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Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life

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The #1 New York Times bestselling advice guru, Dr. Phil McGraw, presents a practical and inspiring guide to overcoming life’s seven biggest crises.

Sooner or later, every adult faces a potentially devastating situation. Dealing with the stress of a traumatic event—whether it’s the loss of a loved one or a sudden illness—requires skills and insights very different to those u
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Free Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Samar Darwish
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
فى العام لم أُعطى الـ 5 نجوم الا كل حين
و لكن سطحية اراء الناس فى الكومنتات المعروضة مع ضخامة كتاب زى كتاب حياة حقيقة جعلنى مُتمسكة باعطاء التقييم كامل
دكتور فيل بالمامه و معلوماته و طريقة عرضه ليسوا بحاجة لتقييمى انا أو غيرى العمل الرائع يُقيم نفسه بنفسه
الكتاب اسمه حياة حقيقة هى فعلا كذلك و لكنها حياة للعقل
منْ من يعى و يُدرك كل هذه المعلومات و يسعى لتطبيقها و لم يصبح ذو عقل مُبهر و حياة رائعة ؟!!
الكتاب ميراث هائل لحياة أفضل
و عند قراءتى لكتاب أدون مُلاحظات و أفكار و أقتبس كلمات و جمل
من روعته
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A painful book to read ... hard work ... facing my nonsense, which is considerable!
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He's a hard man. Not my cup of tea, but I recognise that he's rendering a service.

I'm more 'tip-toe-through-the-tulips'.
Omnia Alsayed
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الفكرة بحد ذاتها غريبة .. الاستعداد للايام السبعة الاكثر صعوبة وكارثية في حياتك .. ورغم ان أيامك السبعة قد تكون مختلفة عن تلك التي ذكرها دكتور فيل الا أنك ولابد ستجد أياما متشابهة .. الفقد والموت والخسارة المالية وفقدان المعنى في الحياة ..
من أعظم فوائده علي أكتشافي أني أعاني أزمة وجودية .. بمجرد ان تعرف مشكلتك وأسمها وكونك لست وحدك فيها أنها موجودة منذ الازل .. مع تقديم حلول ممكنة لها .. تجدها تبدأ بالتلاشي ..
كن مستعدا بالكثير من المعلومات .. كن جاهزا بالخطة .. وستتجاوز الايام السبعة .. وستعود
Adam Tellesy
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
first book (Y) mission complete
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important read

Good information for oneself and people in your life. Appreciate the references and supplement sites at the end of the book.
Andrea Norton
Real Life ended up on my Top Reads of 2016 shelf. Like everything I've read this year, this isn't something I'd normally read. I am very adaptable and resilient, and I handle crisis situations easily and calmly - and then do the appropriate freak-out when it's over.

