Breaking Point: Why Women Fall Apart and how They Can Re-create Their Lives

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Times Books, 1997 - Social Science - 403 pages
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"We're all familiar with the feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed; what Dr. Beck's book makes clear is that the way society defines women's roles virtually guarantees we'll be pushed toward the breaking point. Dr. Beck describes the five phases of reaching the breaking point, how it feels at the moment of impact, how women can transcend it, and how they can re-create their lives afterward." "Every woman's experience of the breaking point will be unique. Dr. Beck interviewed over three hundred women, from teenagers to eight-year-olds, who movingly share their stories of coping with their moments of crisis." "At the heart of this book is a call to quell the stress and strain we feel by reexamining the paradoxical way we lead our lives and reconnecting with our innate desire to do what we find personally fulfilling rather than what our social roles dictate. Beyond the breaking point lies the epiphany that will guide us to the next, more rewarding phase of our lives. With a fresh, unpolarizing perspective and a welcome sense of wit, Breaking Point offers not a step-by-step prescription for getting unstuck, but rather a blueprint for change that all women can use to transform their lives."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - anndouglas - LibraryThing

This book is a bit slow-going, which may be why I have been reading it on and off for about a year-and-a-half. There's lots of good material on work-life balance issues and why women face unique ... Read full review


PHASE ONE Socialization
PHASE THREE Reaching the Breaking Point

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Life coach Martha Beck writes a monthly column, "Beck on Call," for "O: The Oprah Magazine," She is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling "Expecting Adam" as well as "Finding Your Own North Star" and "The Joy Diet," She lives with her family in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about her at, and join the discussion at

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