Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up: Landing on Your Feet in an Upside down World

Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up: Landing on Your Feet in an Upside down World

by Alan Gettis

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ISBN-13: 9780979875526
Publisher: Goodman Beck Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2009
Edition description: Second Edition: Enlarged and Revised
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 860,348
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

Dr. Alan Gettis is a clinical psychologist who is well steeped in both Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. His collection of "Upside Down World" self-help books includes the critically acclaimed Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up: Landing on Your Feet in an Upside Down World, the award-winning The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy and Meaning in an Upside Down World, and the highly praised It's All Part of the Dance: Finding Happiness in an Upside Down World. In the 1960s Dr. Gettis was a Vietnam-era army psychologist stationed at a military hospital, and in the 1970s he was chief psychologist at a large mental health center in Northern New Jersey. Since 1974 he has maintained a private practice where he specializes in individual psychotherapy for adults. Dr. Gettis holds degrees from four different universities, including Utah State University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons..

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface to the Second Edition xiii

Introduction 1

Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees 5

Letting Go 7

Hang On 9

Out with the Old, In with the New 12

The Prison of Conditioning 14

The Meaning of Life 16

Where Are You Looking? 18

The Winner 20

Practice What You Preach 22

Use What You Have 24

You Are Not Dead 26

Give Yourself a Chance 28

Do You Believe in Magic? 30

Ghouls, Goblins, and Things That Go Bump in the Night 32

May Be 34

A Tale of Two Secretaries 36

The Last Man Standing 38

A Work in Progress 40

The Buck Stops Here 42

It's Always Here and Now 44

Forgiveness 46

Dealing with Anxiety 48

Waiting for Godot 50

Sixty Minutes 52

Where There's a Will, There's a Way 54

How Old Are You? 56

Bodhidharma 58

Ice Cream 61

Free at Last 63

Johnny Drew a Monster 66

Take It Easy 68

The Heart of the Matter 70

Take a Mid-Week Break 72

Dealing with Loss 74

All in the Family 76

Metaphorical Reincarnation 78

Free at Last [Reprisal] 80

The Yogi and the Fork Bender 82

R and R 84

May the Force Be with You 87

Yada Yada Yada 89

The Gift of Giving 91

On Hawaii, Alaska, and the 47 Contiguous States 93

Looking in the Mirror 95

The Land of Fools 97

The Frightened Child 99

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 101

You Don't Have to Be a Brain Surgeon 103

Pay Attention 106

Trust Yourself 108

The Garage Sale 110

No Thank You 112

Buddha 114

Babe Ruth 116

Beans, Burgers, and Beliefs 118

The Chicken Little Phenomenon 120

What Do You Need? 122

Chickens, Bulls, and Elephants 125

Mr. Fix-It 127

California, Here I Come 129

Take a Deep Breath (or Fifty) 131

Us and Them 133

It Will Never Be This Day Again 135

A Tale of Two Books 137

Do You Have Time? 139

Don't Expect Things to Be Perfect 141

The Wise Man 144

The Salt of the Earth 146

What Do You Think? 148

A Little Bit Better 150

Shocking News 152

Understand How Powerful Your Thoughts Can Be 154

Getting Things in Focus 156

A Million-to-One 158

Isness 161

Taking Out the Garbage 163

For Lou Gehrig, Catfish Hunter, and Countless Others 165

Swept Away 167

Start a New Tradition 169

Keep Your Eye on the Ball 171

It Came Down to This 173

Maya 175

Take It off the Drawing Board 177

The Placebo Effect 179

September 11th 181

Going the Distance 183

The Second Time Around 185

It's Not as Bad as You Think 187

How to Deal with Your Demons 189

The Meaning of Life: Part II 191

Our Birthright 193

Marching to a Different Drummer 195

Give Yourself a Break 197

Make a Difference 199

Keep a Journal 201

Sadhana 204

Buckle Up 206

Never Give Up 208

When I'm 64 210

Looking from a Different Vantage Point 212

Be Careful What You Wish For 214

Nicolo, Ann, and Sam 216

P is for 218

Whack! 220

Enlightenment? 222

Jenna and Her Bag of Troubles 225

The Whole Ball of Wax 226

References 229

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Skip_Treaster More than 1 year ago
Just when I was certain that Life simply doesn't come with an instruction manual, the Universe presented me with this amazing book! In his Updated Second Edition of "Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up: Landing on Your Feet in an Upside Down World," Alan Gettis, Ph. D., has truly created the "Boy Scout Handbook" for living a happy, fulfilled and meaningful life. I've read my share of "self help" books, but this goes far beyond a self help book. This one reaches into the realm of self-realization, self-responsibility, and self-healing. It is a practical, common-sense, easy-to-follow path to enlightened happiness. It offers answers and the assurance that, if we take responsibility for ourselves, we really can change for the better. Reading "Eight Times Up" is like being gently awakened, totally refreshed, and carefully guided toward fully enjoying and living in the here and now. Bob Dylan's fictional Jack Fate character said, "I stopped trying to figure everything out a long time ago." But Dr. Gettis hasn't given up trying. He shares his wisdom and insights through succinct, powerful stories which, like contemporary parables, teach us to wake up, stay awake, pay attention, get out of our comfort zones, get in touch with our inner selves, and explore and enjoy our lives. Dr. Gettis definitely "gets it" and he puts the "isness" of it all into this extraordinary book. We learn acceptance, ridding ourselves of emotional "garbage," to heal, renew and to change. To live authentically, with passion and purpose, thankful, engaged and moving confidentally toward our goals. That's a pretty tall order for any book. This one delivers! We really do deserve all the happiness Life has to offer. Sometimes we simply need to be reminded to change our attitudes towards living. I'm sure you'll want to share this inspiring collection of entertaining and enlightening stories with your friends and family, as I have. Whether you're a student, a teacher, a skeptic or a seeker, "Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up" is, without a doubt, a must-read book.
Brian_J._Donley More than 1 year ago
