Play It By Ear: Improvise Your Way to Lasting Friendships [NOOK Book]

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Mental health experts agree that to lead a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life, we must be able to build and nurture friendships. Yet many of us don't know how. We struggle with making friends or alienate the ones we already have, leaving us feeling lonely and confused.

"Play It by Ear" offers a fresh, jazz-inspired approach to help us connect with others in a positive, meaningful way. Drawing on experience from his two careers — first as a ...
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Play It By Ear: Improvise Your Way to Lasting Friendships

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Overview

Mental health experts agree that to lead a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life, we must be able to build and nurture friendships. Yet many of us don't know how. We struggle with making friends or alienate the ones we already have, leaving us feeling lonely and confused.

"Play It by Ear" offers a fresh, jazz-inspired approach to help us connect with others in a positive, meaningful way. Drawing on experience from his two careers — first as a professional musician and second as a therapist — Ron Carducci introduces the improvisational jam session as a model for mastering the art of relating. By adopting the flexible, accepting behaviors of jazz players, we can foster the trust and spontaneity that lie at the heart of enduring friendships.

Readers will learn how to cast aside their expectations, bend with others to preserve and deepen their relationships, transform conversations into creative, rewarding "jazz dialogues," and keep their cool in difficult situations.

Filled with illustrative stories from Dr. Carducci's practice and from the many years he performed in jazz clubs and Las Vegas show bands, "Play It by Ear" invites us to loosen up and engage in the present moment — and experience the joy that comes from sharing a genuine connection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982347058
  • Publisher: Rubato Books
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,356,437
  • File size: 258 KB

Meet the Author

Ron Carducci, Ph.D., has been counseling men and women for more than thirty-five years. With his unique blend of clinical psychology and jazz, he has helped hundreds of clients cast aside their scripts and expectations, freeing them to create stable, satisfying relationships. He lives in Denver with his wife, Felicia.
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