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The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower--and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

45 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

I was in talk therapy for three years, two times a week, with a

I was in talk therapy for three years, two times a week, with a great therapist. I learned every detail and nuance about how my past effected the decisions and choices I had made. I learned to recognize this complex relationship between past and present almost in real t...
I was in talk therapy for three years, two times a week, with a great therapist. I learned every detail and nuance about how my past effected the decisions and choices I had made. I learned to recognize this complex relationship between past and present almost in real time. This often helped me make better choices, and I'm thankful for that. But something was always missing. I knew where I wanted to get to and what was holding me back. I simply couldn't make that leap. A character flaw of mine? Maybe. I think it might also be a flaw of talk therapy. It bonds the trauma of the past with the present. I needed to bond the present with the future. And then I was lucky enough to get to read The Tools. It explains how to do just what I needed.
In a nutshell?
-If you ever find yourself in a rut
-If you, like me, have been in psychotherapy but still have bad habits that hold you back
-If you are in a creative field, or want to be
-If you ever feel uncomfortable speaking to people (one or a thousand)
-If you wish you could make bolder moves with your life
-If you have unhealthy relationships
-If you worry about things to a point where it stifles you
-If you want to get things done but somehow don't
-If you know someone who fits any of the above

...then please buy 'The Tools' by Dr. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels. They are two therapists from LA who are brilliant. This is not a self-help book per se, but instead an answer to the part of talk therapy that doesn't actually change your life significantly enough and fast enough. (I've never picked up a 'self-help' book in my life...) Obviously, understanding your past is critical in knowing who you are. But the future is what you have to look forward to. 'The Tools' will help you make the most of it. The authors each had incredibly successful private practices treating some of the most successful people around. This book shares part of their unique, groundbreaking methods that have evolved over decades. For less than $15 you, or someone you love, risk finishing that project that's been laying dormant, having a healthier relationship, improving your confidence, and/or otherwise changing your life dramatically for the better. I just spent $30 on a T-shirt that didn't do any of that for me. Take a risk on this book: if you read it with an open mind your future might be more fulfilling than you ever dared think it could be.

posted by Doges on June 6, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

14 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

This book is mis-titled and mis-classified. It is really about

This book is mis-titled and mis-classified. It is really about Mr. Stutz's attempt to reconcile his atheist upbringing with his overwhelming desire to believe in a "higher power". It should be classified under Religion. Any pretense it makes of teaching you...
This book is mis-titled and mis-classified. It is really about Mr. Stutz's attempt to reconcile his atheist upbringing with his overwhelming desire to believe in a "higher power". It should be classified under Religion. Any pretense it makes of teaching you tools for managing your life is overwhelmed by the discussion of his personal teleological struggle. Don't waste your time on this book.

posted by GossettWS on June 8, 2012

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    This book is mis-titled and mis-classified. It is really about

    This book is mis-titled and mis-classified. It is really about Mr. Stutz's attempt to reconcile his atheist upbringing with his overwhelming desire to believe in a "higher power". It should be classified under Religion. Any pretense it makes of teaching you tools for managing your life is overwhelmed by the discussion of his personal teleological struggle. Don't waste your time on this book.

    14 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 2, 2012

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