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Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way Paperback – July 8, 2003
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“Rick Carson is a genius at exploring our inner conflicts in novel ways. ...And there’s a bonus: it works.” (Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words)
“I loved Taming Your Gremlin(R). . . .this book led me to a very profound awareness.” (Virginia M. Satir, author of Peoplemaking, about the first edition)
“I have found ‘Gremlin-Taming’ to be a unique, imaginative, and effective tool. . .I highly recommend it!” (Joan Baez)
About the Author
This is Rick Carson's fourth book for HarperCollins. His seminal work, Taming Your Gremlin®, has had a remarkable track record. Translated into several languages, Taming Your Gremlin has been a consistent seller since 1984. For thousands in a cross-section of cultures and circumstances, the Gremlin-Taming Method serves as a foundation for responding to everyday challenges and for living a satisfying life.
For over thirty-five years Rick has been a counselor, personal and executive coach, and trainer for mental health professionals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. His work is used in the training of psychotherapists, personal and executive coaches, substance abuse specialists, corrections personnel, teachers, corporate executives, clergy, and others. He is a former faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a clinical member and approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Rick is the founder of the Gremlin Taming Institute in Dallas, Texas.
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Top Customer Reviews
Even for non-therapists, this easy-to read book puts hard concepts in accessible language, which always makes starting to one's *own* personal development a little easier. I would, and have, recommended this book to almost everyone I know, and will likely continue to do so.
This is not a hard book. The author is gentle and understanding.
I feel my coach was on the mark to suggest this book for me.
There are some repetitions in the book which are slightly anoying, however finally they help to easy remember key messages.
I struggled a bit with the vocabulary since I am not a native English speaker. Even though I often read books in English I found some of the wordings in that book difficult.
Excellent material for coaches. I used it in the sessions and clients appreciated the idea of gremlins, even though discovering that your life is populated by creatures not necessarily nice, is itself an unpleasant surprise.
Working to tame the gremlins (they usually come not individually) is a lot of fun and at the same time hard work.
I definitely recommend the book to everybody!
As rick said, do not grapple with your gremlin. Just ignore it and move on with your life. The best summary I could give is what the last and final messenger said:
“Satan gives thought to the son of Adam (i.e. the human), and the angel also gives thought to the son of Adam. As for the thought of Satan, it is by his threatening with evil repercussions and rejecting the truth. As for the thought of the angel, it is by his promise of good and believing in the truth. Whoever finds the latter, let him know that it is coming from God and let him thank God for it. Whoever finds the former, let him seek refuge – with God – from Satan”.
For me personally whenever I get the "you suck, you are done, things will never go your way...etc etc just about any negative feeling about the future , the past or the present" i simply say "I seek protection with God from Satan" and I happily move on with my life.
You are not alone we all have gremlins and we are all in this together. Embrace faith and life is beautiful. Whoever you are reading this right now. I love you and I wish you a life of contentment and invigorating victory against your gremlins. SMASH HIM lol