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Publisher's Summary

With five unique tools that take only three seconds each to use, you, too, can achieve a lifetime of fulfilment.

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you could tap into a new source of power - one that has been inside you all along - to solve your own problems and become the master of your life? The Tools is an extraordinary psychological model based on the proven methods of Hollywood's greatest psychotherapists.

Phil Stutz and Barry Michels have over 60 years of psychotherapeutic experience between them. Together they have helped their A-list clients work through whatever has held them back - be it insecurity, trauma, anger, lack of willpower, negativity or avoidance - and achieve their greatest work and find a deep level of fulfilment.

Now, at last, the acclaimed clinicians are sharing their methods in this eye-opening and empowering book. Introducing their five simple techniques - namely, The Reversal of Desire, Active Love, Inner Authority, The Grateful Flow and Jeopardy - the authors clearly explain what they are and how and when to use them. Astonishingly effective and beautifully simple (once you've learned a tool it takes only three to five seconds to use it), this book will give you everything you need to propel yourself forward to achieve your ambitions and be who you were born to be.

Please note: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Phil Stutz and Barry Michels (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

Critic Reviews

"Barry Michels and Phil Stutz are profoundly talented guides to the inner workings of the psyche. The Tools is breakthrough material that ignites your own capacity to transform your life." Marianne Williamson
"Hollywood's 'open secret'" The New Yorker
"Every single thing I've written of any power or merit came through using the tools Barry taught me. Usually counterintuitive, sometimes dangerous, they only changed my life." Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award-winning writer of Traffic and writer/director of Syriana
"The clear, user-friendly approach plus a belief that ‘the power of higher forces is absolutely real’ is a winning combination. Here is the rare self-help book that doesn’t end with the self." Publishers Weekly
" The Tools is the new über-bible of life techniques. And it WORKS!" InStyle
"The tools helped me just like I wanted them to." TIME magazine

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  • Isobel DeSantis
  • 12-23-12

Life-changing

A truly remarkable book that really has changed my life. The 5 "Tools" are simple tasks that take just a few minutes to use every day, but their effect is very deep. They're explained clearly (the main narrator is very good, the second obviously isn't comfortable with the audio format, but only reads a small part of the book); how to do them, when to use them and what to expect from them. Each chapter ends with an overview of the tool and I bookmarked those sections so I could find them again easily.



The results of using the Tools for me? Greater focus and therefore productivity; a huge reduction in procrastination because now I have a very effective reason to act; and a calmer, more compassionate approach.

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  • Alastair
  • 06-05-12

Excellent work: Insightful and Practical

Of the many self help books I've read this is one of the best. I found it to be clear, practical, encouraging, intelligent, considerate, powerful, articulate, and easy to translate into action.

I'd go further and say that this book is a work of inspired genius, and I chose those works carefully so as not to exaggerate.

If you want assistance with improving your life and are willing to make the effort to use well crafted tools, this is a good book for you.

I ended up purchasing the Kindle version as well to study each tool in detail and make written notes that I can carry with me day to day for reminders.

Feels like a Godsend.

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  • JedHoll
  • 04-23-15

Some useful techniques

Some clever techniques or "tools" explained by a psychotherapist. Overall I enjoyed the book but towards the end when it made a pitch for "the new spirituality" it lost me a bit. I would recommend the book to people who are open minded about this genre.

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  • Sarah Hackney
  • 03-03-15

A must read

It is clear to see why this book attracts successful people!
I will listen to it again in the future.

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  • rhona fitzpatrick
  • 02-20-15

Well worth listening too!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you find life challenging this is the perfect book for you, you are taught tool to help you cope with everyday life

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  • Demetri
  • 11-29-17

Life Changing

There is a saying "the greatest battles of life are fought in the silent chambers of our souls". This book gives you important weapons to fight those battles. Very worthwhile reading

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-16

This is it!!!

Just hearing these two dedicated creators who decided to help anyone who would believe and try to make a difference to themselves and inadvertently the world.

Jedi training from the man who trained Yoda himself. Thank you Dr.

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