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The Portable Therapist: Wise and Inspiring Answers to the Questions People in Therapy Ask the Most... Paperback – July 10, 1994
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Still, I cannot give it 5 stars because I found it at times a little simplistic -- probably a function of the book's restricitve format that keeps each chapter very short, and therefore generic and thus a little shallow. It's good reading for people who don't have time for big volumes and intellectually challenging explantions -- but at a price.
Things in life are often more ccomplicated than this book suggests. However, the priamry principle that it promotes (the crucial and necessary need for Self-Esteem that's not based on external factors) is very true. Kudos to the author for making it so clear. Any effort aiming to expose and undo the harm of most people's upbringing -- which overemphasizes high achievement and competitivenss while neglecting spiritual development -- is a valuable contribution to our culture.
I appreciated the author's effort to avoid references to God (she allows atheistic readers to replace the concept of God with the notion of Goodness) -- but then, alas, she forgot that rule in the last chapter. That last chapter was also rather disappointing in content, the weakest of all -- just a pep talk with no concrete advice.
Throughtout the book, the author ascribes the often harmful "Model of Doing" to the Western culture, and the more benficial "Model of Being" to the East -- but that is a simplification too. Anyone familiar with high-driving, competitive, and sometimes cruel Asian societies knows that the East is in the grips of the "Model of Doing" just as we are in the West. (One can also think of some western saints, like St.Francis, who were very much into a "Model of Being".Read more ›
I also loved the way it reinforced the importance of rewarding ourselves just by "surviving". Life is not easy and is almost always unfair, and this book unabashedly and eloquently drove these points home.
I can't wait to finish this book. I can't thank my friend enough for giving me this book as a present on my bday.
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Use it in Human Services classes all the time. Great book!Published 4 months ago by Katherine Faith Hope
This small and easy to carry around book, hence the title, is a collection of very short self help articles, similar to those found in popular magazines. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Markus Youssef
This is a wonderful to the point book that can be read and used many times. Highly recommend it!Published 11 months ago by allison Roscoe
This is exactly what I wanted and it was delivered ahead of schedule. Kudos.Published 13 months ago by Michael S. Becker
The failed "Self-Esteem Movement" yielded a generation of children so hyper-sensitive to criticism and so averse to shame that they became nearly impossible to teach. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brian St John
This handy little book doesn't fit the mold of what you'd expect to find in the realm of "self-help. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Patrick
Good book a lot of common sense but who follows their own common sense? have also given as a gift. Packaged well & in good condition. Good , easy read -helpfulPublished 16 months ago by JoAnn Hale
It didn't say anything that I didn't already here elsewhere for free.Published 18 months ago by C. Holly