A groundbreaking new view of human psychology that shows how eight key traits of human behavior—long perceived as liabilities—can be important hidden strengths.
What if the inattentiveness that makes school or work a challenge holds the secret to your future as an entrepreneur? What if the shyness in groups that you hate is the source of deep compassion for others? What if the anxiety and nervousness you often feel can actually help energize you? What if the mood swings you sometimes experience canbe the source of tremendous creativity?
Renowned psychiatrist and popular on-air personality Dr. Dale Archer believes that labels for behavior like “ADHD,” “bipolar,” and “OCD” are normal human qualities—and contends that we all experience these and other psychological traits to some extent, yet fail to leverage the significant advantages they can offer. Worse, we stigmatize one another for these prevalent, widely shared aspects of our personalities.
In Better Than Normal, Dr. Archer offers an empowering framework for redefining what constitutes mental health. Drawing on his 20 years of clinical experience, he describes eight traits of human behavior—heretofore knownonly as psychiatric diagnoses. Each of these occurs along a continuum rather than as a simple on-off switch (where “off ” means we’re fine, and “on” means we’ve got a problem). These are the aspects of our personality that we worry about the most, but these are also the very things that make us distinctive and different.
According to Dr. Archer, each of us has a unique personality that emerges from our hardwired genetics and individual life experiences. With Better Than Normal, you can map your individual characteristics by taking the eight traitself-assessment quiz and see how what makes you different can indeed make you exceptional. Filled with engaging anecdotes and practical tools to help you capitalize on your unique characteristics, Better Than Normal offers a new and liberating way to look at ourselves and others.
©2012 Dr. Dale Archer (P)2012 Random House
Very interesting material! Easy to listen to. Good use of stories to illustrate the key points.
Pertinent for all and I'd love for more health care providers to listen to (or read) this. As a health care provider myself, I find it offered me more ways to relate to my patients and help them understand their own unique ways of experiencing life.
It did have a few good tips.The few (and far between) tips were not mind blowing or original.
This gentleman spent most of the book bragging on himself.(Is there anything he hasn't accomplished in his life? ) He is "like a boss" of everything I would guess.I was also very confused by the description.Is this an autobiography or a self help book? Suggestion for a new title is; "This one time,....when I was at band camp......"
Yes the narration matched the pace of the story.The narrator did an adequate job
No.Never.I'm sorry I wasted my credit and my time on this book.I have no desire to be treated to another dose of this man's incredible life story.
Can I get a refund credit? I think an award is in order for listening to this book in its entirety.......
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