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I would, but MY DAMN MIND won't let me!: a teen's guide to controlling their thoughts and feelings (Words of Wisdom for Teens Book 2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  35 reviews
It’s not just the stress...

or the constant frustration…

…it’s the nonstop doubt and unhappiness.

In today’s world of social media distortion, teens face their toughest challenges yet. The battlefield is in the mind and they’re not prepared for the fight.

There’s good news…

Teen Confidence Expert, Jacqui Letran, is here to help. With a Masters of Science in Nursing and more tha
160 pages
Published September 28th 2016 (first published January 31st 2015)
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Toni Owen-Blue
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t usually like self-help books, I’m one of those obnoxious infuriating types who folds their arms and obstinately goes ‘I don’t need to be told to slow down and love myself, people bleat that at me all the time. Bah Humbug.’ However, I saw this Damn Mind book had some great reviews, and I’ve been trying to open up to more things lately – so since the author was offering a book swap I thought it a perfect opportunity to try something new, and I’m really glad I did.

If I had a teenage daughte
Jeremy Reddig
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must READ, and it's not just for teens!

When I read "The Unconscious mind always wins", I solidified my connection to this book and the author. She is credible and authoritative, and she truly understands that success comes from within as she has personally helped thousands of teens. My connection with the book started a couple pages in, because it relates to the book I wrote titled #ThePowerfulDay.

I wrote #ThePowerfulDay to share a method for living a healthy way of life on a daily basis.

Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Today’s teens are heavy working people in terms of anxiety. The have specific standards to follow, figures to fit, friends and followers to impress and satisfy, that it makes sense when they cannot sort out everyday life.

Jacqui Letran comes to bring an answer to their questions on how to make their brain cooperate! Most common question these days is “Why Can’t You Just Control Yourself?” and teens are sick and tired of hearing it. It is not that they don
Joseph Wolfgram
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very easy to read, and packed with valuable information that will uplift, educate, and motivate any reader I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Jacqui Letran is a Nurse Practitioner with advanced training in Neuro Linguistic Programming and has many years of hands-on practical experience working with teens to assist them in overcoming many challenges. This teen self help book is written using real-life case studies that will resonate with readers of all ages, but speaks most specifically ...more
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I Would, but My Damn Mind Won't Let Me!, by Jacqui Letran, is a book written to help young girls unlock the tools to overcome many of the mental hurdles which frequently present challenges for teens. Letran helps readers understand how the mind can often send confusing (and sometimes detrimental) signals as a means of protecting one's-self from pain. The author breaks down the root causes of many mental obstacles which can often seem insurmountable while providing solutions for long-term stabili ...more
Sean Tompkins
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well written guide to beginning to understand how to use cognitive therapy to overcome depression, anxiety, and develop good life skills. It's written so that both teens and adults can understand it, and gives very good explanations of both WHAT works and WHY. It's very simple first steps - it's not a complete guide - but explains things so well that I do recommend it for anyone dealing with these types of issues. ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. The author's style is very easy to read and to the point. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about themselves and where their thoughts and feelings come from. I would love to see more case studies. Those were really interesting and helps me to understand the book even better. ...more
Anne Rainbow
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As per my rview on amazon: I wish I'd read this 50 years ago. My inner child has a lot to learn! ...more
Réal Laplaine
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would, but my DAMN MIND won’t let me! by Jacqui Letran, is a brilliant piece of work, a simple, provocative and insightful education on the mind, how it works and how it affects our lives. Don’t let the title fool you, this is a serious and well-developed presentation, providing an understanding of the principles of the mind, and how our subconscious mind records our own beliefs, usually formed at a young age, and how these beliefs about ourselves and the world, can come back to haunt us in wa ...more
Janeen Brown
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book every teen should read (and their parents too)! Ms. Letran does an excellent job of not only explaining how the teen brain functions, but what can be done about the barrage of emotion, self-limiting thought and confusion. She skillfully illustrates simple steps to transition any teen from self-depreciation to confidence, in a way that anyone can understand and immediately implement. I was especially impressed with her case studies, which I felt an instant connection to. Having raised two ...more
Connie Huddleston
Jacqui Letran markets her books for teens. As I mother, I know from experience that the teen years are difficult for many. As I read Jacqui’s book for this review, I also saw how it might help may young adults and even older adults suffering from self doubt and depression. Jacqui’s book is much better than many self-help guides in that it provides direct instructions on how to change your thinking. With many teens being reluctant to or unable to obtain counseling, I believe this book can bring a ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
Written for teens but very relevant for adults of all ages. This self-help book opens your mind to all the possibilities available to you at your on control. A must-read for parents of teens, or anyone else, with anxiety or self-doubt. Long enough to get the point across, short enough not to overwhelm. Nice work Ms.Letran!
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read. Good info for anyone wanting to learn to reframe their thoughts. Not as brilliantly groundbreaking as I hoped, but useful.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Would, But My Damn Won’t Let Me is a great book. There were many different aspects of the book that were helpful. It's informational, yet very entertaining which is why I enjoyed reading it so much. Letran did a great job of explaining everything with specific details and examples. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs some positive reinforcement in their lives. I give this book 5/5 stars. -Carley Underwood

