Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Featured Book: How Emotionally Damaged Are We? by John Lindsay O'Brien



About the book:

How many people do you come across in your daily life who are generally unhappy, cranky, even miserable? Dr. John O’Brien, the author of Thinkiatry, has spent years studying the behavior and relationships of others. His conclusion? Most people are the victims of their own habitual thought systems—systems that allow negative thoughts and opinions to control their thinking—and by overcoming self-defeating thoughts, feelings and moods, we can all achieve a healthier, happier emotional life. Without negative feelings, anxiety, stress, and depression simply cannot exist! “Thinkiatry’s first four of five self-therapy principles now allow me to eliminate virtually all of my habitual negative thinking each day, and my emotional life has changed dramatically.” This book is the result of the author’s 30-year quest for personal happiness. It lays out steps anyone can take to uncover the happiness buried under years’ worth of chronic negative thoughts and the emotional distress they create. Become a Thinkiatrist and join the happiest people on earth.









Excerpt:

Thinkiatry and Our Habitual Thinking Process I have not been able to find any definitive scientific source, but the best source I could find estimates that the average person has approximately 50,000 thoughts each day. To my knowledge, we don’t know where our thoughts come from, but like our heartbeat and our breathing, they are simply functions of being alive. That’s 18,250,000 thoughts per year, on average. Multiply that by your age, and the result equals your average total lifetime thoughts; hundreds of millions of thoughts that create your unique life perceptions, experiences, emotions, and the perceived reality that we call our habitual thinking processes. When was the last time you thought about how you think? Probably never. Why don’t we think about the way we think? Well, for one thing, because no one has ever given us a reason to; that’s why Thinkiatry’s principles and process have been created—to teach people that the key to healthy psychological functioning and happiness in their lives lies hidden within the way they habitually think. The good news is that you have the opportunity, in order to achieve your life’s highest level of mental health and happiness, to learn how to use Thinkiatry’s principles and process to monitor and manage your habitual thinking. We now have a choice. You may stay where you are in your dysfunctional, habitual-thinking comfort zone and live with your own unique level of emotional distress each day, or you can begin to make Thinkiatry’s principles and process a part of your life by learning the skills and gaining the knowledge required to change the emotional landscape of your life for the better, forever. Thinkiatry’s five principles will teach you how we think and why habitual negative thoughts are responsible for the high levels of stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and so on in our society today; how our feelings and subsequent moods are created by the way we think; and how understanding the separate realities principle will unlock relationship quality you never thought possible. Finally, you will learn the process for achieving the elusive and prized life in the moment, in which happiness and contentment are the only menu options. The remaining chapters will teach you how to apply Thinkiatry’s principles to several of life’s typical emotional challenges: relationships, stress, habits and addictions, solving life problems, happiness, obesity, parenting, and much more. Clearly now, our habitual negative thoughts lie at the root of all human emotional distress. So, how do we begin to learn to manage and control our thinking? Not by trying to create positive thinking in order to find happiness; this age-old suggestion and technique simply gives us the opportunity to fail. How do you think positively while your habitual thinking is invariably negative? And then how do you feel when your attempts to positively think your way to happiness are unsuccessful. On the contrary, Thinkiatry’s first three principles—thinking, feelings, and moods—teach us that the key to happiness in our lives is in the knowledge and skills the principles reveal in order to virtually eliminate our habitual negatives. Without the influence of chronic negative thoughts, you’ll be amazed how often you’ll feel healthier psychological functioning and true happiness in your life each day. The key to happiness and contentment in life lies not in our circumstances, not in having lots of money, a big house, fancy cars, and not in who you know, but, quite simply, it is in using Thinkiatry’s principles and process to eliminate as many habitual negative thoughts and their resulting emotions as possible. For many years I have professed that each of our lives is a journey comprised of many chapters, much like a book. Therefore, I now congratulate you! You have just completed the Introduction to Thinkiatry, the next chapter in your life’s journey. Our next step is Part One, learning Thinkiatry’s five principles, beginning with the way we THINK, and how to change, manage, control, and virtually eliminate our habitual negative thoughts and their resulting emotional distress from our lives each day.



About the author:

John O’Brien was born in Lafayette, Indiana. He earned his BA, MA, and PhD in studies related to business and human resource management, and he has founded an entirely new field of study, “Thinkiatry,” to achieve and continually refine each individual’s path to healthy psychological functioning and happiness. John and his wife Alice have four children and four—soon to be five—grandchildren. They are enjoying their empty-nest status in the southwest Denver area, where they have lived for the last three decades.




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