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Elena S.

practicing psychotherapist interested in therapy, psychology, and recommendations for those seeking happiness, practical solutions, and understanding

Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 230 titles in library
  • 65 purchased in 2014

  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "A Must Read (or Listen)!"

    Brene Brown is one of my favorite researchers in the field of emotional study. The Gifts of Imperfection is a great illustration of what it means to life a full life along with operational goals and definitions of words like shame, authenticity, and vulerability. She uses anecdotes and research to make these points in a powerful way.

    My only disappointment with the audio book is the narrator, who is not at all a bad narrator, just isn't at all like Brene Brown. Like many people, I became aware of Brene Brown's work after her TED talk went viral ("The Power of Vulnerability") in June 2010. Her voice and way of speaking is moving and powerful to say the least. I was disappointed not to hear her voice on the audiobook since she's inspiring, funny, and kind of comforting to me.

    **Campaign for Brene Brown to read her audio books!!** Other than that, I loved it :)

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Inspiring, intelligent, and heart-warming story"

    I was looking for an easy listen while taking a brain-break from work. I knew I would have hours in the car and to myself so I read the reviews of many fiction books and decided on this one.

    This story is as sweet as it is well-written and smart. The narrator, Kathleen Wilhoite, makes this book extra special when read aloud with her incredible ability to shape a character based on tone and voice. It's reminiscent of being read to as a child, my father creating silly and over the top characters in my storybooks. But it's not over the top... it's just right.

    This book illustrates human misunderstandings, misses, and judgments in ways that break your heart. It also demonstrates the payoff of relentlessness and determination, if we have the courage to swim against the current, to continually demand to get our needs met. In the chaos of complexity of life, Bea is an inspirational character who provides lessons of hope for the kid in me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Hilarious, laugh out loud, feel good listen!"

    What do you expect? It's Tina Fey telling you a story...

    Perhaps for people who are non-Tina-Fey-fanatics, this isn't assumed. But I expected to laugh through the book and my expectations were met. She has a special way of talking about her experiences growing up that captures the awkwardness of puberty, early adulthood, and monumental embarrassments in a way that only Tina could pull off. I listened while driving and nearly had to pull over because I was laughing so hard... twice. Also contains interesting behind the scenes info about 30 Rock for those of you who are fans. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples: 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harville Hendrix
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Originally published in 1988, Getting the Love You Want has helped millions of couples attain more loving, supportive, and deeply satisfying relationships. This 20th-anniversary edition contains extensive revisions to the groundbreaking book, with a new chapter, new exercises, and a foreword detailing Dr. Hendrix's updated philosophy for eliminating all negativity from couples' daily interactions.

    Julie says: "Life saver!"
    "Classic Couples Therapy Guide"

    This book is a classic among couples therapists and people seeking guidance in their relationships. I listened to the audio book as a "refresher course" having read the book several years ago. Harville Hendrix discusses IMAGO therapy and the dense theoretical and practical approaches to connection. While I enjoyed the audio book, I think reading the book would be essential to using it as a guide. Hendrix also has a workbook that goes along with this book that can be helpful to couples for the exercises.

    Overall, very good listening experience though the narrator has a very severe tone of voice. I recommend it as a refresher or a tool to use with the book(s).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Necessity for clinicians and patients"

    This book is an eye-opening, riveting collection of stories told from the perspective of a seasoned psychologist and her 20 years of experience. As a clinician, it has broadened my scope in understanding the people who have mistreated my patients who seek help and healing. It can be a very helpful reframe from the traditional explanations - "he didn't mean to hurt me, " or "I'm exaggerating my childhood." It made me realize that people without conscience are all around us and they have a huge impact on the lives of the people I treat.That pain can be validated through the use of this book and the knowledge that some people do not feel conscience or guilt in the same ways that others do.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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