Gayle Pace
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenagers, self-help
Being a teen can be the worse time in their lives, or they think it is. Things are changing so much. Physically, mentally, emotionally, they are being faced with so much pressure. They don't understand what is happening and don't know how to deal with it. They feel that life is so against them along with their parents and everyone around them. They are faced with difficult choices and so much peer pressure. They feel they can't and never will be happy.

Ms. Letran has written an easy t
Ally Fell
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not normally drawn to nonfiction titles, but after reading this one, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand more about how their brain and conscience work, and how to thus control them. It’s written with a younger audience in mind, with the intention to teach them how to handle their emotions; the second person perspective speaks directly to them, teaching about what they are going through and providing a helping hand. Rather than a textbook or lofty scientific journal, the ...more
Billy Buttons
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: I would but my DAMN MIND won’t let me!
Author: Jacqui Letran
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 17
Editing: 10/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 10/10
Of the 17 readers:
17 would read another book by this author.
17 thought the cover was good or excellent.
16 felt it was easy to follow.
17 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
6 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘her knowle
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I previewed this book to see if it would be good for my teen son. It definitely is, but it's also good for adults. I like the way the author explains the concepts of neuropsychology in a very understandable, but not overly simplistic, format.

After first educating about the concepts of the conscious and subconscious mind, belief systems, and how to changes those, she present four cases of teens confronting major emotional issues and how the concepts above were used to help them identify the sour
Candice Betty
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would highly recommend this book to all young women. This book stands out from other self-improvement books because it is an easy read and provides a clear message with examples. If you put it's message into action, this book that will have an impact on your thinking and your life.

Harnessing the power of your mind can be an abstract and elusive concept. Jacqui's writing style makes you feel like you're having a conversation with her, and her words guide you like a trusted friend.

If you have an
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated that the guidance in this book was so straightforward and easy to apply to everyday life. Letran offered simple steps for calming your mind and reprogramming it to recognize strengths instead of faults. The 60-second reader was a great way to recap and save the points of each section, and overall the book felt fluid and well-organized. Occasionally I wanted more details, such as with the concept of scrambling memories, but overall I would recommend this book to those who are ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice breakdown of basic psychology and tips to help promote a healthier, less anxious life. The author has a way of making everything relatable and easy to read, while remaining positive and uplifting. This self-help book is geared toward teens, but it contains information and helpful tips that would benefit anyone who is suffering from anxieties or negative thoughts.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive re
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wished this book was out when I was a teenager! With what teens go through in today's society this book is a great tool to read and use in everyday life! Well written with great information! If you're teen won't read it I suggest all parents read this book to help with raising teens. I know that this book has been very resourceful for myself and my husband with raising our own teens! ...more
Rara Siregar
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is highly recommended for every young adults. I like how Jacqui Letran choose the words. it's very easy to read and understand. I think this is the best book with an easy way to make up every teens mind! I adore you, Jacqui! ...more
Brianna York
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great self help book aimed at teens but helpful to me as well! A lot of my adult angst stems from teenaged insecurities and this book really helped suggest methods to handle these misconceptions and to deal with the past from a new and better perspective.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wellness, parenting
I picked this book up for my daughter and decided to read it as well. The language and writing style are concise and appropriate for teenagers. There are helpful suggestions and relevant analogies throughout the book. I believe it will help teens work through self doubt and low self esteem.
Susie Post-Rust
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great in the way it distinguished between our conscious and unconscious mind. It is written for teens, and my teen would be better off if he would read it!
Dec 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a drag.I forgot I had started reading it and decided too finish.I had no motivation at all.The book was boring and dull.I completely hated it.

1/5 stars because it was horrible,but they tried so 1 point 😐👍
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great title and worth the read

Great book. Interesting and easy reading and I use the imagery when I work with teens. I highly recommend it.
L. Hewitt
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was bowled over by I would, but my DAMN MIND won't let me!: A Teen's Guide to Controlling Their Thoughts and Feelings . ...more
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Jacqui Letran is an Award-Winning Author, Nurse Practitioner, and Teen Confidence Expert with over 20-years of experience guiding youth to optimal physical and mental health. Her multi-award-winning book series, Words of Wisdom for Teens has earned sixteen awards and is regarded as a "must-read" collection of books for teens and young adults struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety or depression.


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