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Choices and Illusions: How Did I Get Where I Am, and How Do I Get Where I Want to Be?

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  25 reviews
This fascinating book holds an important key. Whether you’re interested in the science of thinking and beliefs, how your own mind works, how others control your thoughts, why things just don’t work out in your life, how you can create the life you’ve always wanted, or on a grander scale, how you can help make the world a better place, Choices and Illusions provides insight ...more
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Published June 1st 2007 by Hay House
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Stuart Aken
Jan 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I received a free copy of this book for review from one of the team supporting the author, otherwise I would never have come across the book, let alone read it.
It’s one of thousands of similar volumes ostensibly designed to offer ‘self-help’ or ‘self-development’ but, in reality more akin to an elaborate catalogue aimed at selling more of the author’s works in the same line, some of them extremely pricey. As is frequently the case with such stuff, the book begins with pages and pages of ‘endorse
Gordon Long
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
An Infomercial Posing as a Self-Help Book
I was given a free copy of this book so that I could write this review. Yeah, I know people usually tack that disclaimer on at the bottom. But I’m starting out with it to demonstrate that I was approached by the usual channels to do a legitimate review of what I assumed was a legitimate book. It turns out such is not the case. And that’s too bad, because for the first bit, it is a pretty good self-help book.
Eldon Taylor goes to a great deal of time and tr
Darcia Helle
Eldon Taylor shares research and stories with us proving that we have the illusion of choice, when in fact our subconscious mind has already decided for us. Our thought processes, decisions, and behaviors are often driven by biases and beliefs of which we might be completely unaware. To complicate matters, we are all too easily influenced by subliminal messages within advertising that we are besieged with each and every day. Consequently, the inner voice directing us might not be completely our ...more
Heidi The Reader
Choices and Illusions is a new age, self help title that examines the role of the mind in our life. Chapter 4 "Psychological Defense Mechanisms" was the most interesting and disturbing to me. The advertisement for the drink and the sexual embeds changed the way that I view advertising- probably forever. Taylor makes it clear that your mind has power and, even if you don't utilize it, other people will. The end of the book devolved into personal recommendations for his hundreds of InnerTalk progr ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب عبارة عن تسويق لمنتجه ومدح لنفسه ماعدا ذلك افكار مكرره ومشوشه وغير واضحه
Stanley McShane
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
From the hype promoted for "Choices and Illusions-How Did I Get Where I am, and How Do I Get Where I Want to Be?," I guess I expected some innovative breakthrough, or influential psychological studies that would drive home a solution, albeit not without real conscious or subconscious work on the behalf of the reader. This is an entire book that could basically be summed up in two words: "Own it." Take responsibility for yourself is a strong mantra repeated throughout, and probably learned by mos ...more
Olga Sotomayor
Choices and Illusions
By: Eldon Taylor Ph.D.
Copyright 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4019-4338-7

Eldon Taylor author of “Choices and Illusions” is an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of over 300 books, audio, and video programs. He is the inventor of the patented InnerTalk technology and the founder and President of Progressive Awareness Research, Inc. “Choices and Illusions” offers the reader insight into the subconscious mind and how it dictates behavior, often without the awareness of the co
Greyceeh Guevarra
Sep 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all of my friends
Choices and Illusions shows you how to activate the immense power of your mind and create the life of your dreams.

We are living at a time where people are searching for answers to fundamental questions in their lives and this book can be, if applied, a roadmap to personal enlightenment and empowerment. I believe it can 'tune in' the frequency your currently operating on... or more importantly, help you to see that you can manifest a change.

Choices and Illusions holds an important key. Whether y
I received Eldon Taylor’s latest release, Choices and Illusions: How Did I Get Where I Am, and How Do I Get Where I Want to Be? free from Hay House Publishing for review. The material was so compelling and inspirational, that I finished the book in one day.

