Creating Optimism

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McGraw Hill Professional, Feb 9, 2005 - Self-Help - 272 pages

Based on the authors' more than 20 years of research and practice, this unique, seven-step program challenges the conventional wisdom that healing occurs from the inside out. It shows that real change comes from building healthier relationships with other people, our own bodies, nature, and spirituality. The program can be used either without medications or in conjunction with them.


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Page 49 - ... the way to a man's heart is through his stomach is obviously setting her standards too high.
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Page 169 - To be autonomous means to act in accord with one's self—it means being free and volitional in one's actions. When autonomous, people are fully willing to do what they are doing, and they embrace the activity with a sense of interest and commitment.
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About the author (2005)

Bob Murray, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, and Alicia Fortinberry, M.S., a psychotherapist and movement educator, have been helping people overcome depression and build strong, healing relationships for more than 20 years. The husband-and-wife team developed the Uplift Program, which is taught at the University of South Florida and the California Institute of Integral Studies. They also consult for multinational corporations.

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