The Gift of Our Compulsions: A Revolutionary Approach to Self-Acceptance and Healing

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New World Library, Jan 1, 2009 - Psychology - 335 pages
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Everyone is compulsive to some degree. People may worry too much, work too hard, or overindulge in food or alcohol or drug use. Once a compulsion is admitted, the usual option is to try to control the behavior. But this effort typically ends with the problem returning, or a new one taking its place.
In this book based on three decades of research and teaching, Mary O'Malley has crafted a new approach, with simple exercises and techniques and an inspiring tone. People are compulsive for a reason, she says, and by observing the things they are compulsive about and engaging those compulsions, readers can begin to understand them and change their actions around them. The book's exercises help readers in the engagement process by teaching them to ask the right questions and shows why lasting healing comes from being curious rather than controlling, and self-acceptance comes through forgiveness, not shame.
  

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Thoroughly impressive so far. Among reams of self help books this one really stands out from the crowd. The writing is clear, powerful, and original. Only a few chapters into it so far, so we'll see. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Mary O'Malley is a member of the Poetry Council for Ireland. She is the author of Where the Rocks Float, The Knife in the Wave, Asylum Road, and The Boning Hall.

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