Doing The Right Thing

Doing The Right Thing

by Dr. Aaron Hass
     
 

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Life is filled with moral dilemmas. And in this ever changing world, doing the right thing can be an increasingly complex endeavor. Now psychologist Aaron Hass leads you on a voyage of discovery that enables you to better deal with the dilemmas of everyday life.

At one time or another we have all thought, "I know what I should do, but I can't do it." By

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Life is filled with moral dilemmas. And in this ever changing world, doing the right thing can be an increasingly complex endeavor. Now psychologist Aaron Hass leads you on a voyage of discovery that enables you to better deal with the dilemmas of everyday life.

At one time or another we have all thought, "I know what I should do, but I can't do it." By strengthening your moral self, you can. Dr. Hass' simple yet profound message is that inside, you know what's right. Freeing yourself from the fears, insecurities, and excuses that lie at the heart of your indiscretions will start you on your path to inner peace, dignity, and a renewed excitement for living. You will discover new ways of looking at:

  • Guilt — when it can be good
  • Emotions — how they can get in the way of doing what's right
  • Fairness — life may not be fair, but you can be
  • Giving — why keeping a scorecard makes you a moral loser

Dr. Hass brings these concepts and others into focus — and ties them together with compassion and love. Warmly human, full of wisdom and depth of spirit, this is a book about approaching your relationships with greater empathy and kindness, and teaching your children to do likewise. With Doing The Right Thing, you will release your inherent goodness and heroic potential — in times of crisis as well as in the smaller moments that make up the moral sum of your days.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Preachy books on self-improvement may be commonplace, but this one offers uncommonly sober, sound moral guidelines drawn from the author's experiences in clinical practice and fatherhood. On the subject of conscientious behavior, Hass (The Aftermath, etc.), a professor of psychology at California State and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, outlines how and why to follow the Golden Rule and to practice greater sensitivity, fairness, empathy and kindness when dealing with friends and strangers alike. Hass urges his reader to cultivate moral sensitivity: "I want you to be able to analyze a complex situation and answer the question, `What's the right thing to do?'" Occasionally redundant though rarely patronizing, Hass imparts moral wisdom in straightforward, clear prose. The book is well organized and replete with helpful references to everyday encounters. Hass draws liberally on anecdotes from philosophical, religious and literary sources ranging from Kant to Rabbi Harold Kushner. Repeatedly, he insists that principled behavior is a societal obligation. Furthermore, he claims, a shared sense of rectitude can make the world a better place. Toward the end, Hass emphasizes the importance of exercising one's "moral muscle," arguing that ethical behavior must be practiced. With that in mind, 30 short moral dilemmas are provided for group discussion or private consideration. Written in the style of The Book of Questions, these ethical puzzles are thought-provoking if not wholly original. The book's last section comprises similar conundrums, this time aimed at young children and adolescents. In a market saturated with shallow tomes on "family values," this is a serious sermon worth reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743465151
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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