Obama Karma: Lessons on Living Inspired by the 44th President [NOOK Book]

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President Barack Obama is one of the calmest, coolest and most compelling political figures in modern times. Dealt a grueling first term of wars, recession, and bitter partisan attacks, he has remained even-tempered, level-headed, and downright Zen.

Obama's appeal runs even deeper than the revolution his ethnicity represents. His rare combination of inner peace and outer passion, his mix of realism and idealism, are qualities that have made him an iconic figure around the ...

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Obama Karma: Lessons on Living Inspired by the 44th President

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Overview


President Barack Obama is one of the calmest, coolest and most compelling political figures in modern times. Dealt a grueling first term of wars, recession, and bitter partisan attacks, he has remained even-tempered, level-headed, and downright Zen.

Obama's appeal runs even deeper than the revolution his ethnicity represents. His rare combination of inner peace and outer passion, his mix of realism and idealism, are qualities that have made him an iconic figure around the globe. Extraordinary emotional intelligence is perhaps the prime quality that has drawn Barack Obama's supporters to him through thick and thin.

In Obama Karma, Russell Razzaque analyzes key moments in the life of our forty-fourth president that reveal his depth and self-awareness, especially when confronted with challenges. While temperament is largely inherited, emotional intelligence can be learned. Through simple exercises included in the book readers can learn to improve their own life skills and interpersonal relationships.

Finally, Obama Karma helps make the case for the re-election of Barack Obama on the basis of his extraordinary leadership in a singular time in history.

Russell Razzaque, PhD, has been a practicing psychiatrist for over fifteen years. His most recent book Human Being to Human Bomb was a psychological examination of suicide bombers. He is an attending psychiatrist across several mental health and addiction treatment centers in London. Razzaque has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Independent.


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Obama Karma is based on a fascinating question: what can we learn from the complex character of President Barack Obama? What emerges is not the usual stuff of politics, but a series of life lessons inspired by a man who can often seem frustratingly unflustered by the crises and chaos around him. Russell Razzaque examines Obama's appeal to voters, and his coolness under pressure, with the sharp eye of a psychiatrist trying to make sense of success and failure. - Richard Wolffe, Author of Renegade: The Making of a President and Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House.

Barack Obama has been called the Zen president because of his inner calm, a state of being that psychiatrist Russell Razzaque believes is a measure of emotional intelligence, and the basis for Obama’s likeability. Razzaque puts Obama on the couch, assesses how he handles crises, how he responds to adversity, and how the rest of us can learn “Obama Karma” through meditations and various exercises to boost our emotional intelligence, and be cool like the president. - Eleanor Clift, co-author with Matthew Spieler, of Selecting a President.

Obama has the kind of self-confidence that only comes from knowing yourself well. He's emotionally intelligent. The stories in Obama Karma show you how he got that way. – Touré, author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984954339
  • Publisher: February Books
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 282
  • File size: 414 KB

Meet the Author


Dr. Russell Razzaque has been a practicing psychiatrist for over 14 years. He gained membership to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2004 and in 2007 he wrote the definitive book on the psychology of suicide bombing, Human Being To Human Bomb. He practices in the East End of London as a consultant psychiatrist across several mental health and addiction treatment centers.
Dr. Razzaque has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Independent. He also writes a blog on current affairs and US politics for The Independent and is a staff writer on self-improvement issues for the popular online hub, Technorati.
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Table of Contents

A Course in Karma 3

Lesson 1 Be Flexible Like Water 19

Lesson 2 Relax Into Uncertainty 43

Lesson 3 Embrace Imperfection 71

Lesson 4 Make Space For Shadows 91

Lesson 5 Connect To Your Core 111

Lesson 6 Mirror Respect 127

Lesson 7 Gain Strength From Pain 143

Lesson 8 Stay in the Tension (... and Don't Let the Odds Get You Down) 165

Homework 195

Acknowledgments 201

Source Notes 203

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