The first edition of Radical Honesty became a nationwide best seller in 1995 because it was not a kinder, gentler self-help book. It was a shocker! In it, Dr. Brad Blanton, a psychotherapist and expert on stress management, explored the myths, superstitions and lies by which we all live. And this newly revised edition is even worse!
Blanton shows us how stress comes not from the environment, but from the self-built jail of the mind. What keeps us in our self-built jails is lying.
"We all lie like hell," Dr. Blanton says. "It wears us out...it is the major source of all human stress. It kills us." Not telling our friends, lovers, spouses, or bosses about what we do, feel, or think keeps us locked in that mind jail. The way out is to get good at telling the truth, and Dr. Blanton provides the tools we can use to escape from that jail of the mind. This book is the cake with the file in it.
In Radical Honesty, Dr. Blanton coaches us on how to have lives that work, how to have relationships that are alive and passionate, and how to create intimacy where none exists. As we have been taught by the philosophical and spiritual sources of our culture for thousands of years, from Plato to Nietzsche, from the Bible to Emerson, the truth shall set you free.
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This sounds like it was recorded on an iPhone in 40 second chunks. Incredibly hard to listen to, and amateurish.
No thank you.
Audible seriously needs to rerecord this book with a professional narrator if they expect to charge money for this audiobook.
This is definitely in my top 3 books that I've bought on Audible.com.
My favorite part is when he tells why he wrote the book and what he wants from writing it. He speaks from the heart and says most things people won't say, but could, if they were being honest.
Not so much. I guess I was inspired at the idea of being honest and what it can do for your life, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I really related to what he was saying from where I was in my life and seeing that a lot of what holds me back or creates the way I feel is from withholding what is true for me.
I love the idea of being honest in as many areas of life as possible! It's not always going to be easy, and like they say anything worth earning takes some effort. I also like how he describes the difference between being and mind. A distinction that isn't always covered in western society, and yet from my experience is key to knowing "yourself" so you can be honest about "who you are".
Yes. Brad Blanton is an though-provoking author. Unfortunately the recording is very bad.
One part of the book repeated... It may have been a whole chapter. Also, the way it was read was difficult to listen to.
The recording was poor.
The volume changes and so the tone of the narrator's voice. Most of the time, he coughs, or makes short noises after words. He sounds bored and tired. He mispronounce words or stops the reading to sort of understand the word he is reading.
It's a turnoff and unfortunately because his attitude on his voice is a distraction to the book itself.
I regret spending the money
This book has one of the most amazing central concepts, being open an honest in every interaction. Compared to how our society works it truly is a radical concept. I really feel like the author shares many concepts with the spiritual enlightenment crowd with his ability to see past thoughts and emotions down to the core of a being. So if you're into that kind of philosophy, this book will have advice on how to pursue more honest and real interactions. Even popular self help author Brene Brown touts the benefits of being vulnerable, this just takes it into every day interactions and shows us how by not being honest, we are making ourselves ill and stressed.
I was thinking I would be giving this book between 4-5 stars for being so groundbreaking compared to most other self help books I've read. Where it fell short of that was in some of the author's casualness, audio quality, and his full concept of what deserves to be considered and spoken as truth. He, like many nondual teachers and speakers, goes on to explain that we are not our personalities and our stories we tell ourselves. He repeats this over and over again. Embracing this concept could lead someone to becoming awakened/ enlightened as they shed their ego and realize the energy of their own being. This was how I awakened, without the help of any books, but through the experience of my own suffering. A month later I started realizing how freeing honesty and truth telling became for me, and I vowed to keep integrity in my interactions. That meant I could no longer function at a job I didn't like and I had to shed many friendships that couldn't continue once the truth of how we felt came to light. Anyway, his idea of the truth sometimes resides in the ego, or in the mind chatter that is actually part of the neurosis that he is striving to help his readers overcome. I don't find expressing this chatter to be beneficial to anyone, unless one is explaining that they have it with the intention to relate to another person. My idea of residing in truth is to completely move past these very superficial expressions. He also bashed NVC in one part, but NVC and this book share the very concept he was denouncing from them, which is the full expression of anger. In NVC the communicator requests that they get empathy when they are in need of this expression, but they would filter their judgement before expression to ensure that they aren't going to cause a large amount of damage, violence or objectification to the other person. People get angry, conflict helps us grow together and it is always going to be there, but this is where I can't find myself in agreement with simply expressing anger and negative opinions about others. If you are on the path of truth you will know that jumping right into expression of hatred doesn't clearly communicate your upset.
The audio was charming to me, very homemade, but overall disappointing compared to the other productions available for around the same price. Sometimes he did repeat himself or it did seem like large sections of the books were repeating, lots of fussing with the recorder and other distracting noise.
Overall, I really would suggest this book to certain people who need a big dose of reality. I found the last chapter to be a bit too personal and some of the advice on relationships to be a matter of personal opinion and not of universal quality or application. Otherwise, much of the advice and revelations in this book are golden, totally solid concepts that I think most people should hear. You're lying to yourself, to others, and it's not just little white lies or cover ups, but the way you act, speak, dress, posture, think, teach, parent, and more. The concepts in this book are a great step towards liberating this toxic behavior that causes people physical and mental distress.
This is probably the most complete book on personal and societal development I've experienced. I'll be starting it back from the beginning as soon as I post this review.
Thoughts like this book are a stepping stone for society to compete. Not compete in the usual sense as in Boston's "Peace of Mind," but the Seattle Seahawk's
Read this. It will piss you off, and then set you free. If you're looking for freedom, read this and really consider it, and then actually practice it.
Reading more books won't make a difference if you're lying about what you're up to.
He stumbles in his reading, the sound will change. It's almost like some random person did the recording and didn't care to review and edit it to make it smooth. He clears his throat sometimes ect. I wouldn't purchase this unless he produces a whole new recording. Decent book though besides all that.
While attempting to base this book on Eastern philosophies à la E. Tolle, this audiobook is wordy, poorly spoken and equally poorly recorded. The bottom line: morals are bad, being present to the moment is good. Shouldn't take hours to explain that, nor do I think the point is well made. Read Power of Now instead.
This book came highly recommended by someone who's opinion I value a great deal. The material itself appears to be of great importance but I can't listen to this guy read. I have 80+ books in my audible library and this is easily the worst quality recording and narrator I've encountered. One of the chapters even repeats twice. What the hell?! Was there no oversight whatsoever?
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