Press:Harpercollins Harper; 1st edition (January 3, 2006)
Author Name:Schlessinger, Laura C.
In this important book, Dr.
Laura Schlessinger shows men and women that they can have a Good Life no matter how Bad their Childhood.For each of us, there is a connection between our early family dynamics and experiences and our current attitudes and decisions.
Many of the people Dr.
Laura has helped did not realize how their histories impacted their adult lives, or how their choices in people, repetitive situations, and decisions -- even their emotional reactions -- were connected to those early negative experiences, playing a major role in their current unhappiness.For these people and millions like them, too much time is dedicated to repeating the ugly dynamics of childhood in a vain attempt to repair or cope with deep hurt and longings.
Too often they use their emotional pain to control others or excuse their own inappropriate and destructive behaviors.
Some turn to therapy, only to find themselves trapped in their self-pitying victim mode, robbed of optimism, confidence, and growth.Dr.
Laura will help you realize that no matter what circumstances you came from or currently live in, you are ultimately responsible for how you react to them.
The acceptance of this basic truth is the source of your power to secure the Good Life you long for.
In her signature straightforward style, with real-life examples, Dr.
Laura shows you what you will gain by not being satisfied with an identity as a victim, or even as a survivor -- but striving to be a victor!In Bad Childhood -- Good Life, Dr.
Laura will guide you to accept the truth of the assaults on your psyche and soul, understand your unique coping style and how it impacts your daily thoughts and actions, and help you embrace a life of more peace and happiness.Bad Childhood -- Good Life comes from a compassionate and personal place.
Laura also reveals some of her own experiences with a difficult childhood and what efforts it took to attain a Good Life.
She writes, "My resilience has paid off, and I'm doing the best I can with what I've got." Now you can, too.
From Publishers Weekly
Tis the season, right? For childhood issues to flare up just in time for the trip home for the holidays.
Instead of resolving to lose those pesky 10 pounds, 2006 may be the perfect time to stop letting a bad childhood ruin another year, says Schlessinger, author of seven New York Times bestsellers and host of an internationally syndicated radio talk show.
Schlessinger uses radio listeners' call-ins, her own stories and a little help from Carly Simon to help adults stuck in the past break free from destructive patterns and move peaceably forward.
"The truth is that there is always a battle between the history and the present," she writes.
Schlessinger tailors her advice staples (take charge, get tough, be positive, live for something other than yourself) toward securing victory over childhood traumas by admonishing readers against thinking emotionally about emotional subjects, advocating black and white reasoning (one listener's mother is deemed "evil") and proposing an amoeba-brainless and unthinking-constitutes a workable decision making model.
Readers already of the Schlessinger school will find much here to appreciate, though it's doubtful this will win her any new fans.
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Schlessinger is, of course, a recognized name as an internationally syndicated radio talk-show host and author of seven previous best-sellers.
Her latest book will no doubt hit the best-seller lists as well.
And like its predecessors, this one is based on her research, in other words, the calls and letters that came into her radio show.
Her point here is to guide readers in getting past any emotional damage they suffered at the hands of their parents so they may lead productive, happy lives.
But, as Schlessinger admits, it "sounds obvious.
So why isn't it that simple?" She starts with acknowledging that many people don't realize that childhood history can indeed have an impact on the way adults lead their lives.
On the other hand--and this is the premise of her book--keeping yourself in a perpetual state of victimhood because of childhood pain ensures you will experience little or no movement toward a nondestructive, loving, secure adulthood.
Schlessinger offers advice on the best steps to take to move in that direction and, truthfully, there is something in this book for everyone to benefit from.
Brad HooperCopyright © American Library Association.
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About the Author
Laura Schlessinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is one of the most popular talk-show hosts in radio history and the only woman to win the prestigious Marconi Award for syndicated radio.
She is the author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, writes a daily blog, and is a regular Newsmax columnist.
She is heard daily on Sirius/XM Channel 155 live, and her program is streamed and podcast on www.drlaura.com.
Schlessinger has her own YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/drlaura).
She is also the skipper and driver of a racing sailboat program that won the 2010 international race from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas.
She and her husband live in Southern California.
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