For those battle-scarred veterans of self-help books, psychologist Dr Gary Wood has answers that actually work. He argues that for real changes in the life of real people we need real psychology. In Don't Wait for Your Ship to Come In, Swim Out to Meet It, he presents an end to 'yo-yo self helping. This is a complete step-by-step program for personal development, based on the life-coaching techniques and evidence-based psychology that have made him immensely popular on British radio, TV and magazines. Written in his trademark, fun, conversational Dr Wood offers a wealth of tools and techniques for positive lasting change illustrated with exercises, quizzes and anecdotes. It covers everything from relaxation, to self-talk, to creative visualization, to goal setting. It also contains tools for enhancing anyone's creative capacity for change and overcoming self-sabotage. Throughout, the book focuses on personal strengths and solutions and contains tools for conducting a complete life review. Dr Gary Wood offers the challenge 'It's your life so take it personally'. This comprehensive, practical guide is a must for anyone who is truly serious about personal growth, empowerment and change.
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About the Author
Dr Gary Wood [BSc (Hons), PgC, PhD, FHEA] is a social psychologist,author, life coach, and broadcaster. Combining an engaging andaccessible approach with a solid academic background he specializesin communicating psychological insight on all aspects of humansocial life to a wider audience. Increasingly the need fordown-to-earth evidence-based expertise finds him working in diversearenas from the press, to radio, television and theatre, tocorporate consultancy, and of course, the lecture room. He hastaught psychology to students at all levels of higher education, inseveral UK universities and colleges. He is a Fellow of theHigher Education Academy. Dr Wood has also worked with theLearning and Skills council to promote to encourage adultsback to learning.
He regularly appears on radio and television offering expertanalysis and coaching tips, and is widely quoted in newspapers andmagazines. He has featured on the Trisha Goddard(Channel Five) show as part of her 'Campaign for Change' team, onBig Brother's Little Brother and onMoneyspinners. he is a regular panellist on FiveLive's The Late Show and has appeared on Woman's Hour. He has been a featured agony uncle in evemagazine and is the life editor for health and style website,Mansized. Dr wood contributes quizzes and articles to arange of publications and is author of Sex, Lies andStereotypes.
As well as lecturing, he runs his own research consultancy,training and coaching practice. In his spare time he eats,sleeps...and occasionally sings!
For more info, visit www.drgarywood.co.ukor www.psycentral.co.uk
Table of Contents
Part One: From Insight to Ownership.
Chapter One: New Eyes: New Landscapes.
You, the viewing and the doing.
Chapter Two: Swimming Lessons.
Feedback not failure.
Chapter Three: Ducking and Diving.
You are what you value.
Chapter Four: SOS!
Support our strengths.
Part Two: From Ownership to Action.
Chapter Five: Lucidity and Stillness.
The opposite of stress.
Chapter Six: Getting in the Flow of Things.
Ready, steady, goal!
Chapter Seven: All That You Ever Imagined It Would Be...
Creative visualization, imagery and mental rehearsal.
Chapter Eight: Water Wings or Concrete Galoshes?
The power of self-talk.
Part Three: Less Distraction, More Action.
Chapter Nine: Don’t Rock the Boat!
Chapter Ten: A Drop in the Ocean.
The power of contribution.
Further Reading and Resources.