Persuasion of My Days: An Anecdotal Memoir: the Early Years

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Harvey Dorfman literally rose from a childhood sickbed to his place of world renown in the field of sports psychology. Here he recounts the early experiences that 'persuaded' his future years. Dorfman takes the reader along this journey to his initial experience as an educator. Writer/theologian Frederick Buechner calls the book, "moving, convincing, alive and true; these chapters are (as) authentic a picture of a boy's finding his way as any I know." This first of two volumes closes on a twenty-seven-year-old ...
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Overview

Harvey Dorfman literally rose from a childhood sickbed to his place of world renown in the field of sports psychology. Here he recounts the early experiences that 'persuaded' his future years. Dorfman takes the reader along this journey to his initial experience as an educator. Writer/theologian Frederick Buechner calls the book, "moving, convincing, alive and true; these chapters are (as) authentic a picture of a boy's finding his way as any I know." This first of two volumes closes on a twenty-seven-year-old readying himself for a career that would take him from high school coaching to his current prominence in the world of professional sports.
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Al Leiter
I was always envious of those who raved about a teacher who had a profound effect on their lives. Unfortunately, I did not have such an educator during my school years. At the age of twenty-six, however, I met an inspirational teacher who helped shape my life. Harvey helped me become a better Major League pitcher, but more importantly, helped me be a better husband, father, and friend. I feel grateful and blessed to have such an extraordinary person in my life. When I am asked who my most influential teacher was, my answer is, 'Harvey Dorfman, he helped change my life for the better.'
Scott Boras
It's easy to understand how Harvey has been able to help so many professional athletes after reading what he did to combat his own struggles as a youth. He knows by direct experience that his no-nonsense, aggressive approach to problem-solving works. This is an insightful and entertaining look into the boy who 'fathered the man.'
David J. Schopick
A remarkable personal revelation of a man who struggled with a debilitating illness through his childhood. His hardships became his foundation for helping athletes, from high school through the professional level, to achieve their highest potential. Read this book to appreciate the boy and man behind 'the mental game.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761829805
  • Publisher: Hamilton Books
  • Publication date: 1/27/2005
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Harvey Dorfman has worked in education and psychology as a teacher, counselor, coach, and consultant. In 1999, Dorfman became a full-time consultant in sport psychology and staff development for the Scott Boras Corporation, an agency that represents professional baseball players. Harvey has also been a freelance journalist, his work having appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times, among others. For eight years, while teaching in Vermont, he wrote a weekly column entitled "Miscellany" for the Rutland Herald. His "Mind Game" column appeared in PRO, a quarterly magazine for professional athletes. Dorfman lectures at major universities and for corporations on psychology, self-enhancement, management strategies, and leadership training.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Locomotive Chapter 3 Keystone Kids Chapter 4 First Ballgame Chapter 5 All Across Chapter 6 Checkers Chapter 7 Sledding Chapter 8 Gin Rummy Chapter 9 A New Ballgame Chapter 10 Rocky Chapter 11 Wild Pitch Chapter 12 Flyweight vs. Heavyweight Chapter 13 Time Out & In With Dr. Belly Chapter 14 Prospect or Suspect Chapter 15 Once a Mohawk… Chapter 16 Lou Chapter 17 Doc Comes Through Chapter 18 A Fledgling Eagle Chapter 19 How Is Soccer Going? Chapter 20 Academics Chapter 21 Ways & Means; Play & Work Chapter 22 Social Decorum: New Art, Old Instincts Chapter 23 Back on the Athletic Fields Chapter 24 A. Huntley Parker, Jr. Chapter 25 Senior Season Chapter 26 A Real Job Chapter 27 Conflict with Cupid Chapter 28 Moving On-Happily, Sadly Chapter 29 About the Author
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