Discover and unlearn old responses that one inappropriately applies to new situations.
Gail Saltz, the author of Becoming Real, makes it clear as a bell how some of life's basic experiences can propel us to become involved in a pattern of situations that are harmful to us such as relationships that cannot possibly work out. With the clear insight of Gail Saltz into why my marriage and other relationships have been far from successful, I now see what I can change to make my life different instead of making the same mistakes over and over and over and over! I feel so much more hopeful of the future and feel much kinder toward myself and more understanding toward others who have been involved in my life. I now know how to behave differently to get different results. I now have more control of my future. The book, Becoming Real, may appear to be more geared to women than men, but the main points Gail Saltz makes apply equally to men and women.
About Becoming Real by
Gail Saltz From Publishers Weekly
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Gail Saltz, M.D. is assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill-Cornell School of Medicine. She appears every other week on the Today show and has a monthly column in Glamour magazine. Dr. Saltz practices psychiatry in New York City.
Becoming Real Book Description
The Today show psychiatrist shows readers how to stop living half a life, break old patterns, and take control.
The key to having fulfilling relationships, experiencing a satisfying work life, being authentic, confident, and comfortable with yourself is simple, says Gail Saltz, M.D. The stories we told ourselves as children to make sense of the world around us are the cause of most of our adult problems. Becoming Real illustrates how to find those stories and rewrite them so that we can be free of the past, of repeating history, and start down the road to taking control, being stronger, and having the best relationships of our lives.
Emotional pain and difficulty mean that a story you told yourself as a child about how life should be and about who you are isn't working anymore. It's a story that looks like the truth, but it's not-myths like these: "I can't depend on anyone but myself." "There must be something wrong with me that no one stays around." "People don't give me the credit I deserve."
You'll know a story is holding you back if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms: having outbursts of anger out of proportion to the cause; repeating behaviors you don't like in spite of your determination never to repeat them; repeatedly dating or marrying the wrong person; never being happy with your work.
Becoming Real demonstrates how to recognize and defeat the stories that keep us from being happy and prevent us from having fulfilling relationships in our personal lives and at work.