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Power vs Force (Author's Official Revised Edition): The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior Hardcover – July 31, 2012
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David R. Hawkins details how anyone may resolve the most crucial of all human dilemmas: how to instantly determine the truth or falsehood of any statement or supposed fact. Dr. Hawkins, who worked as a "healing psychiatrist" during his long and distinguished career, uses theoretical concepts from particle physics, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos theory to support his study of human behavior. This is a fascinating work that will intrigue readers from all walks of life!
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It is my opinion that most do not really think about their life and how to live it. I think most are just wandering around reacting to what happens to them. There is another way. It is a habit and habits are hard to make, but once you have it, it will serve you well for all the time you spend on the planet. Thinking and acting are different than just reacting. You can not control what happens to you personally or what is going on in the world, but you can control how you view them and act when they happen.
I first learned of the book from someone close to me involved in therapy and seeking a better understanding of emotions, their origin and meaning. Upon looking it over, I was surprised to review the author’s “Map of Consciousness” (see pages 90-91) and the extensive testing and research involved in its development.
More specifically, as indicated in the new forward to this revised edition, “Power vs Force” presents a logically compelling anatomy of human consciousness . . . “It conveys years of study using kinesiology, a science based on the testing of an all-or-none muscle response stimulus, and claims that the techniques described can provide people with the means for calibrating levels of truth and their presence in any situation. The book with its 24 chapters (400+ pages) are divided into three major parts, Part One – Tools, Part Two – Work, and Part Three – Meaning, to present its case and applications. There are also meaty and helpful appendices as well as references, end notes, glossary and information about the author.
As I read through the book, I was fascinated to recall the incorporation of a similar kinesiology test in the demonstrating the benefit from developing a shared vision in workshops with executives and managers and described by Peter Senge (see “The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization”). It was also edifying to see the similarity of Hawkin’s “Map” with Jack Gibb’s “Environmental Quality/Trust Levels” and their implications in organizations (see Gibb’s "Improving Organizational Effectiveness Through Focus on Environmental Quality", in Warner Burke’s “The Cutting Edge: Current Theory and Practice in Organization Development”). It also occurred to me the ways that Hawkin’s calibrated scale of emotions could be helpful in plotting positive and negative responses during a series of events or story (see my review of “The Best Seller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel”). Furthermore, I was curious how this material would line up with other books such as Daniel J. Siegel’s “Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation” (see my review) and Lisa Feldman Barrett’s “How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain” that also delve into these areas with more current research approaches.
For all such reasons, “Power vs. Force” continues to be an important source for examining the efficacy of such ideas and the kind of evidence required to support them.
If you read more than one of Hawkins' books, you will find that he repeats his foundational concepts in each book. I find this helpful to "cement" the concepts more solidly. These can be skipped over easily and Hawkins recommends this for some readers.
Certainly, if we all applied ourselves to the principles that Hawkins espouses, our lives and culture would improve. Hawkins is not the only one saying and proposing this.