Magazine article USA TODAY

Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits

Magazine article USA TODAY

Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits

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EXCUSES BEGONE! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits BY WAYNE W. DYER HAY HOUSE, INC., NEW YORK 2009, 257 PAGES, $24.95

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Wayne W. Dyer has been a force in new-age psychology and self-help for decades. With an earned doctorate in Educational Counseling and a worldwide reputation as a teacher, presenter, and author, he enjoys a great deal of immediate credibility with a large audience. In his latest book, he builds on his 2006 work, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao. In that work, written during and subsequent to an immersion in the Tao te Ching, Dyer focused on the kinds of thoughts that better match our "higher" selves: thoughts that are, for example, "gentle," rather than "rigid."

True to his long career as a teacher and guide, in this volume, Dyer focuses on the ways readers can incorporate the wisdom and richness of the Universe. The reader may decide whether or not this is actually the outcome of a spiritual collaboration with Lao-Tzu (author of the Tao te Ching) or the result of the synthesis of a trained professional in psychotherapy who is also absorbed in Eastern philosophical and spiritual teachings.

Dyer directly challenges the big categories of excuses for resisting personal change: our genes; our upbringing; the impossibility of altering lifelong habits. He cites research indicating that genes are not fate; that people have the capacity to develop new thought patterns to gradually replace the "mind viruses" that they've picked up through life experiences. …

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