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Posted January 9, 2009
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I came to this book with the question in mind ¿Can anyone be happy all of the time?¿ Of course not, but Dr. John Ryder¿s book Positive Directions: Shifting Polarities to Escape Stress and Increase Happiness aims to show us how we can have more control over how we see the world, related to other people and manage our stress in our daily lives.<BR/><BR/>Dr. Ryder has produced what I would call a bit of a ¿hybrid¿ in his latest book. Hybrid you might ask? Yes, John Ryder has written this book not only out of his scientific and educational background as a Psychologist but also he draws out a good portion of this book from experience, intuition and out of common sense. This is the mix that he seems comfortable with and in using such a construct the book becomes more assessable for the lay reader and those who are looking to find more happiness in their own lives. A good example of this, Dr. Ryder uses the analogies of keys (positive tools) and locks (negativity) to show the different planes that we need to work on in order to relieve many of the problems and stresses that drown our happiness in our daily lives. This makes the text simpler to understand than it would have if he¿d simply written this as a professional psychologist.<BR/><BR/>At center of the book are the polarities that Dr. Ryder has named JEEP (judgment, emotion, energy and patterns). Each of these polarities has a positive and a negative side and have an effect on every facet of your life. So the trick is to learn where you would fit in relation to JEEP ¿ just where are your weaknesses that cause you ultimately to not be as happy as you should? Throughout the rest of the book you are presented the keys to each of the locks that would tilt your polarity to the negative side and to transform into a more spiritual being. So it sounds a bit new agey? Well, I suppose some of it does come off this way but then again much it is in the presentation.<BR/><BR/>At the end of the day I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to improve their outlook on life. It is possible that to get the most out of it one might ought to read the book slowly, one chapter at a time so that one has a chance to work on each point. Otherwise I recommend taking lots of personal notes ¿ notes directly linking your own life to what is being covered in the book. You should get lots out of it that way. And become a happier spirit in the bargain as well!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.