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Master Class in Gremlin-Taming: The Absolutely Indispensable Next Step for Freeing Yourself from the Monster of the Mind

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Rick Carson's Taming Your Gremlin® has helped hundreds of thousands of people combat the inner saboteur lurking in the recesses of every human mind. Now Rick takes you to the next level by revealing new ways to escape your gremlin. Rick shows how to access the "natural you"—a place of clear feelings and pure potential. He also shares his powerful I CREATE method: seven keys for creating rewarding relationships, which our gremlins love to mess with. With wit, wisdom, and plenty of real-life vignettes, Rick helps ...

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Overview

Rick Carson's Taming Your Gremlin® has helped hundreds of thousands of people combat the inner saboteur lurking in the recesses of every human mind. Now Rick takes you to the next level by revealing new ways to escape your gremlin. Rick shows how to access the "natural you"—a place of clear feelings and pure potential. He also shares his powerful I CREATE method: seven keys for creating rewarding relationships, which our gremlins love to mess with. With wit, wisdom, and plenty of real-life vignettes, Rick helps gremlin-tamers at all levels give gremlins less than the time of day.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Port
"A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming(R) has a subtle and powerful effect."
Craig Hall
"A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming(R) is filled with insightful, power-packed wisdom. It opened up many perspectives for me."
Mary Olk
"A must-read. . .for professionals. . .[and] for ANYONE interested in a satisfying journey through life."
John Mahon
"This new book will be even more helpful in taming that nasty little Gremlin that...all performers carry around."
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
"Gremlin-taming is a most worthy ambition, and Rick Carson is a most worthy advocate and ally."
—Michael Port
“A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming(R) has a subtle and powerful effect.”
—Craig Hall
“A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming(R) is filled with insightful, power-packed wisdom. It opened up many perspectives for me.”
—Mary Olk
“A must-read. . .for professionals. . .[and] for ANYONE interested in a satisfying journey through life.”
—John Mahon
“This new book will be even more helpful in taming that nasty little Gremlin that...all performers carry around.”
—Jimmie Dale Gilmore
“Gremlin-taming is a most worthy ambition, and Rick Carson is a most worthy advocate and ally.”
--Michael Port
“A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming(R) has a subtle and powerful effect.”
--Craig Hall
“A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming(R) is filled with insightful, power-packed wisdom. It opened up many perspectives for me.”
--Mary Olk
“A must-read. . .for professionals. . .[and] for ANYONE interested in a satisfying journey through life.”
--John Mahon
“This new book will be even more helpful in taming that nasty little Gremlin that...all performers carry around.”
--Jimmie Dale Gilmore
“Gremlin-taming is a most worthy ambition, and Rick Carson is a most worthy advocate and ally.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061148408
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/11/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 496,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

This is Rick Carson's fourth book for HarperCollins. His seminal work, Taming Your Gremlin®, has had a remarkable track record. Translated into several languages, Taming Your Gremlin has been a consistent seller since 1984. For thousands in a cross-section of cultures and circumstances, the Gremlin-Taming Method serves as a foundation for responding to everyday challenges and for living a satisfying life.

For over thirty-five years Rick has been a counselor, personal and executive coach, and trainer for mental health professionals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. His work is used in the training of psychotherapists, personal and executive coaches, substance abuse specialists, corrections personnel, teachers, corporate executives, clergy, and others. He is a former faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a clinical member and approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Rick is the founder of the Gremlin Taming Institute in Dallas, Texas.

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A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming(R)
The Absolutely Indispensable Next Step for Freeing Yourself from the Monster of the Mind

By Rick Carson HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008
Rick Carson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061148408

Chapter One

The Bottom Line

Bundles of shingles and buckets of tar grow heavy quickly, and while the boxcars we spent hour after hour loading offered some shade, they blocked any hope of a breeze. Summer was half over, and I was glad I'd return to Texas Tech in the fall. For Jim Turnbow and the other dock men, there would likely be no reprieve.

Jim Turnbow had been to prison twice for assault, and every man on the dock knew it. He was forty-five plus and tall, with shiny, wavy black hair. He had a wind-worn face, long sinewy muscles that reminded me of steel cables, and a body swirled with tattoos, including one of a panther on his right forearm. He moved with an undaunted sureness, which I found intimidating. I never saw Jim smile, and he rarely spoke. Jim and I and the rest of the men on the loading dock got a twenty-five-minute lunch break every day. Though the West Texas wind blew hot and dusty, we ate outside on the dock to escape the smell of burning tar inside the factory.

One day, as I sat on the dock practically merging with my baloney sandwich, I sensed Jim's eyes on me. I risked a glance at him. He was squatting directly across from me, eating a turnip with his pocketknife. His dark eyes were locked in on me. I felt small and brand spanking new, and I tried to grin. My face wouldn't cooperate, and I felt my liptwitching. Then, in a crisp, quick tone, Jim spat out, "Rick!" His cold black eyes pointed right at mine.

My heart skipped a beat, and my soul snapped to attention. Until then, Jim had spoken to me only rarely and briefly, and he had never called me by name.

