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I Can Mend Your Broken Heart - Paul McKenna & Hugh Willbourn

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Genre: Health / Family / Lifestyle / Author: Paul McKenna, Hugh Willbourn / 192 pages / Includes CD / Book published 2006-12-04 by Bantam Books Ltd

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      26.06.2010 09:51
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      More than just a hypnotist

      I am the first to write a review on this, so perhaps this is one of Paul McKenna's least popular programme?

      It's pretty amazing to think that this world acclaimed leading hypnotist is also somewhat of a therapist and without ever having studied years of psychology as I had done, but I like the fact that he approaches his subject from a very affirmative knowing: he doesn't waffle complex terms or even include them in his books and why it is they are so popular as self-help guides.

      The introduction, he begins by explaining that this programme is written for those of us who have gone through a split in our realtionship with someone we love and cherish, but affected deeply by the ensuing pain and suffering that occurs as a result. The first chapter then goes into some depth about what heartache is all about and how we can recognise its devestating affect: as always however, he draws upon his own personal experiences of loss and so this makes his influential quality that much more credible - you can't help but feel that you are listening to a wise Jedhi knight instructing you on how to survive the plights of outer space navigation!

      Even the fact that he uses a self-designed three core systems of human being model makes his teachings that much more expert - he does however acknowledge that he has spent some 15 years of his career in conferences with psychiotherapists, he has clearly studied their own counselling methods in some depth as discusses in his book how it is that their own approach has some major flaws. He claims that even though they are competent speakers, they have a very different view of the human being compared with himself, so understands very well that most of these trained professionals, although they are extremely intelligent, lack the kind of people skills that are fundamental tools whilst working as any kind of therapist.

      In total there are seven chapters:

      1)What is Heartbreak?
      2)How do I stop feeling so bad?
      3)What is the point of these feelings?
      4)How do I cope with my ex?
      5)Why did it happen to me?
      6)How can I feel better about myself?
      7)Falling in love again.

      Most, if not all of us will be seduced by the fact that he seems to understand human trauma in ways that we ourselves have some idea of how pain manifests in our hearts, but have no idea of how to manage and cope with the overwhelming feelings that often need expression - we are stuck for words in how to interpret our feelings and where it is that McKenna comes in.

      He gives voice to those painful feelings and gives good solid examples of where they come from and why they are afflicting the human mind, body and soul. To me, he is the father of psychology and makes far more logical sense than even some of the greatest therapists that have ever been born such as Jung and Rogers, though they were from a very time capsule and involved in experimental psychology techniques and were encouraged by the heirachy of their career objectives to be clinical, not personal and people-orientated as McKenna undoubtedly is.

      I lost the CD that came with this book but imagine that it has a similar hypnotic trance effect to that of his earlier programmes - I couldn't stop myself from laughing at the spawning whale sounds in the background, or what appeared to be something of that nature, so was left feeling unable to take his audio therapy sessions seriously even though his written works are far more engaing and full of practical excercises you can follow. If you haven't yet read it, I shan't write more in case I ruin the review, but in my opinion is a fantastic read if it is relevant to yourself or you are studying for a degree in psychology.

      I bought my copy for £1.00 in a local charity shop as ordinarily they retail at £10.99 or even less if bought from on line stores such as Amazon given that the book is four years old.

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