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Publisher's Summary

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.

Francine Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains how our personalities develop and why we become trapped into feeling, believing, and acting in ways that don't serve us. Through detailed examples and exercises, listeners will learn to understand themselves, and why the people in their lives act the way they do. Most importantly, listeners will also learn techniques to improve their relationships, break through emotional barriers, overcome limitations, and excel in ways taught to Olympic athletes, successful executives, and performers.

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.

©2012 Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. (P)2012 Tantor

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"Dr. Shapiro is a pioneer in the field of helping people overcome trauma and negative past experiences." (Daniel G. Amen, M.D.)

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A competent introduction to a very useful method.

This eye movement methodology of managing and intergrating memory is going to be huge. It opens the door to a wide array of both human and automated techniques for managing the mind and memory in particular. I found the presentation to be a bit whinney and the narrator seemed more emotional than a therapist perhaps ought to be, but the information is quite solid. I have already begun using the techniques on my friends who have recently undergone some emotional trauma.

Some will enjoy it much more than others, but most will benefit from reading it.

Gare Henderson

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NOT ENOUGH ON SOLUTIONS

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".

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Sorry but can't finish the audio version

This book is incredible but Karen White, G-d bless her, sounds like a monotonous robot so unfortunately my brain just can't grasp the material. I wish she would sound more human and more invested in the material. Sometimes too perfect is too much.

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Great book... highly recommended!

This is a great book with tons of real life examples. The narrator's voice is very pleasent to listen to. The book is also very engaging and easy to follow. Great book... highly recommended.

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  • HM
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 03-07-14

Narrator is extremely annoying

Would you consider the audio edition of Getting Past Your Past to be better than the print version?

No I wouldn't. I really like the content of this book but both my husband and I cannot stand listening to this narrator. She comes across as overly dramatic and her style really interferes with taking in the message of this book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too emotionally syrupy and dramatic.

Any additional comments?

To the publisher: Please do not use this narrator. We had the same reaction to her work in Daring Greatly by Brenee Brown.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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More than I expected.

I have read many books on emotional healing. I have used different techniques. This sounds like something that will work. I have four appointments with an EMDR therapist and have great hopes for the future.

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Excellent

Such an eye opening book which gives clarity to PTSD. I now can start to distinguish the thoughts that are facts against the thoughts I have not processed. Those thoughts that are hunting which place me right back in the horror of childhood I can now challenge

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Absolutely wonderful, when wonderful is so needed!

Read this book, if only to find what is possible for you, your life and those that you love ...
.......... and even those that you do not love so much!! :-) :-) Wish I had access to it years ago.

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  • angelfly72
  • Sacramento, CA United States
  • 02-20-17

Listening to this book has given me so much hope!

I 'm going to try EMDR. I 'm a food addict, and I need help!

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Well written intro to EMDR

Francine Shapiro, PhD has written a good book to describe how EMDR works to assist a person's brain to process traumatic incidents, and when a person should seek out professional help. This is a really helpful, interesting book, and I highly recommend it.