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Why Good People Do Bad Things: How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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“In this book, Debbie Ford brilliantly exposes the greatest human tragedy: the loss of the authentic self by ineffective parenting and the resulting split that ravages the life of the self and its consequences for others. I heartily recommend this book to everyone.” (Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want)
“Anyone who reads this book will find the means to become whole once again.” (Deepak Chopra, author, Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore)
“This masterpiece of unflinching clarity is Debbie Ford’s most important and brilliant book.” (Andrew Harvey, author of Son of Man)
“...a sage discussion of the dualistic nature of the human mind...” (Richard Moss, MD, author of The Mandala of Being)
“An exceptionally helpful book.” (Paul Babiak, Ph.D., coauthor of Snakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work)
“Debbie Ford has an amazing way of casting light onto our personal darkness. She’s done it before, and now she’s done it again. She’s a great explorer of our depths.” (Marianne Williamson, author of The Age of Miracles)
“Debbie Ford has hit a spiritual bullseye in this extraordinary roadmap to self-understanding, compassion, and what we all want most -- happiness. I was touched, inspired, and enlightened by Debbie’s masterful blend of wisdom and heart. This landmark book will help many people.” (Alan Cohen, author of Why Your Life Sucks and What You Can Do About It) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
DEBBIE FORD (October 1, 1955 - February 17, 2013) is the national bestselling author of Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Year of Your Life, Why Good People Do Bad Things, and The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse.
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This is a wonderful book for self-exploration. As you grasp the ideas Ford is putting forth, the ideas grasp you, but it's totally worth it because the more responsibility you take for your life, the more you can change your life into what you want instead of just being buffeted by the winds of fate.
So here's the gist of this remarkable book: we are all born whole, just look at babies. They never care what any thinks, they cry when they want, and laugh and just basically let emotions roll right through them. As they grow, they are taught that certain emotions are not okay so they push that part of themselves aside until they allow their wounded ego to take over and run their life because their authentic self has not been allowed.
We are dual creatures, part divine, part beast. The beast side of us goes by the law of the jungle, eat or be eaten. The divine side tells us that we're all one and what we do to others is what we do to ourselves.
Now saying that we should get rid of the beast side is crazy because we need a healthy ego or we'd never strive for anything, or even get dressed in the morning. What Ford is teaching is to acknowledge the beast side and use it. Yes we can all be tempted by the 7 deadly sins, but we can also control them.
We can take pride in our appearance and not wear our pajamas in public.
We can be greedy which can be controlled into working hard for what we want.
We can be lazy, because sometimes it's appropriate to give ourselves a break from the stress of our lives and take a day to just be.
We can be gluttonous and control it by being a fabulous cook.
Read this book and get control over your vices and learn to enjoy being human is the message that I believe Ford is trying give us.
Debbie Ford uses the pages of her newest work to expertly cut through the illusions of good and bad, right and wrong, real and unreal. She quickly gets to the root of the most significant problem plaguing the world today - the effects of toxic shame, and the inability of people to accept and make peace with the totality of who they are - both the light and the dark. She points to the internal split that results, as the cause of an on-going conflict within each one of us. She explains the unconscious mechanisms that inexhorably draw us into a range of negative and destructive behaviors that will continue to plague us until the split is healed and the conflict resolved. Fortunately, Ms. Ford also offers useful concepts, tools and antidotes for making peace and returning to wholeness.
One can choose to read this book and be fascinated intellectually by the ideas presented without taking personal action. Or one can choose to use it as a catalyst to explore their inner world, make new choices and ultimately become more authentic and whole. I recommend the latter.