A Course in Happiness: Mastering the 3 Levels of Self-Understanding That Lead to True and Lasting Contentment (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 26, 2008 - Self-Help - 304 pages
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"Wise counsel from one of America's most respected psychiatrists." -Irvin Yalom, author of Staring at the Sun and When Nietzsche Wept, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University



For many, getting in touch with that elusive thing called "happiness" is rarely simple—and achieving any kind of lasting happiness can feel like an insur­mountable challenge. Perhaps what we need is an education on the subject . . . A Course in Happiness. In this book, Mardi Horowitz draws on more than forty years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist to provide readers with just this.

According to Dr. Horowitz, happiness is essentially a by-product of self-knowledge; in order to be happy, we need to understand who we truly are. In A Course in Happiness, he details a deeply rewarding course in mastering the three levels of self-understanding that underlie happiness:

Integration: the ability to assemble all the pieces of one's self into a whole, complete, understood, and respected "me."

Intimacy: the capacity to remain closely connected to the warmth of relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and others in a social community.

Integrity: the insight to know which of one's values are most dear and which are lower in priority—and then to be true to what is the most important, even in the midst of conflict.

A Course in Happiness offers a road map for achieving genuine and lasting contentment.




  

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Takes two readings, one swift and interesting, and one doing some thinking and feeling, but worth it many times over.

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I thought this book provided a lot of useful information, especially about interpersonal relationships and how to view reality realistically and make the best of your situation. I need to apply a lot of the lessons I've heard in this book and elsewhere. Read full review

Contents

THE ROAD TO SELFDISCOVERY
TELLING MY TRUTH
FINDING CLARITY
THE KEY PRINCIPLES
OUT OF THE BLUE
THE MAJOR TOOLS
THE VALUE OF GOALS
THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE INBETWEEN
Teaching Points
SHOOTING HERSELF IN THE FOOT
ACCEPTING THE UNACCEPTABLE
WORKING THROUGH A SENSE OF UNACCEPTABLE BETRAYAL
TRAPPED BY THE PAST
HOLDING ON TO HURT
MOVING ON
BOB AND TEDS DISAPPOINTING VENTURE

A COMMITTEE OF SELVES
GETTING REAL ABOUT THE SELF
IDENTIFYING YOUR SELFSCHEMAS
STEERING A STEADY COURSE
ALL GROWN UP WITH TEENAGE DREAMS
EMBRACING AMBIVALENCE
Teaching Points
BEGINNING YOUR LINE OF QUESTIONING
FACING THE FUTURE
GETTING FREE OF THE PAST
AVOIDANCE
DIRECTED THINKING AND GETTING TO KNOW YOURSELF
Teaching Point
LET STRESS BE YOUR MOTIVATION
THINKING IT THROUGH
THE DAILY GRIND
OVERCOMING SETBACKS
THE ART OF OVERCOMING SETBACKS
REALISTIC THINKING AND AUTHENTIC HOPE
CENTERING DECENTERING AND RECENTERING
THE CASE OF MARY
THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Teaching Points
THE CYCLE OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS
DEVELOPING A CAPACITY FOR INTIMACY
OVERCOMING ADOLESCENT TRAUMA
CLARIFYING PERSONAL BOUNDARIES
GAINING A FRESH VIEW
LONELINESS AND A MIDLIFE NEED FOR CONNECTION
ROLERELATIONSHIP MODELS
ATTITUDES
WATCHING YOUR BACK
Teaching Points
FIRST LESSONS IN SORTING VALUES
CAUGHT IN A MORAL DILEMMA
MAINTAINING SELFRESPECT
THE RELATIVITY OF VALUES
A WORD ABOUT LOVE
BUILTIN GUILT BELOW THE RADAR
Teaching Points
KEY MEMORIES
REGAINING HAPPINESS
GETTING PAST FIRST RATIONALIZATIONS
A SUDDEN AND SUBTLE LAPSE OF JUDGMENT
Teaching Points
SHAME AND BLAME
THE SELFRIGHTEOUS ZONE
THE HELPLESS HOPELESS ZONE
FRAGILITY INDECISIVENESS AND PROCRASTINATION
GAINING PERSPECTIVE
STATES OF MIND
MOMENTARY CONFUSED STATES AS AN OBSTACLE
Teaching Points
BEREAVEMENT
AGING AND DISABILITY
FACING THE INEVITABLE
STEERING THROUGH TRANSITION
SHIFTING SANDS OF TIME AND SELF
Teaching Points
METHODS FOR WORKING ON A HARD TOPIC
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About the author (2008)

Mardi Horowitz, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as the director of the Center on Stress and Personality at the Langley Porter Psychiatric institute. A recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Fund Prize, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and many other honors, he has written numerous professional books and articles. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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