Review Seven Times Down Eight Times Up Alan Gettis, Ph. D. "The antidote for negative thinking is positive action." Dr. Alan Gettis has created one of the greatest self help books of the 21st Century. The insight is excellent. The short stories are easy to read, digest (learn), apply and share with others. Enlightenment in the sense of increasing knowledge and awareness is transformational. The connotation of several words in each story bring with them a power filled impact, one that will resonate with you for a lifetime. So empower yourself, your family, friends and others by learning, applying and teaching the wisdom shared within these pages. I tip my hat to Dr. Alan Gettis for a job well done. I think it is wonderful that he got his whole family involved with the creation of this masterpiece. He also used input from his friends, clients, teachers, and countless others. "Namaste," Dr. Alan Gettis and tribe. Thank you Dr. Gettis for stepping up to the plate and making this book a reality. The lives that it will assist through better choices now and in the future will make this world a greater place. Dr. Alan Gettis receives Donley's Five Star W.O.W (Words of Wisdom) Award. Brian J. Donley Author, The Original Psychology of Success
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Gary-Ciesla More than 1 year ago
Alan Gettis' book "Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up" is an impressive collection of short, pointed stories of wisdom and enlightenment. As part of his life's work, Dr. Gettis has gathered tales from all over the world. He recognizes the power of a short, simple story, and its effect upon a listener or reader. Each anecdote is short, often only 2-3 pages in length, but collectively the stories contain the power of the wisdom of the ages. The tales would be of interest to anyone in need of source material and illustrations for motivational or inspirational speeches or writings. As a teacher, and a storyteller myself, I kept asking over and over as I read the book, "Where did he get these stories? They're great!" Alan Gettis' book "Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up" is a delightful, yet profound book that was very enjoyable to read.
MartaFelber More than 1 year ago
There are hundreds of books on my bookshelves. "Seven Times Down Eight Times Up" will not be put on the shelf. It is being put to use in my life. The first reading was straight through, stopping briefly many times, hoping the directives and stories would become part of me. Just hoping does not work. Action does. The second time around I was tempted to highlight whole paragraphs in each chapter. No! That was too much like reading the entire book again. With highlighter in hand, I allowed myself to make bold one central thought in each chapter, a directive that I knew I needed to move forward to a more fulfilled life. After highlighting the "nugget" I would close my eyes, repeat what I had highlighted and try to remember the story the author had chosen to share, returning to the written word if I could not. You will have favorite chapters, just as I do, and they will probably be different from mine. Some deal with issues I feel I have worked through and I congratulate myself. Others point ways I know I need to go. Currently I am working through the book for the third time, using post-it notes to lead my way. I will never be finished with this book!
carrolwolve More than 1 year ago
People getting to you? Job stomping you down? Self-defeating behaviors? Alan Gettis' book is full of time-honored wisdom and is a rewrite of an earlier version updated with new material. He defines intelligence as the ability to profit from experience. Too many of us don't and fall into repeated destructive patterns. We worry too much about things we can't change - he says it's like banging your head against a wall. Slow down to do a better job. Pray. Live in the NOW and pay full attention to the experience. Skip the crowd mentality. If everyone else is doing something, look at the trend closely. It's often driven by flawed thinking and herd mentality. Madoff logic? Attitude is all - and always has been. Enjoyable reading because of his excellent presentation and stories based on many years experience. Another thought: There is nothing that improves life more than having enough money in the bank to walk away from a job gone sour. With money in the bank, job loss is no real crisis. This is why I wrote Living Cheap & Loving It. Dr. Gettis doesn't cover it, but financial security and simple living makes for the best attitude adjustment of all!
DTELady More than 1 year ago
This book is a keeper! One that you keep to reread every so often (great bathroom reader as each chapter is usually only two pages). It includes some really good mottos to live by in it - especially the ultimate meaning of life! Duh, it seems so simple now. This book takes a lot of what we have previously accepted to be written in stone truths and turns them on their head, makes you question how valid they are (the old Dr. Phil ' how is that working for you!?') and then shows you a very simple way to restructure your old thinking to one that will work really well. Dr Gettis is great at writing these very short stories - especially the two secretaries is VERY powerful and very appropriate for a friend of mine to read so that she might have an aha moment. I'll be buying a few more copies to give away as presents. In a way, these books are similar to the 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' which I love as well, though I think his sense of humor is better. I liked what he did at 64 - playing harmonica with all those famous people.... cute. Makes me seem quite human and accessible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Read it from cover to cover on a plane trip from NY to West Coast. Have re-readit it 3 times and it gets better each time
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Gettis provides insight and common sense through his thoughtful blend of cognitive behavioral principles and eastern spiritual wisdom. This book is a delicious cross of 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' and 'What I Learned I Learned I Learned in Kindergarten.' Anyone wanting a fresh appreciation of life and how to deal with its ups and downs should read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book contains numerous nuggets of wisdom. Dr.Gettis captures the essence of what it takes to live a happy, spiritually fulfilled life. Anyone who follows the advice given so gently here will be much more at peace. If enough people read this book, the world will be greatly benefitted. Read this book!'