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Your Erroneous Zones

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The first book by Wayne Dyer, author of the multimillion-copy bestseller Pulling Your Own Strings and national bestsellers There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem and Wisdom of the Ages, a positive and practical guide to breaking free from the trap of negative thinking and enjoying life to
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 5th 1993 by HarperTorch (first published August 1976)
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Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
honestly, I don't know why it received a 3 star rating. This book changed my outlook! Dyre teaches us that Approval seeking is engrained in our culture. Some feel guilt and shame and are constantly seeking approval doubting themselves and not being able to decide or process their feelings to acheive compromise or a rational result. They value peoples opinions more than they value their own especially if those people they seek approval of are close and important to them. This develops at a very y ...more
Ypatios Varelas
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Many people will hate me for my review, others will be puzzled. But it can save your life. Literally. This book is a fine example of how (literally) dead wrong a guru with no scientific knowledge can be on his ideas and beliefs, which however seam nice and adorable and people follow them with no further research.

There are many, many false ideas, assumptions, conclusions that violate human physiology and how our mind works (which can also affect our health!), such as
- Our thoughts create our fee
Caitlin Da Silva
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
YOUR ERRONEOUS ZONES by Wayne W. Dyer is a book that challenges you to question your emotional habits. Each chapter tackles a different erroneous zone (I.e. self-destructive behaviour) and walks through why the way we ALWAYS respond to situations isn’t necessarily the BEST way to respond to situations— even if the responses are ones that we as a collective label “normal.” Some of these erroneous zones include seeking approval from others, living in the past, feeding guilt/worry, perfectionism, t ...more
Jenny Baker
The audiobook is only an hour and a half, because it's abridged, but it's packed full of helpful information. Here are my favorite points:

We have control of our feelings. We have the choice of how we process other people's opinion. Esteem lies within you, not in other people. That's why it's called self-esteem.

"As you think, so shall you be."

"You are what you think about all day long."

If you put a label on yourself such as "I am..." and your label becomes your reality, then you're acting on tha
Mark Young
Aug 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-non-fiction
I admit to being skeptical of this book before I began. I needed a non-fiction book of some sort to balance my reading diet, and this one had somehow found its way into our bedroom and been staring at me from the dresser for--well, I suspect several years--so I decided I would at least see what it said. I expected it to be a lot of psychobabble pablum of little value. It was so much worse than that.

It hit me wrong twice within the first few pages. First, it made the argument that since we are mo
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mariam by: Ez Eziza
This book just makes a lot of sense. It completely blew my mind! Herein, Dyer presents us with a completely different paradigm, a new lens from which to look at ourselves and the world. He introduces very many fundamental principles on right living, most of which we are already aware of, but unwilling to apply or fear the consequences of doing so - being that we live in a society wherein we are constantly bombarded on a daily basis with hundreds of cultural messages that encourages us to obey, t ...more
Jul 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, 2009
I love Wayne Dyer so when I was helping my MIL clear out and organize her huge book collection and found this old gem, I asked if I could have it. Let me tell you, it does not disappoint. Written in 1976 and his first book, it reads like he wrote it last week. Straight forward and real, this book will hit home for everyone! I'm going slow and learning, learning. ...more
Regina Andreassen
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Fantastic! I read it when I was still a teen and then I have read it again a few years ago. The best book of its kind. All those new cheesy, overly simplistic authors who are proclaming they 'know how to find happiness and will take you there'and are now at Harvard delivering subjects on 'Happiness', should probably learn from Dyer. That said, Dyer's writing style has changed and I don't enjoy his actual work as much as I enjoyed his early work...but I don't buy 'happiness' books anymore, anyway
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Your Erroneous Zones is simply one of the greatest self-help books ever written. For people just beginning to read self-help or spiritual books, this book is a great place to start. It is nearly imperative that if one reads any book by Dr. Wayne Dyer that they start with this book. By reading his books in order of copyright, the amazing shift in his philosophy and interests over the years can be witnessed.

Dr. Dyer has written so many books, but important books to follow with this one are "Pulli
"Psychotherapist Albert Ellis wrote that Dyer's book Your Erroneous Zones was probably "the worst example" of plagiarism of Ellis' Rational Emotive Therapy (RET). In a 1985 letter to Dyer, Ellis claimed that Dyer had participated in an Ellis workshop on RET before he published Your Erroneous Zones, in which Dyer appeared to understand RET very well. Ellis added that "300 or more people have voluntarily told me... that [the book] was clearly derived from RET." Dyer never apologized nor expressed ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
While the ideas were revolutionary back in 1976 when it was first published. Today this kind of ideas have been over exploited and is difficult to judge based on who published his book first, who has the better system or who goes into more detail.

The true thing is that no matter who you like or how many self-help books you read. Is until you give it a try and start living by these ideas that you'll notice how you are actually and truly able to accomplish whatever you want.
Jun 13, 2010 is currently reading it
90 percent of our happiness is our own reaction to things and only 10 percent what happens to us.

