Get out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior

Get out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior

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By (author) Mark Goulston, By (author) Philip Goldberg

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  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 133mm x 203mm x 19mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
  • ISBN 10: 0399519904
  • ISBN 13: 9780399519901
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 82,206

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Practical, proven steps show how to transform 40 common self-defeating behaviors, including procratination, envy, obsession, anger, self-pity, compulsion, neediness, guilt, rebellion, inaction, and more.

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Mark Goulston, M.D., is a corporate consultant who works with executives, managers, and line workers to help them get out of their own way so they can realize the success that their skills, talents, and abilities deserve. His clients include Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, GE, White & Case, Eli Lilly and Company, Disney, Kodak, and the FBI. He writes "The Leading Edge" column for Fast Company. He was selected as one of America's Top Psychiatrists for 2004-2005 by the Consumers' Research Council of America. Dr. Goulston is the author of Get Out of Your Own Way and Six Secrets of a Lasting Relationship. Philip Goldberg, a novelist and screenwriter, has authored or coauthored sixteen books.

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Self-defeating behavior is the single most common reason that people seek psychotherapy. It is a poison, preventing us from achieving the love, success and happiness we want in our lives. And what really drives us crazy is feeling we have to change and not knowing how - or knowing how but being unable to stick with change. Get Out of Your Own Way is an antidote - it explains why we sabotage ourselves, going back to childhood origins of various behaviors. More important, it offers proven steps of action to transform behavior from self-defeating to life-enhancing. With anecdotes and usable insights drawn from twenty years of psychiatric clinical practice, Dr. Mark Goulston shares ideas that have helped thousands of patients overcome pain, fear, and confusion - to approach life's challenges with dignity, wisdom, courage, and even humor. By encouraging you to reflect upon your behavior - and providing practical steps toward change that you can work into your everyday life - Get Out of Your Own Way shows you how to stop being your own worst enemy - and become your own best friend.