Combining basic principles of classical psychology with Eastern-based religious philosophies, Duvinsky provides an interesting approach to healthy living.
Duvinsky combines various elements of psychology, Buddhist teachings and even components of martial arts to form a treatment that he claims can promote physical and mental well-being. The author contends that the human desire to control situations and emotions engenders most common psychological issues. His process to avoid this psychological unease involves imagining losing control and allowing the resulting emotions to emerge unchecked. The book is written for the layperson, but without familiarity with the terms used in the book, the text can quickly become confusing. Fortunately, the guide begins with a glossary. Each chapter describes a particular problem—control, fear, anger, shame, the last a construct not often mentioned by therapists—and presents topical case studies. Every chapter provides concrete exercises, allowing the reader to put theory into practice. The case studies are of particular note, providing insight and clarity to the author’s methodologies. They are also entertaining. When a professor, suffering from a fear of public speaking came to the author. His dilemma was traced back to an incident in his childhood when he was forced to push a wheelbarrow of pig manure through his village. By reliving this event in exquisite detail and facing his fear and shame, he was finally able to rid himself of it. Throughout the book, the author quotes from and explains how his methods derive from various psychological constructs and belief systems.
Educates and entertains via psychological insight and sardonic humor.