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Own Your Past Change Your Future: A Not-So-Complicated Approach to Relationships, Mental Health & Wellness – by Dr. John Delony

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This one is exactly what it says on the cover. It’s reminiscent in its premise of the more clinically-presented Tell Yourself A Better Lie (an excellent book, which we reviewed previously) but this time presented in a much more casual fashion.

Dr. Delony favors focusing on telling stories, and indeed this book contains many anecdotes. But also he bids the reader to examine our own stories—those we tell ourselves about ourselves, our past, people around us, and so forth.

To call those things “stories” may create a knee-jerk response of feeling like it is an accusation of dishonesty, but rather, it is acknowledging that experiences are subjective, and our framing of narratives can vary.

As for reframing things and taking control, his five-step-plan for doing such is:

  1. Acknowledge reality
  2. Get connected
  3. Change your thoughts
  4. Change your actions
  5. Seek redemption

…which each get a chapter devoted to them in the book.

You may notice that these are very similar to some of the steps in 12-step programs, and also some religious groups and/or self-improvement groups. In other words, this may not be the most original approach, but it is a tried-and-tested one.

Bottom line: if you feel like your life needs an overhaul, but don’t want to wade through a bunch of psychology to do it, then this book could be it for you.

Click here to check out Own Your Past To Change Your Future, and do just that!

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