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Life Unscripted

Using Improv Principles to Get Unstuck, Boost Confidence, and Transform Your Life
Narrated by: Dan O'Connor
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
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Learn to collaborate with others, think on your feet, and celebrate mistakes using the skills of improv theater

So many of us go through life following scripts we didn’t write for ourselves - scripts designed by our family, shaped by our friends, and influenced by the expectations of the people we meet. Using practical self-help skills rooted in improv principles and depth psychology, we can live more authentic, fulfilled, and empowered lives.

©2018 Jeff Katzman and Dan O'Connor (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

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“Dan O’Connor and Jeff Katzman bring a fresh take on self-help. Life Unscripted details how the magic of an improv class can open doors and change lives without years of talk therapy.… This is a book for all of us facing an increasingly unstable world. Learn why improv is the most delightful way to ‘get over yourself’ and ‘create a life of meaning.’”
 —Patricia Ryan Madson, Stanford professor emerita and author of Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up

 

 “Life Unscripted is simply wonderful. Jeff Katzman and Dan O’Connor give the reader a simple, clear explanation of the development of our sense of self.… Life Unscripted is apt to be invaluable to mental health professionals and will be inspirational to all.”  —Robin Kissell, MD, training and supervising psychoanalyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and associate clinical professor at the UCLA Semel Institute  

 “Most of us think, wrongly, that our brains are plug-and-play devices. But the irony is that a healthy brain is continuously built and sculpted by making mistakes, adapting, and interacting with our complex worlds. Life Unscripted makes a compelling case that even the most skeptical among us can use principles of improv to enrich our lives and have fun along the way, rediscovering the importance of play in our brain health.”  —Bill Shuttleworth, PhD, director of the Brain and Behavioral Health Institute at the University of New Mexico 

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I found this book to be thought provoking and engaging. it is also practical and helpful. Highly recommended.

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  • 04-25-19

Should be taught in schools

Brilliant book. Great for those of us who have trained and performed in improv to validate the benefits of it for enhancing life skills which we already knew and would extol to any who would listen, and has scientific research to back up comments.
Also an inspiring book for those wishing to find good reason to be brave enough to go an enjoy improv and the life skills it brings.
If this book was on the school reading curriculum then we'd have happier, more confident, social astute children.