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text 2014-07-05 18:13
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Stress Management For Dummies - Allen Elkin

Here's a not-so funny story about when I started this book a few days ago and was trying to stay stress-free...

 

I regrettably had to discontinue the book club I started over a year ago because of health problems. We met every four weeks or so in Belfast. I was quite upset by this because book club was important to me and I hadn’t wanted to give it up. I told everyone that I’d be quite happy for them to continue it on without me, but none of them seemed keen.

 

Then a few days ago I was looking at a website called Gumtree where anyone can place advertisements for local groups e.g. book clubs, social meetings etc. While scrolling through it, I saw an advertisement there that sounded suspiciously like my old book club. The ad was placed to recruit new members it seemed.

 

I called my friend shortly after I discovered this and found out that she had in-fact started up my old book club again without telling me! They had all met in Belfast a few days previously. I don’t have to tell you that my stress levels went through the roof at that point! I was really annoyed that I hadn’t been told that they were meeting, as this way, it felt like it was done behind my back. I wish she had just told me, instead of letting me find out myself. I never did get an explanation why she didn't.

 

What it meant anyway, is that I got quite stressed when I was trying to stay calm, which is not what I wanted at all. Talk about irony! I’m having another go at this book now and hopefully I’ll stay calm.

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review 2013-05-23 00:00
Your Guide to Health: Stress Management: "Practical Ways to Relax and Be Healthy" - Eve Adamson "Your Guide to Health: Stress Management" was a quick e-book I perused from my library that read like an extended pamphlet on recognizing the signs of stress, how it functions in the body, the various ways of managing it (creative therapy, meditation, etc.), among other dimensions. I found it worth the read in terms of being a general reference guide and constructively outlining different facets of what goes into stress and how to best deal with it when it becomes too much to the point where it interferes with daily living. I definitely liked that this noted that stress isn't inherently harmful or something to stifle, but a part of our bodies and reactions to certain stressors. Very helpful sections also on stress with relation specifically to men and women.
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review 2011-08-18 11:02
When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection - Gabor Maté I felt like this book was written about me. I saw myself on almost every page. Now if I could only figure out what to do about it.
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review 2011-08-18 10:53
How To Win Friends and Influence People
How To Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie Every person should make this book a part of their life's curriculum. It is widely considered the bible of human behavior and is a must-read for everyone. Although it was written in the 1930s, Carnegie's philosophies still hold true. Timeless. Don't borrow it, buy it. You'll be a much better person for having read this book-- not only to yourself but for everyone around you.
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review 2011-08-12 10:06
Trout Fishing: The Tactical Secrets of Lake Fishing
Trout Fishing: The Tactical Secrets of Lake Fishing - Ed Rychkun The advice is usually good advice. I often agree with him about how people should/can change their lives. I have done many of the things he's suggested. Somehow I've come to this from a completely different point of view. This is my problem: Chopra is intellectually dishonest and he lies about the world. Here are some of my many many quibbles: He flagrantly contradicts himself from page to page and chapter to chapter. One second “You” are extremely important and next second “You” aren't important at all. One second cells have “intelligence” and the next second its hormones. He claims there is an embarrassing problem of people being unable to prove existence (which is ridiculous, but is something philosophers and religious people have insisted on forever) at then we confronts the problem of explaining how this can all be the imagination of every living thing in the universe he just dismisses it as not being a problem, there is no argument. There can't be, of course, because it's absurd to claim that the pigeons on my balcony, the grass behind my apartment, and I are all combining to create a false reality. He can't argue this because he doesn't have an argument. He makes so many claims about what “Science” knows and what it doesn't know (as if Science were a person) but he backs none of it up. We have to take everything he says on faith, on his rep as a spiritual leader and a doctor. But that's all we have, his word. He does this in all his books (that I've read). I could spend weeks researching his claims and refuting them but I don't care enough. I know he's twisting facts to suit his own ends. I've caught him before. His great (deliberate?) misunderstanding of the observer effect underlies most of his claims about the nature of the universe (the claims are old, the defense is more recent). He talks about entropy, but he doesn't understand the concept. Scientists do actually have a reasonable guess about the end of this universe, it might not be right, but it's a better guess than Chopra's. How can something so large its unfathomable behave like a person? His chapter on evil is best. He understands it to a great degree, and I agree with him there more than anywhere else. Yet he doesn't offer solutions. Also, his understanding of evil is a lot more earthly and sounds at odds with the rest of the book. He says he can't be alive if the whole universe isn't alive. This statement makes no sense. He is using life is such a wide sense that the word loses all meaning. According to him, atoms are alive. Really? I think that's what we all mean when we talk about life, we mean atoms. Absolutely, Deepak. Hit the nail on the head there. Does anyone honestly believe that the hydrogen atoms are living inside them but dead outside of them? What is this nonsense? How does he know why time exists? How can anyone? He is guessing, but by telling us he knows for a fact, he is lying to us. He says everything is connected, everything has a purpose, and so on. Then he uses a phrase like “pure chance.” If everything is directed, there is no such thing as pure chance. Yet the book is riddled with such mistakes. It is an act of willpower for me just to finish this rubbish. His comments regarding apoptosis are misleading if not wholly inaccurate. Just as with his concept of the universe, he imbues very small things (cells, proteins, genes) with human traits as well. That's just a sample.
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