Upon recommendation, I read this nearly every day for about 3 years (back in the mid-1990s). It really helped me overcome a lot of the dysfunctional b...moreUpon recommendation, I read this nearly every day for about 3 years (back in the mid-1990s). It really helped me overcome a lot of the dysfunctional beliefs I had at the time. It was a great comfort and helped make me a more healthy person. Now and then, I'd like to start reading it daily again, but the spine is completely broken. I may buy another copy.
A solid, grounded affirmations book for anyone in recovery.(less)
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom is truly a work of art. Over the past three years, I have been working on discovering myself through self-help book...moreAnam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom is truly a work of art. Over the past three years, I have been working on discovering myself through self-help books, 12-step programs, religious study, and personal introspection. This book summed up everything I have learned (the hard way) during this time, and presented it in a beautiful package that was invigorating and thought-provoking to read. It was a pure joy. I began reading it in January, and have only just finished it last night, because each sentance was a ponderable morsel. Sometimes I would read a phrase five times over in order to fully grasp and apply it's meaning to my life. This is not a 70 mph trip through the McDonald's drive-thru, this is a seven course meal in Vienna, and every bite demands that you hold it in your mouth to savor it.
Anam Cara is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. I plan to read it again in a year or so, because I know I will get new things out of it. I am already loaning it to a friend, and have a couple of others in mind I'd like to loan it to. I can't keep this from the ones I love. (Review written May 9th, 1998)(less)
The world seems filled with people who are outgoing and friendly. For those of us with an introvert personality type, it can seem a little overwhelmin...moreThe world seems filled with people who are outgoing and friendly. For those of us with an introvert personality type, it can seem a little overwhelming.
Introversion is often treated as a psychological abnormality, but in fact, it is just another personality type. The brain of an introvert is wired differently, which gives basic advantages as well as the apparent disadvantages. This book explains how.
It also goes into details about how to re-energize yourself, and how to stay sane when you simply must be around people past your limit.
If you suspect you may be an introvert, if you feel more comfortable and energized by spending a quiet evening at home, this book will help you understand yourself better. If you suspect someone you love is an introvert, the book is equally valuable.(less)
A good, basic, all-around self-help book. This one is a great start for anyone with unhealthy patterns and long strings of horrible relationships.
The...moreA good, basic, all-around self-help book. This one is a great start for anyone with unhealthy patterns and long strings of horrible relationships.
The original target audience for this book (and its concepts) were significant others of alcoholics. Yet many (including myself) have found the patterns of a codependent apply to anyone with unhealthy attachments to others.
At the time I read this, I was just getting out of a bad marriage. I was terribly depressed to the point of being near-non-functional. This book gave me some basic building blocks for climbing that first step towards sanity. I learned I didn't have to be absorbed by someone else to be happy. I learned I needed to take care of myself first, then others. It gave me the foundations I needed to enter healthy relationships, and eventually a happy life-partnership.
With a little imagination, the basic dynamics detailed in this book can also be seen in social dynamics of larger groups. The unhealthy clinging, manipulations, and drama that lead to petty infighting (in smaller groups) and political dysfunction (on a societal scale).(less)