STORYJACKING by Lyssa Danehy deHart


Change Your Inner Dialogue, Transform Your Life
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A refreshingly creative debut that focuses on taking control of one’s life.

Life coach deHart lays out a contemporary method for achieving “self-awareness and self-mastery”; she calls it “StoryJacking,” a clever term that might suggest elevating one’s own life story or, potentially, “hijacking” one’s thinking to shift “internal dialogue.” Each of the four sections—“You are Whole,” “You are Capable,” “You are Resourceful,” and “You are Creative”—contains brief chapters with lots of positive, empowering messages interlaced with exercises, analogies, and numerous examples from the author’s experience coaching clients. The first section explores broad concepts, such as the psyche and how the mind works, and enumerates the StoryJacking steps. Section 2 explores self-actualization through visualization, making choices, expanding awareness, and “archetypes” that are “characters in our internal story.” In the third section, deHart encourages readers to create a personal story using tools that are clearly introduced and described, like the “Locus of Control” and the “Emotional Distress Road Map.” The final section, the shortest, reinforces the flexibility of the tools and discusses creative approaches to StoryJacking. Throughout, deHart gently prods and at times exhorts readers to take control of their stories, noting that “the hardest thing that you will ever do is get out of your own way.” This is typical of her candid, perceptive counsel; the best advice is neatly enclosed in her self-proclaimed “super-secrets of the universe”; for example, “The longest and most intimate relationship you will have in your entire life is the one you will have with yourself.” DeHart’s breezy style and natural storytelling skills keep things moving along.

Heady, insightful content packaged in a nonthreatening, engaging manner; includes ample opportunity for the dedicated reader to consider life-altering directions.

Pub Date: May 5th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-944335-31-1
Page count: 350pp
Publisher: Girl+Dog Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2017


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