“Most people hold beliefs that are mutually exclusive…At some point in their lives, the conflicting beliefs challenge one another.” The author supports this notion with an analogy he uses concerning most people’s desire to become millionaires
Andy Nieradko
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eldon Taylor's new book Choices and Illusions is a fascinating study of the human mind. It goes beyond what most motivational or inspirational leaders teach. If you are a person who is serious about improving some area of your life, you'll benefit greatly from Choices and Illusions. By focusing on how the mind relates to perceptions and behaviors, the reader is educated in the how and why it can be difficult to change. Some of this is heady stuff. I found myself having to reread sections, severa ...more
Ryshia Kennie
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The human mind is extremely complex as Eldon Taylor again demonstrates in his latest book, “Choices and Illusions”. Richly written, Eldon takes us on a journey into the power of the mind. While no book on the mind can be anything but complex, Eldon softens the depth of the information with strategically placed tales and stories that entertain as well as teach.

Do minds communicate with each other – is the basis of creativity more a group activity than an individual one? R. D. Laing
Quotes like th
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
It's not often that I pick up a non-fiction book. Why? Because I don't like to be told that I'm doing something wrong. Who does?

Still, the premise of this book intrigued me, and I decided to give it a try. It's not lightly that I say it's one of the best self-help books I've read.

With a caring voice, Eldon Taylor helps you recognize how you are programming your own mind, usually in the wrong way. By believing in negative thoughts, by setting limitations dictated by what culture calls "possib

Amy Shannon
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This audio book was something spectacular. You can read the book or listen to it, and i recommend listening to it. The tone and inflection helps lend to the basis of the story. It teaches us how the mind works and how knowing that can help the reader relate to his or her own life. It's well written and well thought out. It's all about choices and I recommend making the choice to read/listen to this book.
Oct 03, 2008 rated it liked it
This was a quick, enlightening read. Made me think about the interconnectedness of all the beings in the universe. Made me remember how much control we each have over our lives: our reactions to events, our interactions with others, our perceptions of good and bad. The biggest kick in my pants was over the idea of "bad fortune cookie keepers" - the people in our livings who seem to thrive off of whining and melodrama. I find it's so easy to fall into that "woo is me" mindset... it's the modern A ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was relatively recently that I came across Eldon Taylor’s work and I must say that I have enjoyed both his writing style as well as the information that he presents. In this book, Choices and Illusions, Eldon once again relies on his vast knowledge of the mind and his own personal inquisitiveness to present information that the reader can use to analyze their own thought patterns and ultimately improve the quality of their lives. Eldon discusses numerous topics related to the mind in a manner ...more
Kate Hyde
Sep 24, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a very interesting book, and well worth reading. It seems to cover a lot of subject matter, and while I see how it all fits together in the big picture, the book does seem to jump around a little. The author goes back and forth between personal stories and very scientific explanations. I wasn't as interested in the specific science as I was in the stories, but it was good that both were included. By the end of the book, it seems like the author is just trying to sell you on his sublimina ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Choices and Illusions weeds through years of research to champion mental fitness. The content is generous, presented in neutralizing stories, physiological models, modest examples and products such as, validated Innertalk therapies. The elephant example, along with the ‘Good Luck, Bad Luck…who knows’ short story and the ‘storing cortisol’ enlightenment were some of my personal favorites.

Anyone interested in inner-mind relations, or those studying disciplines with the intent to help others get ou
Carli Malcolm
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it

Well for the most part ive enjoyed this book, though I am not in any way shape or form religious so the god talk I skipped over..... Boringgggg. But I'd be extremely interested to get my hands on the audits of in retaliation, sounds fascinating. I have a very healthy inner talk anyway but still with some issues I struggle. I'd give it a go for sure
Amy Jolley
This books holds a wealth of information about the choices one makes in their lifetime and how postive thinking can help you reach your highest potential. It's never too late to be happy and successful despite your past actions. ...more
Oct 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Similar to the Law of Attraction books in the basic concept: we have control over our lives. Does a bit more to explain how the brain works in coming to conclusions and where we get tripped up in working toward our goals.
Jenni Webb
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
For me the part about "how do I get where I want to be" (as suggested on the cover)was lacking. ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read, a helpful book for anybody in any situation. I want to give one to all of my friends.
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Eldon Taylor has made a lifelong study of the human mind and has earned doctoral degrees in psychology and metaphysics. He is a Fellow with the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) and a nondenominational minister.

Eldon was a practicing criminalist for over ten years while completing his education. He supervised and conducted investigations, and testing to detect deception. His earliest work w

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