- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (December 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1462110959
- ISBN-13: 978-1462110957
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Turning Point: Conquering Stress with Courage, Clarity and Confidence Paperback – December 11, 2012
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Dr. Prasad, one of the country's most successful and original addiction specialists has now offered us a road map for kicking stress. Steve Kroft - 60 minutes CBS News correspondent.
Dr. Prasad makes a strong case not just for managing stress but for banishing it altogether from your life. I agree completely that any stress is bad stress, no matter what the headlines tell you. This new book will show you that the stress-free life is indeed possible. Robert Epstein, Ph.D., former editor-in-chief, Psychology Today
A highly personal and insightful account of new approaches to conceptualizing stress and its reduction. This book will be of interest to both general readers and professionals focused on stress disorders. Fred R Volkmar, M.D. - Irving B. Harris Professor, Director - Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, Chief of Child Psychiatry Yale New Haven Hospital
From the Author
Stress is the principal nemesis of human beings and an equal opportunity tormentor. Stress dampens the spirit of an individual and distracts him from reaching his goals. Ongoing globalization, rapid technological advances and a fragile worldwide economy have raised stress levels to a new high for millions of people all over the world. People from all walks of life feel the pinch of these events and helpless to turn their lives around for the better. The purpose of The Turning Point: Conquering Stress with Courage, Clarity and Confidence, is to enlighten the disenchanted millions as to how to conquer stress and lead peaceful and productive lives.
Conquering stress and taking charge of one's destiny will be the turning point in one's life. The unique breakthrough of this book is the 'The Turning Point Program,' designed to guide a stressed out individual step by step with examples to identify the source and neutralize stress forever. Individuals usually look at stress from their own and the world's perspective, and therefore are unable to grasp the dynamics of stress and to conquer it. This book also introduces a new, ground breaking concept called Naturization, which is the missing link in the fight against stress. Naturization provides a third perspective, nature's perspective, a key and an invaluable tool to conquer stress.
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About: Written primarily by Dr. Balasa Prasad, a practicing psychiatrist who has developed his Turning Point Plan over 30 plus years. In the book he highlights the human burdens of stress on our physical bodies and our emotional lives; then examines the origins of stress and the importance for us to accept the unchanging "laws of nature". He also talks about the link between addictions and stress, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and stress. He then moves onto the importance of realizing one's place in the world, and the responsibility and courage for making changes in our lives. At the end of the book there is a special and insightful section (by Dr. Preetham Grandhi - a child psychiatrist and Prasad's son in law) on stress in children.
Also an anesthesiologist, Dr. Prasad has cured many of his patients, including those with phobias and addictions. Interestingly he gets to the root of the problem quickly within a few sessions questioning each individual about their past, even administering a "truth serum" which helps them to reveal hidden experiences, traumas, and beliefs. He then suggests in a clearheaded way - logical solutions which amount to choices by the patient so that he/she can move forward and enjoy a less stressful life.
Thoughts: This is a terrific book (and I've read A LOT of self help books). It's clear and easy to read, and it's written by two experts in the field. Even better is that it's slim and accessible, and jammed packed with thoughtful truths about our natures and our world. Also included are case studies and personal examples. In my opinion Dr. Prasad is very grounded and has a extremely clear view of what life is about.
Granted the book may look like many of those fluffy self-help books on the market (with its typical sounding alliteration in the title), however, this book does exactly what it promises. My only negative thought about The Turning Point is that I'm not sure everyone will be able to recognize their own dilemmas - those that are so easy for Dr. Prasad to observe and which are showcased in his book. But hopefully reading his book will push those in need into finding help? I think that if Dr. Prasad and Dr. Grandhi included several sessions using the Turning Point Method with the purchase of the book (I could use a session or two) the book would be perfect!
If you're going to read a recent book on bettering your life (or give one to a needy, faltering friend or loved one) I think this may be it. It's direct and packs a punch that may push lost individuals back on track. Highly recommended for looking toward the new year and making significant and important changes for a happier life. This is a 4.5 stars in my opinion.
I wasn't disappointed. With three main steps, Courage, Clarity and Confidence, and some other pointers on how to identify the stress, you can help alleviate some stress in your life - personal or work! There are several real examples to show you how it works and it was very easy to read and follow along. No big words that I had to go searching out the meaning for - which is always a deterrent when you're reading. Definitely a must read for anyone wanting to get some clarity with the stress in their life and for those who enjoy reading self-help books.