Reviewed by Pamela Draycott
As a sceptic when it comes to self-help books you might not think that I’m the best person to review this book. However, I would argue the opposite. Precisely because I do tend to be sceptical helps in evaluating it.
The book is well written and easy to follow. At the beginning there are exercises in using positive language and creative visualisation techniques to take you into the ‘amazing zone’. As I interpret it, this ‘zone’ is really about having a positive attitude and rising any and all of the difficulties you may face – optimism being the order of the day! However, it isn’t about ignoring your problems and sweeping them under the table with a euphoric smile. Rather it is about facing up to and proactively working on them. It is about being accountable and making active, positive choices rather than excuses.
The book addresses lots of different issues that are potentially ‘crap’ or more accurately can cause ‘crap’ to happen – money and wealth, debt, relationships, addictions and obsessions, bereavement, divorce and loss, parenting. The chapter summary at the end of each section is a useful recap on the main points outlined. You are also made aware of the author’s hypnotherapy CDs and audio downloads in case you want to take the ideas further.
I remain sceptical of self-help books but perhaps not as sceptical as I was, at least of this one and of the author’s approach.
RRP: £14.99 (hardback)
Available to buy from Hypnobalance here.