary Edition (March 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can't even explain how many times I've wanted to throw this book at people and say "OMG read this! It will change your WORLD!" but throwing things, especially books, are typically frowned upon... so I just recommend it instead.
Anyway, read this book, pass on the knowledge, and save the world from whiny people :-)
Relevant books to read before or after would be The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch and/or You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Clearify the doubts about human behaviour and conflicts of attitude
Modify behaviour and put you back in control of your attitude
Enhance real life reactions
Easy read. I really enjoyed it.
Better still, is the lesson of how to move the 'players' to an 'empowerment triangle' where you become one (or sometimes more) of the individuals: The Creator, The Challenger or The Coach.
I was apprehensive about the book because my boss insisted everyone read it. Nevertheless, I gave in and was pleasantly surprised to learn how people at work, at home and in other areas of your life try to 'force' you into being one of the unhealthy players.
We also choose to play these unhealthy roles -- or, better yet, choose to play the healthy ones. We become what we allow, and this short read has a very powerful story that we can all implement into our relationships in a way that we and others can interact and become more healthy.
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Despite the writing style, this book makes you change perspective and gives you step by step, practical guidance to 1. Understanding the victim orientation, 2. Self awareness, 3. Alternative ways of looking at things, 4. Specific practical ways to become the creator of your life
I come back to this book frequently, when I find myself caught in a loop of stress or “poor me!” And this book helps me get back on track.
Despite the dull and long-winded narrative, I can’t give it any less than 5 stars because of the idea behind it and how great this principle is.
The charming didactical narrative finds David nursing his emotional wounds at the sea shore and chancing upon a series meetings, firstly, with the mysterious figure Ted, then his former pupil, Sophia, who both hold a greater wisdom that: “life is a learning lab where you are constantly experimenting with higher knowing, increasing capacity to design life and choose responses.” In a way, the style of writing resembles the poignancy of the fable Jonathan Livingston Seagulll, a memorable homily about a journey of awakening; and in a similar vein, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist; though for me, it doesn’t quite reach the mastery of these authors in skillfully interweaving instruction and literary flair.
At the core of the TED way is a form of radical empiricism “to see reality for what it is and act accordingly” in subscribing to AIR: placing Attention on what you want (envisioned outcome) with your Intention to bring into being your manifestation, and producing ‘baby steps’ to obtain sustainable Results. All this while harnessing the dynamic tension inherent in the process of creation (cf. Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance) between one’s vision and the present situation, which can only be “resolved in either direction: letting go of one’s vision and snapping back toward the current situation, or moving from the current situation toward one’s vision.” A rubber band is stretched and released between David’s hands to illustrate the point. As a well-known practice in Agile project management, and the stock-in-trade of many a motivational coach AIR is likely to be familiar to many with a keen interest in personal growth. Indeed, Nicholas Boothman (2003) might even sum it up better in ‘How to Succeed in Business in 90 Secs or Less’ using his own acronym, KFC: “Know what you want; Find out what you are doing, and Change what you do until get what you want.“
Which leads to an inescapable conclusion. The book is certainly “highly original” as the creator of the DDT concept himself endorses on the rear cover; however, I would suggest the scaffolding propping it up not really so. I therefore suspect seasoned ‘self-helpers’ are likely to have gleaned the same information in many guises elsewhere, for example cognitive disciplines of psychology. However, that said, as a vehicle to introduce TED as a unique formulation in one hundred odd pages rather than in one chapter, the presentation is alluring, indeed beguiling; and what’s more could easily be read in a couple of sittings making the book eminently accessible. I would further hazard a guess The Power of TED would make a great self-development crossover text for those on business management training, which is no mean feat. In fact, I cannot think of Karpman without his twin angelic sister ever again!
The book itself is small with easy to read print - both positive points. My only disappointment is that upon reading, pages started coming out. It’s like they are not all secured properly into the spine. This is a real pity as already, quite a number have been shed. It completely spoils it for re-reading. I would have returned it for another copy but unfortunately, I underline and write on the pages (being dyslexic, it’s helpful!) so I cannot return. Such a pity. I suggest checking for this before highlighting!!
If you have heard of the Drama Triangle and are looking for a healthier option, then this book will set out a simple alternative which really works well.
If you are always trying to fix people (or know people like that), or seem stuck when the whole world is against you, or maybe there are people around you who put others down all the time - then you are in the Drama Triangle and this simple book (I read it in a day, then went back over it for a week to deepen my understanding) will be of benefit to you.
I found that I had instinctively started to used the TED* some years ago following an introduction to Motivational Interviewing.
I have now ordered several additional copies for friends and co-workers.