Perspective : The Calm Within the Storm
Overview - How we see the world and ourselves is more important than what we see or have. Our perspectives are what matter. Classic wisdom literature has emphasized this for generations and clinical psychology has followed suit from its inception. In essence, living with a healthy perspective is truly tantamount to possessing the proverbial "psychological pearl of great price." Knowing this, Robert J. Read more...
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How we see the world and ourselves is more important than what we see or have. Our perspectives are what matter. Classic wisdom literature has emphasized this for generations and clinical psychology has followed suit from its inception. In essence, living with a healthy perspective is truly tantamount to possessing the proverbial "psychological pearl of great price." Knowing this, Robert J. Wicks, world-renowned psychologist and author of Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, has assembled and offered readers the most current and powerful approaches to discovering and regaining a balanced, healthy perspective that modern psychology has to offer. In Perspective, Wicks combines top research with classic wisdom, providing accessible, practical advice to his readers. In a lively tone, he guides them through strategies on: -Understanding how the psychology of gratitude and happiness can help you perceive the beneficial things already in your life -Seeing yourself more completely through the lens of cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and narrative therapy -Overcoming resistances to openness so that beneficial, needed change becomes more possible -Following a reflective regimen that can help you maintain a healthy perspective each day Wicks reveals that gaining a healthy, positive perspective will help us become the calm within the storm. Our newfound perspective will enable us to enjoy enriching experiences, maintain balance, and reach out to others without being pulled down in the process.
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Where Wicks's previous work, Bounce, aimed to teach readers tools and habits to weather bad events, his latest is a collection of personal accounts and moments from historical "wisdom literature." The purpose is to show readers how to maintain an optimistic "inner space" in order to appreciate their good days and better endure their bad ones. The "perspective" of the title is, for Wicks, inseparable from a more familiar concept—mindfulness. The book finds more success in exploring the cultural realm of quiet spaces through poetry and literature than it does at providing actual step-by-step guidance, but it features thorough end-of-chapter questions and exercises designed to both start a practice of mindfulness meditation while incorporating a more contemplative outlook in daily life. Exercises in gratitude as well as responsibility attempt to give readers a more complete picture of themselves—not one marked by over-optimism or self-condemnation, but by emotional "intrigue" and curiosity, compassion, and peace. Wicks's writing comes alive when he focuses on his patients and their experiences, and renders in intimate terms the warmth and faith he expresses towards his readers. (Mar.)