I like this book. I don't agree with all of it but I like it. Good, positive message.
Tara Brabazon
May 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is O.K. It attempts to correct and manage a culture of excuses. It is a book about the self - about how the individual can activate thoughts and agency to transform their life. The problem is that the book is a context-free zone. In other words, no matter what an individual may experience, it can be changed by thinking differently about it.

Unfortunately, this is an inaccurate assumption. Certainly, there are solid elements of self empowerment in this book. But the understanding of powe
Grigoria Pontiki
It's a really amazing book that changed the way I think and act in many aspects of my life. I thought that I didn't like self-help books but this book learnt me in many ways that I should get out of my comfort zone. I think that anyone should read it at least once in his/her life. I will read it again for sure. ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Its life changing book, i enjoyed, i was/am in losing personality state thats why it kind of helped me.
This is the very first "inspirational" or "personal growth" book I read. I read it when I was a senior at the University of Miami and I was taking an inter-personal communications course, and we were required to give a presentation on a book that may have changed our life in some way. I absolutely loved this book, and to this day I still love Wayne Dyer's philosophy. I think a lot of the information in this book may be outdated now (or maybe not), but Wayne has written so many books since this o ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, reviewed, psychology
This book was a hot topic when it hit the shelves in the mid ‘70s. I remember some people saying it was no big deal, the ideas in it were just common sense but for a number of us it was revolutionary. Looking back now I realize those reactions were gender based. Approval seeking, guilt, and dependence, which are covered in the book, were a big part the expected behaviors for women back then but not for the men who thought the book just stated the obvious.

Now on rereading it, I’m seeing it clear

Aug 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Read one Dyer, you've read them all. Only my opinion, Chopra and Dyer were simply another life phase I was going through. I no longer find either of relevance. And, yes that is the best I can do, (notice how memorable they are).

Claudia Ossa
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Terrible title. Life changing book if you are open.
Ryan Goodyear
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Though sometimes overly colloquial in comparisons and prose, really good expose on the various ways that different neurosis are baked into culture an exacerbated by others. Explores the "psychological dividends" (fantastic term) of each neurosis.

My gems:

--"We have many sayings with the built-in message that you are not responsible for how you feel."
--"There’s no reason to choose to feel unworthy, just because there are things about yourself that you’re going to improve"
--"The push to achieve co
Anna of Mleczna River
Jul 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: psychological
WARNING - a bitter summary.

I saw once a tattoo on someone's arm saying:
Fuck the rest, I'm the best.
Basically that's the best summary of the book.

The book is 300 pages LONG!

I don't remember how many times I snoozed while reading this book. The content is super long for something that could be said just in a few words: live in the moment and follow your own rules by simply not caring about what others think of you and not being so uptight about cultural and societal norms. Amen to this.

Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Nothing new for me but may have application to someone else. Good idea that we can affect change, regardless of how we feel about it. I disagree that we can become anything we want to be. No, we can’t. I could never become a professional opera singer in a major opera house. I could train like one and sing my heart out but my voice quality will never qualify me for the top echelons of singing excellence. Nor could I pump out 10 more children. Well, maybe I could but I’m pretty darn sure my inside ...more
Flesh Baby
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do not agree with some of this mans thinking, but it has helped me to find ways to alleviate anger and frustration. My aunt let me borrow this book about 2 years ago, longest it's ever taken me to read a book, I don't like self help books or non fiction... Escaping negative thinking and taking control of your life and emotions may seem far fetched and I feel like a dork for even saying this book helped me at all, but Dr. Wayne W. Dryer has very good points and helpful hints. All in all its on ...more
Christopher Cavanaugh
Your Erroneous Zones are waiting to be healed!

Dr. Wayne Dyer does a masterful job of bluntly outlining those icky emotional areas we all struggle with and then telling you, you pretty much have all of them. Ha.
Eye opening
Though provoking
Great for those brave enough to journey into their off limit spaces.
I read this book back in the ‘70s and, it not only changed my life, I credit it with having saved my life. It put me finally on the path of undoing the traumatic effects of a toxic family, toward the possibility of building a healthy life for myself.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I think everyone could benefit from reading this book. It helps you to notice your unhealthy thought patterns and discusses the root of why you think that way. If you feel you need help with negative thinking then this book will help you so much. If you just have an interest in psychology, you'll find this book very interesting. Each chapter discusses a different erroneous zone (ex. anger, procrastination, guilt) and offers steps you need to take to rid yourself of that behaviour. I plan on reco ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sep 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
I will never touch any self-help book again!
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have known about this book forever-- can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading it! Gotta love Wayne Dyer! ...more
Claudia Leal
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love the book. The challenge is to apply the lessons.
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Wayne Walter Dyer was a popular American self-help advocate, author and lecturer. His 1976 book Your Erroneous Zones has sold over 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling books of all time. It is said to have "[brought] humanistic ideas to the masses".

He received his D.Ed. degree in counseling from Wayne State University. He was a guidance counselor in Detroit at the high school level and

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