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VANCOUVER, BC, Canada | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
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  • 154 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life With Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Francine Shapiro
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Whether we've experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don't fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower listeners looking to achieve real change. An easy conversational style, humor, and fascinating real life stories make it simple to understand the brain science behind why we get stuck in various ways and what we can about it.

    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It does not offer too many solutions or techniques. It is almost like a sales pitch on EMDR, and then cautions you, to only try some of the techniques with a trained professional. It really only offers some minor techniques and solutions to get over your past, anything major is suggested to go to therapy. There needs to be more focus on delving and discovering in the readers PAST issues, rather than the large collection of anecdotes of problems of patients they have treated. The point of giving examples, lost the objective of the title of the book "Getting Past YOUR Past. Instead, it became the story of other people getting over THEIR Past. Ninety percent of the book was descriptions of peoples Past issues, and less than 10% was focussed on the Self Help Techniques the title suggests.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Learning about EMDR and what it is, how it was developed and what it can do is the most interesting. The least interesting was too many stories, and too many details about the problems it was used on, it became boring and repetitive and sometimes depressing to listen to other peoples issues, when one really wants to get to the bottom of their own issues.

    Have you listened to any of Karen White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Beautiful narration.

    Was Getting Past Your Past worth the listening time?

    It was worth the listening time, because I believe that if we learn just one new "thing" by reading or listening, it was worth the investment of time and money. It has convinced me that EMDR is a valuable technique to be explored.

    Any additional comments?

    I think the audio book needed to have a supplemental PDF with the few techniques for the EMDR exercises. I also think that the book should have the final chapter with ONLY the exercises and techniques, for ease of use. The benefits of an Audio Book were not utilized to present these techniques. The publisher should have placed "bookmarks" and names (or numbers) with each exercise in the recording, allowing easy access to the techniques for the listener. I will have to listen and search through the book again and then bookmark the techniques in order to use them. This should have been provided by the "publisher".

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Program: The Brain-Smart Approach to the Healthiest You: The Life-Changing 12-Week Method

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kelly Traver, Betty Kelly Sargent
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell

    Introducing the revolutionary, field-tested, and scientifically proven approach to losing weight, lowering cholesterol, and getting totally fit for life by changing your brain - in just 12 weeks. With simple, straightforward instructions, Dr. Traver tells listeners how to outsmart their own brains by rewiring the stubbornly change-resistant organ so that it not only accepts healthy lifestyle habits, it embraces them.

    Jana says: "Not Worth a Credit"
    "Excellent most comprehensive health book"
    Would you listen to The Program again? Why?

    This is the most comprehensive Health Book I have "read", because it also addresses our brain and how we as humans are affected by "primal" brain impulses, which are not rooted in culture or personality. The Website support is excellent too, with little quizzes, which help to understand and integrate the information. This book should be taught in schools, it is vital to self managing ones health and understanding our brains role in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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