There are just some things you can't prepare for in life, and Dr. Phil hits on those situations. The biggest for me was loss - death, ending of friendships, things like that - as I am terrified to lose my parents and still grieving t
Denise Griffin
I thought it was a good read for someone who has experienced loss or health issues in their life (or other losses too). It may help them to not feel as alone in it or give them a place to relate and feel better about their situation or a past unfortunate time. I could relate to it myself very much and will share excerpts with others as well. He tells it like it is..that life is not all pleasant and can get pretty grilling at times we least expect. Even though it does seem a book to prepare one f ...more
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
When I started this bnook, I didn't think it was something I needed to read. Then I hit the chapter on Health and realized he was talking to me. I've felt pretty blue after my elbow replacement surgery, but Dr. Phil gave me hope and desire to become more active in the recovery process without being depressed over the loss of some flexibility. Other chapters were also good reminders about dealing with death, stress, fears, and loss. Overall, this was an interesting book, worth spending the time o ...more
Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Important to read his head-up advice to know what to expect in various life challenges. An early quote was good preparation: “Take care of you now because you will need all of you then.”
Two more quotes good enough to record: “Crises don’t make heroes, but they do cause people to be more of who they are. What does this crisis reveal about you?” “Research has shown journaling to be the most successful approach to learning how to adapt, probably because it’s a way your mind allows itself to adjust
Aasim Waheed
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I recommend this book is that Dr Phil touches some very-difficult-to-discuss topics and does a good job taking the reader through them. Eg how to deal with the loss of a loved one, what to expect, what to do and how to help other who are in this situation. I say this is the "only reason" because I didn't like the style of the book. After having read Life Strategies by same author, I thought this book wasn't given enough time, and could be summarized to roughly two-third the size; ...more
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one kejptmy interest. He talks about methods we can use to handle those crises in life that eventually come to all of us. Things like loss of a job, death, divorce. That's as far as Ive gotten so I am sure there is more to it, just don't know what it is yet.
I'm 'reading' the commercial audio version and it's very well done. More than one reader, which I think is part of what helps me stay interested.
Cathy Mescall
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Covers the topics most don't want to talk about and gives great insight as to how you can prepare for what life may or may not give you. Especially loved the chapter on keeping your power and how easily we give it away every day. This chapter has helped myself as well as my daughter in school and sports.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ان السبب فى شعورك بالضياع هو انك انتهكت حرمة حقيقتك الشخصية تلك التى تعبر عما تؤمن به حقا حين لا يكون هناك من يسمع او يرى وانك خنت ذاتك ال ابعد حد ممكن قد تشعر بان حياتك وعاء فارغ لان كل خيار اتخذته خلال هذه السنين لم يكن متسقا مع ماكنت عليه وآمنت به ,فاودى بك الى ما يشبه موتا للحقيقة فى داخلك وهنا تشعر بالفزع فتنظر ذات يوم بالمرآة وتقول
"لقد افسدت حياتى ولا الوم الا نفسى "
Mar 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Felicity by: Dr Phil on his show...
Actually a surprisingly good "self-help" book. Phil lays it out very basically in order for the information to be accessible to more people. A lot of it I skimmed through that I felt didn't apply to me at all, like the chapter on addiction, but the chapter on mental illness, although not news to me, was interesting and informative. Worth reading.
I really can't stand Dr Phil anymore, he's just too everywhere and too smug. But this book caught my eye on the library shelves and I must say there are some pearls of wisdom in here! Phil is spot on about facing difficulties and then getting back on track so you can enjoy your life to the fullest. A good read for anyone facing trying times of any kind.
Well, after all. This is TV's Dr. Phil. While the core is sound, I somewhat tire from the preachy and finger-pointing daddy-knows-best approach to living well. Honestly, if the only thing I have to depend on in life is me for strength and security, then I am in trouble.
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rose by: Saw Dr, Phil on Rachel Ray
I only wish I had read this book a few years ago. This book has something for EVERYONE, we will all face the 7 most challenges that Dr. Phil talks about. I am re-reading several chapters and plan on re-reading them until I know them by heart!
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: counseling
I only read the first few chapters because those were the only ones that interested me. It's typical Dr. Phil style, but he did have some good things to say especially regarding the attitude that you approach life with.
I did two CDs out of 9 total. It was real life scenarios and advice that is already known and taken; so I stopped early due to many reads I have to complete in a short time. (Due today back to the library).

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Ahmad Badghaish
كتاب سخيف الصراحة .. قرأت للمؤلف كتابين كانت رائعة, لكن هذا الكتاب ما ناسبني أبداً. الكتاب يتكلم عن 7 أيام مؤثرة في حياتك منها اليوم الذي تفقد فيه عزيز أو يعتريك الخوف وكيف تكون مستعدا لها, بالنسبة لي .. أعتقد بأني مستعد لمثل هذه الأيام قبل قراءة الكتاب ولذلك فضلت عدم إكمال النصف الأخير فيه
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book actually gave me some good advice on dealing with loss. I only wish that I had found it earlier. I would recommend everyone read this book because the advise it gives could help you through any number of issues you may or will experience.
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dr-phil
I love DR. Phil's down o earth, tell it like it is attitude and this book didn't fail to live up to his style unlike his shows have been. I love they way he closed the book off on a positive note. Definitely worth the read!
J Crossley
In this book, Dr. Phil McGraw helps to navigate your through the challenging times of your life.
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great ideas for life
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Not as good as the others; but good just the same. I do enjoy his insight, and stories.
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I only read the sections I was interested in
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a very good book with lots of practical ideas.
Oct 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone struggling w/ anything
Recommended to Missy by: Robin (jk)
He's still my #3 man, bald head and all. Oh, the book was excellent-as always.
Sep 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars-books
I really want to read it soon! Even I just read it's description only, looks like it's so awesome.
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book highly recommend it too anyone. Unfortually I had to return it to the library couldn't renew it any more. But this one is going on my going to buy list for sure!
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Phillip Calvin McGraw, best known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, psychologist and author who is the host of the psychology themed television show Dr. Phil. He gained celebrity status following appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
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