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When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty Paperback – October 1, 2009
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— Larry King
Jeff Bell’s humanity, lovely sense of humor, and bravery will no doubt help many people who struggle with uncertainty learn how to make belief.’ Thank you, dear Jeff.”
— Patty Duke, actress and advocate
Jeff Bell has created a primer for dealing with both logical and illogical doubts. His honest and compelling account of his battle with obsessive compulsive disorder offers practical strategies straight from the belly of the beast.”
— Jonathan LaPook, MD, associate clinical professor of medicine, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
A breakthrough book...Jeff Bell’s insights can make a profound difference for anyone struggling with uncertainty in their personal or professional lives.”
— Patrick Lencioni, New York Times bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and president of The Table Group, Inc.
At once humble, human, practical, thoughtful, and masterful.”
— Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, psychology department chair, University of California, Berkeley
About the Author
Michael Jenike, MD, Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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One issue I felt a little bit blind-sided by was the inclusion of religious/spiritual beliefs as necessary to overcome OCD. Bell insists that we "choose to see the universe as friendly" and "allow for bigger plans than your own to unfold". I have no issue with Bell or anyone else believing these things if they find them useful, but as an atheist and skeptic that sees the universe as indifferent to human interests, this is hard to swallow. My doubts in this area arise from what Bell would deem "intellect-based doubts" so I can hardly just chuck these beliefs. I'm not saying that Bell necessarily prescribes this, but I wish he would've been a little bit more self-aware about including these kinds of beliefs without acknowledging that they be problematic for non-believers. I guess I also would've liked to have been clued into these beliefs being part of his methodology either in the description or intro to the book, as I felt a bit misled in that I thought the advice would stem from a secular/non-spiritual perspective.
To his credit, Bell is honest that he doesn't have scientific evidence that this system works, just that it worked for him.
So many things are confusing when you are dealing with this disorder,
but the author does a very good job of helping you to understand the things that are happening.
I would recommend it to somebody that just found out that they have this also.