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Trusting Yourself: How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Live More Happily with Less Effort Hardcover – May 11, 2004

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Everyone feels overwhelmed by life’s increasingly dizzying whirlwind, believes Ryan: we all worry that we can’t keep up with our to-do lists or avoid the messages from media and advertising telling us that our homes aren’t fancy enough, our teeth aren’t white enough, or our parenting skills aren’t good enough. It’s no wonder, she says, that many people today turn outward for help, seeking advice from friends, the Internet, talk show experts—anyone who will help them keep up with the world around them. However, the real problem is not that people are inadequate, says Ryan, but that "we seem to have lost the sense of ourselves as reliable sources of the wisdom we need to navigate through our lives." Instead of looking to others, she says, people in fact have the power to help themselves—simply by trusting themselves. Ryan (The Power of Patience) instructs readers how to learn the attitudes and behaviors that encourage self-trust and lead toward a happier, more peaceful life. In a cozy, inviting style, she draws readers into her asset-focused approach with friendly advice, anecdotes and exercises. By focusing on what is right and strengthening that quality, we will, she promises, find that life is more fulfilling; we can learn to realize our talents and accept our shortcomings. For worry-freaks, perfectionists, those who just can’t say "no," or those stuck in stale careers or unhealthy relationships, the book is particularly refreshing. Ryan is neither overbearing nor preachy, but instead allows readers to make their own connections to her words.
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"Mary Jane's book has softened and yet empowered me with insights, information and inspiration on the life enhancing benefits of self-trust.  I wish she had written this while I was raising Wynonna and Ashley. If you'll take her wisdom to heart you'll find greater happiness in your relationships and in your mind."
–Naomi Judd, author of Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide



"MJ Ryan is right: many of our individual problems and collective unhappiness stem from our lack of self-trust. TRUSTING YOURSELF reminds us of this essential aspect of living a full life and offers us stories and practical suggestions for re-establishing self-trust even as we face our human foibles and flaws with honesty and humor. A valuable book for living today to the fullest."
-Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation and The Call



"With clarity and compassion, MJ Ryan provided priceless guidance for filling in my self-trust blanks and, better yet, convinced me that I had the ability and wisdom to do so. TRUSTING YOURSELF has shot to the top of my gift-giving list!"
-Sue Patton Thoele, author of The Courage To Be Yourself



"Cultivating genuine self-trust is at the heart of living and loving fully. In her new book, TRUSTING YOURSELF, M.J. Ryan not only shows us how, she gives us the confidence to take the necessary steps. Through heart-warming stories and insightful guidance, M.J. reminds us of our inherent value, wisdom and wholeness."
-Tara Brach, author of Radical Self-Acceptance



"M.J. Ryan has identified the great Teacher within us all, that gentle presence, whole and certain, that is always here to guide us. It is no less than the essence of our self. But how do we access it? In engaging personal narrative and precise precept, Ryan takes us by the hand and gently leads us back to ourselves. Perhaps more than any other book, TRUSTING YOURSELF is an invitation to come home."
-Hugh Prather, author of The Little Book of Letting Go and Notes to Myself
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; New title edition (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767914902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767914901
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been a fan of Ms. Ryan's for some time now. Her writings on kindness have been quite influential on the values I cherish and how I aspire to live my life. In her new book, "Trusting Yourself", she addresses what I believe is an epidemic in our "future shock" culture - people feeling overwhelmed, perfectionistic, self-doubting, defective, and dependent on experts to tell us how to live. Reading her (as usual) insightful and empathic words, I have come back to my senses and to my inherent common sense. A much-needed balm for our frantic psyches in these challenging times. Highly recommended reading for anyone who's wavered in their faith in their own abilities and passions!
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We do need a book on how to trust ourselves. This was the reason why I had read and bought this book.

The author tried to explore the natures of trust; but somehow, I found the book 'not a very strong book', boring and hard to finish! Maybe it's just me, but now that I am reviewing the book again, I could not remember anything useful/helpful which I had read and wonder about the value of my time and money!
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I've been quite pleased with Ryan's Happiness Makeover, so I was glad to find this book by her, Trusting Yourself. She reminds us that we already know many of the answers in life and just aren't applying them. Learning to tune into our own instincts and knowledge from our life experience is a reminder we can all use.

Our lives become so packed, that we seldom stop and really think and examine and let our minds and hearts tune into what we know. I thank Ms Ryan for getting us to tune into this.
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I was very disappointed with this book. I found it to be very repetitive, filled with things I already knew and so slow moving I couldn't even get through it. Might be perfect for someone who is truly having a "nervous breakdown," but not for the person who is generally well adjusted but wanting to be a bit happier.
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Everyone feels overwhelmed by life’s increasingly dizzying whirlwind, we seem to have lost the sense of ourselves as reliable sources of the wisdom we need to navigate through our lives. This book is a good way to get back on track.
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Trusting Yourself is what every person needs who has been in a family or professional environment of distrust. Ryan is intuitive and straightforward in her insights. This read is a golden opportunity to stand up straighter through life's constant winds of adversity.
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I have a difficult time with a lot of books holding my attention long enough for me to actually finish, but I truly love this book and I am not only over half way through the book but I have all intention of finishing it and I'm looking forward to what the next few chapters say. Very informative, simple yet insightful and right on the money.

A delight to read.
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