Jim gestured with his knife as he spoke, his thumb pressing a slice of turnip against the flat side of the blade.

"When you're dead . . ." He leaned toward me, his already level gaze became a piercing glare, and his hand, the knife, and the turnip slice began quivering with the crazed conviction of a man being thunderstruck by the truth. Wide-eyed, I gulped.

"When you're dead . . ." he repeated with greater force, his eyes glazed and wilder now.

"When you're dead . . ." he said again, through clenched teeth this time, and louder, "you're a dead peckerhead." Then he got up and walked back into the factory.



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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: Before You Begin This Book     xv
The Bottom Line     1
Birth and Death     3
One Breath at a Time     5
The Mind Is a Terrible Thing     6
True Love and Your Heart of Hearts     8
True Love     8
Your Heart of Hearts     9
Your Gremlin     11
Good Advice     14
Your Heart, the Natural You, Your Hypnotic Pre-Convictions, and Your Advertising     18
The Whole Person Diagram     18
Hypnotic Pre-Convictions About How the World Works     26
Four Key Questions     30
So Let's Review     32
The Gremlin-Taming Method Revisited     35
The Basics of Pleasure     49
The Art of Graceful Change     50
Creating Rewarding Relationships     51
Intention     53
More on the Mind     63
Realms of Awareness     64
An Intentional Stroll (A Walking Meditation)     67
Connection     71
A Useful Continuum     72
Playing with Options     74
Breathe, Dammit, Breathe     75
Peeling the Onion     78
A Word About Responsible Semantics     80
About Eyes and Ears     87
Connect With Each Step     89
Respect     96
Process and Content     97
Planning and Doing     105
Get Your Intention Clear     107
Environment     110
Authenticity     124
The Power of No     127
Anger     128
Resolving Conflict Constructively     130
Knowing and Knowing About     138
Trust     141
Reminiscing     143
Reminders     149
Experience     151
A Breathing Meditation: An Opportunity to Practice I CREATE     154
I CREATE as a Checklist     162
A Blast from the Past: Revisit and Re-Decide     164
The Power of Until Now     170
Serving Your Heart     173
So Let's Review     179
A Note to Jim     183
It's Been a Slice     185
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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended - The next step in gremlin taming

    By Bradley Foster - Giant Steps Coaching

    One of the joys of being a coach is reading books that help me become a better coach and have the added advantage of helping me as a person. Rick Carson's book is one of these volumes that has a two fold advantage and it was a pleasure to read on both levels. Reading it gave me useful tools that I can use to help clients and it gave me useful reminders that I can put into practice each day.


    Rick Carson's Taming your Gremlin is a classic book of self-development, written over 25 years ago. It has helped hundreds of thousands quiet negative voices in their heads that hold them back. Although Rick has revised the original work, his Master Class goes deeper with new techniques for freeing yourself from the "Monster of the Mind". Rather than focusing on what's going on in our heads, the Master Class is more focused on being genuine with ourselves and responsible in our relationships. His writing couldn't be more clear, his techniques more elegant, practical and effective for achieving intimacy with yourself and others in your life. Time and time he reminds us to focus our awareness and being aware of our breath. So let's take this one breath at a time.


    One of Rick's techniques of interpersonal communication is called Peeling the Onion. If you follow his system, even in conflictual situations, you will reach a deeper level of understanding and communication with your partner.


    Quite simply, the system is:

    Simply Notice

    Describe

    Hush

    Breathe

    Listen


    Or as he playfully refers to it: SNDHBL. It's hard to describe how powerful this system is when communicating with others. Simply noticing refers to what is true for you in the moment rather than what you are thinking which tends to be more about what was or the way you would like things to be. This is the authenticity about yourself that is so important to describe to your partner. It takes a lot of practice to get this down. Having said what you notice, hush, breathe and listen creates a space for your partner to reciprocate. Beautiful. Simple. Elegant.


    If you haven't read Taming your Gremlin, you will find this book gives you enough of a review of the basic principles so you won't feel like you are missing something. His chapter on hypnotic preconceptions is especially good. I love the way he talks about beliefs, "remember, beliefs, even the noblest of them are just opinions you have developed loyalty to." Hypnotic preconceptions are how we have figured out how the world works. It's our stories, our beliefs and they are almost always wrong. Our beliefs keep us from being genuine, of living a heart-felt existence and gets in the way of intimacy with those closest to us. This book is a guide to showing you how to develop greater intimacy.


    Rick's book reminds me how simple effective, genuine communication can be when we can get out of the way. It's all about being heart-centered rather than being in your head where gremlins and hypnotic preconceptions hold sway. Rick provides an elegant methodology to living a responsible, authentic and self aware life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    Richard Carson continues to illuminate the craft

    Once again Richard Carson provided me with a wonderful book with great vignettes, and I especially enjoyed his section on Creating Rewarding Relationships. A Great Read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    Buy this book!

    I love Rick Carson's work, and Master Class is a masterpiece. It includes a process he calls 'ICREATE,' which is helping me through one of the worst times of my life. A Master Class will help you through those and the ordinary times as well.

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