- Taschenbuch: 120 Seiten
- Verlag: Kolowalu Books (Paperback) (30. April 1986)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0824808711
- ISBN-13: 978-0824808716
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 0,7 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 97.342 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Constructive Living (Kolowalu Books (Paperback)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. April 1986
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Dr. Reynolds will turn your thinking about self-esteem upside down and inside out.-- "O Magazine, March 2001"
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
David K. Reynolds is recognized as the leading Western authority on Japanese psychotherapies. He is a former faculty member of the UCLA School of Public Health, the USC School of Medicine, and the University of Houston. His books have been published by university presses (California, Chicago, Hawaii, and New York) and popular presses in the U.S., Japan, China, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. In 1988 the World Health Organization sent Dr. Reynolds to China to train psychiatrists there in Constructive Living. He currently lectures and conducts workshops around the Pacific, including approximately three months in spring and three months in fall in Japan lecturing and consulting in Japanese. He is the only non-Japanese to receive the Kora Prize and the Morita Prize by the Morita Therapy Association of Japan.
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Reynolds argues that we can’t control our feelings. And since I can’t control what I’m feeling, I also can’t control the feelings of those I care about. What I can do is control my behavior. I can do something—anything. By doing, I can change my situation, which will almost always ultimately change my feelings. We are only what we do. So doing is not just about taking control, it’s also a rejection of wishing, wanting, or any other type of behavior that is non-constructive. I can dream about wanting to be successful all day; those dreams may be fun to imagine, but they do nothing to advance my life.
There are a number of exercises at the end of the book that work to refocus your life on doing. Unsurprisingly, one of the exercises is exercising. Exercising is a fundamental way to act in a positive way and can work to change your feelings. Incidentally, he also suggests preparing your own meals.
"Constructive Living" has a distinct Buddhist undertone and is actually based on Morita therapy, a treatment that emerged out of Japan. A core maxim of the book is that “self-centeredness is suffering”, which has less to do with being selfish and more to do with focusing your attention outward instead of dwelling on your own feelings. For such a short book, "Constructive Living" is well worth re-reading. Even in its simplicity it has a great deal to digest; I find something new each time.
The main premise of the book is that "feelings follow actions." The author emphasizes that we cannot control feelings, so we shouldn't feel guilty about them. Instead, we should strive to understand them...but only after we simply "take action."
The rest of the book provides phenomenal insight into why this strategy works, where the insights come from, and specifically addresses how to apply these concepts to situations such as grief, troubled romantic relationships, guilt, shyness, anxiety, and a handful of other serious, yet common emotional situations.
Without knowing it, I used a few of the strategies described in this book to overcome very serious health challenges about 20 years ago. David K. Reynolds, however, has helped me: identify *why* I was able to make myself healthy, articulate my experience to share with others, and brought many more healthy life strategies to my awareness. The magic is in the simplicity of taking small, yet deliberate actions to improve ourselves and not let ourselves fall to the mercy of life's whims.
You won't regret your investment of time or money in this wonderful life tool.
I discover the following issue with the book and there was no way to report it with the Amazaon.com online system.
Missing pages: 56-57-58-59. 75-76-77-78. The web site has a return and replacement process which requires that I pay for shipping the book and no way of knowing if the replacement book will have the same problem. The vendor is Kolowalu Books.
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