Excess Baggage: Getting Out of Your Own Way

Excess Baggage: Getting Out of Your Own Way

by Judith Sills


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Maybe you always have to finish what you start—from a book to a dismal marriage. Or your mother is always there when you need her—but sometimes you wish she had somewhere else to go. Each of us has a little too much of our own good thing—it's excess baggage that's holding us back.


As Judith Sills says in this exceptionally wise and refereshingly pragmatic book, everyone has baggage. It's the aspect of your personality that keeps getting in your way.

Excess Baggage shines a light on our blind spots, defining five common obstacles to happiness that we create:

   • We need to be right
   • We feel superior
   • We dread rejection
   • We create drama
   • We cherish our anger

Life doesn't have to be so hard. Using easy-to-follow but powerful psychological excercises, Dr. Sills helps you discover just what it is about yourself that keeps you from getting what you want. Then you can set your excess baggage down foerever—and get out of your own way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142004197
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2003
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 802,975
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Judith Sills, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who for the last decade has appeared regularly on such national television shows as Oprah, Sally Jessy Raphaël, and NBC News. She is a contributing editor to Family Circle, the largest-circulation women’s magazine in America, and also writes for O, The Oprah Magazine.

Table of Contents

Excess Baggage Preface
Chapter One - Free Yourself from Yourself
Chapter Two - The Price You Pay for Being Who You Are
Chart: Excess Baggage at a Glance
Chapter Three - You Need to Be Right
Chapter Four - Ain't I Awful? Ain't I Swell?
Chapter Five - You Dread Rejection
Chapter Six - You Create Drama
Chapter Seven - You Cherish Rage
Chapter Eight - Enough
Postscript - The Anxiety of Change
Author's Note

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