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"Dr. Harold Shinitzky, whom I call Doc, has kept me from making irrational decisions at some really hard times. He has a way with positive words and wisdom like no other. Doc's book Your Mind is a definite read and has helped me tremendously! Grip it and read it!" -John Daly, PGA golfer "Individuals suffering from drug and alcohol or other addictions, anxiety, depression, resentment, and compulsive behavior, as well as those having difficulty moving on from bad experiences can greatly benefit from the knowledge and practical exercises in this
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Your Mind: An Owner's Manual for a Better Life: 10 Simple Truths That Will Set You Free

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"Dr. Harold Shinitzky, whom I call Doc, has kept me from making irrational decisions at some really hard times. He has a way with positive words and wisdom like no other. Doc's book Your Mind is a definite read and has helped me tremendously! Grip it and read it!" -John Daly, PGA golfer "Individuals suffering from drug and alcohol or other addictions, anxiety, depression, resentment, and compulsive behavior, as well as those having difficulty moving on from bad experiences can greatly benefit from the knowledge and practical exercises in this book." -Calvina Fay, executive director, Drug Free America Foundation, inc. During their more than 80,000 hours facilitating psychotherapy, Drs. Cortman and Shinitzky realized that most people are unaware of 10 crucial psychological truths-truths imperative to maintaining mental health and well-being. As a result of this lack of awareness, people become anxious, depressed, and generally unhappy; if they learn the 10 truths, they are more likely to lead productive, fulfilled lives. Do you know that: • Emotions are understandable and contain valuable information? • Our behavior has a hidden purpose? • We all have an internal saboteur whom we must identify and control? • We can change how we act if we change how we think? • Time heals nothing? Your Mind: An Owner's Manual for a Better Life combines extensive psychological research with decades of clinical practice in a practical, easy-to-digest narrative. Through examples and exercises, Drs. Cortman and Shinitzky present a step-by-step strategy to help you make use of the truths and become a happier, healthier you.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601630803
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 933,181
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Christopher Cortman has been a licensed psychologist in Florida for the past 23 years. He is a much-sought-after counselor and speaker who shares his significant knowledge of the human psyche in ways that clients and audiences can understand and immediately apply to their daily lives. Dr. Cortman has facilitated more than 80,000 hours of office and residential psychotherapy and provides psychological consultation services at five local hospitals. He also serves as a consultant to government and law enforcement agencies, and frequently testifies as an expert witness in civil and criminal courts.

Dr. Harold Shinitzky is in private practice in Florida. He currently consults for several countries, states, counties, and schools on the development, implementation, and evaluation of adolescent prevention initiatives. He has been the mental health correspondent for Radio Disney, ABC, and Fox television in Tampa. He was previously the director of the Assessment/Intervention Team Prevention Services at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. He is on the national advisory board to Drug Free America, The Learning Partnership, and the Applied Institute of Forensic Psychology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Emotions Are Not Mysterious Visitors; They Can Be Identified and Understood 15

Chapter 2 You Can Change Your Compulsive Behaviors If You Change Your Thoughts and Address Your Feelings 39

Chapter 3 Every Behavior Has an Underlying Purpose-and It's Not Always What We Think 61

Chapter 4 We All Sabotage Ourselves Unless We Confront Our Inner Saboteur 79

Chapter 5 All Behavior Requires Permission, So We Must Learn What We're Permitting Ourselves To Do 97

Chapter 6 Emotional Energy Is Finite and Needs to Be Invested, Rather Than Wasted on Wishing, Worrying and Whining 111

Chapter 7 Our Relationships Depend on Self-Empowerment and Not on Enabling Others 129

Chapter 8 Ego Boundaries Protect Us From Rejection, Insult, and Intimidation 145

Chapter 9 You Can Trust People to Be Who They Are, Not Who You Want Them to Be 161

Chapter 10 Time Doesn't Heal All Pain; We Heal Ourselves By Learning to Let Go 175

Chapter 11 Putting the Truths to Work for You 195

Bibliography 211

Index 215

About the Authors 221

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

    The Road to Happiness

    We all want to be happy, but too often we set up obstacles without even being aware. We worry too much, we panic, we feel jealous, anxious and angry. These feelings and the endless unwanted thoughts that come with them hang over us like a dark cloud and make us miserable.
    In Your Mind: An Owner's Manual for a Better Life, the authors identify these behaviors and explain where they come from, and more importantly, how we can change them to live more fulfilled lives. This book is extremely well-organized, easy to read, and the authors inject just the right dose of humor to make their points. Each chapter or Truth begins with a quote from the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Roseanne Barr, or Don Henley of the Eagles, and ends with simple activities that are designed to help you learn how to pinpoint the behaviors you want to change. There's space to write on the pages, or you can write on a separate sheet of paper and pass the book along to your mother-in-law or your husband to help them become more fulfilled too. The Truths that the authors identify are really guidelines to achieve positive change and happiness. For instance, Truth #1 is "Emotions are not mysterious visitors; they can be identified and understood." The authors explain in simple terms where feelings like guilt, panic, anger and anxiety come from and they help us learn to identify them in the moment and to ultimately avoid letting them take over our lives. One of the exercises invokes the "Opposite George" approach from the TV show "Seinfeld." When George realizes that every decision he ever made was wrong, he decides to act opposite to his impulses. In the same way, we have to learn to check our tired old impulses at the door, think, and find new ways to interact with the world--ways that result in increased personal satisfaction and a greater quality of life.
    Your Mind: An Owner's Manual is chock full of easily accessible, practical information that you can begin integrating into your life immediately.
    Reading this book is just like having a therapist, but way cheaper.

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