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Your Erroneous Zones Mass Market Paperback – December 5, 1993
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'An inspiring book on self-esteem' - NEW WOMAN 'Light, humorous and enlightening' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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From the author of Real Magic and the multimillion-copy bestseller Pulling Your Own Strings, positive and practical advice for breaking free from the trap of negative thinking.
If you're plagued by guilt or worry and find yourself falling unwittingly into the same old self-destructive patterns, then you have "erroneous zones" -- whole facets of your approach to life that act as barriers to your success and happiness. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer can now help you break free!
If you believe that you have no control over your feeling and reactions, Dyer reveals how much you can take charge of yourself and manage how much you let difficult situations affect you. If you spend more time worrying what others think than working on what you want and need, Dyer points the way to true self-reliance. From self-image problems to over-dependence upon others, Dyer gives you the tools you need to enjoy life to the fullest.
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To illustrate... I used to believe that I had certain tendencies (like "worrying" about all the "what ifs" for example) that were somehow out of my control. The idea of buying into the idea that some things were just "family traits" that I was helplessly born into, that "we come from a family of neurotic people who worry".
I have a particular favorite story which is on the audio tape version of the book (I can't remember if it's in the printed version of the book.... the audio seems pretty much like he's extemporizing on the principles outlined in the book). He tells of how he was in a restaurant and the manager/owner of the restaurant is getting very upset and emotional at an employee. Dr. Dyer says to the guy something like "Look at yourself, you're going to give your self a heart attack by the time your fifty" to which the gentleman replies "I am fifty two and I had a heart attack two years ago" to which Dr. Dyer says something like "Then why do you do this to yourself ? " to which the fellow says "What do you want from me.... I'm Italian !" ..... as if that was an explanation for why he was getting himself all worked up.
Wayne really helps one realize that they don't have to "buy into" feeling like they are helpless victims of their cultural background, family dynamics and, Genetic tendencies etc. While these may all seem to be the same thing there are in fact subtle differences between them.
I have recommended this book and it's audio version for countless people who have felt "out of control" of their emotions.
The ideas in this book really work if you are willing to finally let go of the mental crap in your life that is holding you back from being happier and healthier in every way. This is not to put on Rose Colored glasses, but to be able to "catch yourself" before you go into reacting the way you "always do" and really asking yourself if it is necessary.
Of course there are things in life where "worry" (for example if a loved one is ill) might be an unavoidable and compassionate emotion. But I'm talking about the sort of "worry" that is about things that "might happen". How many people spin endless tales of woe that will never come to pass.
Regarding Waynes other work, much of it has gone the way of the worst sort of New Age thought.
While I personally think that there is much New Age thinking that can be beneficial (especially in terms of having people more accepting of others rather than being narrow minded and bigotted), often it seems to be used to avoid having compassion (as in the idea that "Everything is perfect" so why help starving people).
This being said, "Erroneous Zones" is still one of those books I will always recommend and re-read (or listen to) when I find myself slipping into old mental habit patterns.
Another book along these lines that I also highly recommend is "Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabot Zinn.
“Not to succeed in a particular endeavor is not to fail as a person. It is simply not being successful with that particular trial at that particular present moment.”
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer from Your Erroneous Zones
Your Erroneous Zones was Wayne Dyer’s first book and I love the stories he tells about how hard he worked to help make it a best-seller (over six millions copies sold!). It’s a no-nonsense, straight to point, how to quit letting negative thinking dominate your life kinda book. Just the kind I love. :)
If you’ve read any of Wayne Dyer’s books, you know that one of his primary messages is: “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
If we intend to take charge of ourselves and change our lives by changing the way we look at things, we can’t do so casually.
We can’t just try on some new thoughts for size. We’ve gotta have the determination to be happy and then “challenge and destroy each and every thought that creates self-mobilizing unhappiness” for us.
So, what thoughts do you KNOW aren’t serving you? Now a good time to destroy ‘em?
Let’s have some fun exploring some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. Taking Charge - Of yourself.
2. Self-Reliance - A veritable religion.
3. Self-worth - vs. Other-worth.
4. There Is Nothing - To worry about!
5. Guilt - Is useless.
What would you be doing if you had six months to live? If you’re not currently doing that, what’re you waiting for?
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