Item description for Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Metapsychology (Explorations in Metapsychology) by Marian K. Volkman...
"A concise, eminently-readable, empathic, joy-filled, hands-on text. Life Skills is a must for therapists and their clients." Sam Vaknin, Ph.D., author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited"
"A serious, impressive, and thoughtful work with one objective in mind: teaching how to reach one's full potential." James W. Clifton, M.S., Ph.D., LCSW
"If you take the trouble to do the exercises the way the author suggests, they will change your life." Robert Rich, M.Sc., Ph.D., M.A.P.S., A.A.S.H
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2005
Publisher Loving Healing Press
ISBN 1932690050 ISBN13 9781932690057
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Improve Your Life Mar 29, 2008
Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Metapsychology Marian K. Volkman Loving Healing Press (2005) ISBN: 1932690050
Self-help books are abundant, and I have read a good many of them. Marian Volkman's "Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Metapsychology" is one of the more practical and useful self-help books in the marketplace. While not a book about metapsychology specifically, "Life Skills" includes several practical applications of it.
Metapsychology is the science that unifies mental and physical experiences to discover the rules that apply to both. In "Life Skills," Marian Volkman teaches us how to apply metapsychology to our experiences, and especially our relationships, so we can live with greater awareness and feel more fulfilled.
"Life Skills" is not designed to resolve one issue for a person but to give practical skills, primarily on how to be more aware of oneself. A major focus of Volkman's book is the emotional scale introduced in the third chapter, taken from the work of Frank Gerbode. I have seen discussions elsewhere of the emotional scale, and I have always thought it a useful tool. Volkman describes the scale much as others have--with different levels of emotions on the bottom such as fear, grief and apathy while the top of the scale includes cheerfulness, enthusiasm, and elation. The purpose of the scale is for people to understand where on the scale is their current emotional state, to understand what that feeling means, and to realize how people react from and to that feeling. Volkman takes us through exercises to help us determine what emotions other people are feeling when we meet them, and she presents basic techniques for us to help that person raise his or her emotional level, as well as making us aware when best not to confront a person based on his or her emotional place on the scale.
Volkman is an advocate of Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR). She discusses how people need to figure out what things trigger them to experience negative emotions and how TIR can help them overcome their past pain and control their emotions so healing can take place. She provides practical suggestions for how to overcome trauma such as centering oneself in the present rather than focusing on the past traumatic experience.
Much of "Life Skills" is focused on relationships, both with oneself and with other people. Volkman encourages readers to understand the domains in their lives, domains being spheres of influence or groups we belong to, the first domain being oneself, the second being immediate friends and family, the third being groups or acquaintances, and then outward to the greater domains of humanity and the planet. She challenges us to realize the affect we have on others and how we can positively influence each domain in simple and practical ways.
What I found especially helpful was the book's focus on Awareness enhancers. Volkman begins with the Dalai Lama's statement to "Be kind to each other." She then encourages the reader to be present with other people, to give another person undistracted attention, even if for only a few minutes. Everyone needs attention and affection, and by giving people this attention, it will help heal them and encourage them with needed confidence. Volkman suggests we do the same not only with a friend or family member, but with ourselves, each of us giving himself the attention needed, the love we each deserve. From there, the reader is encouraged to give attention to the workplace, culture, and social groups.
Volkman concludes the book with helpful recommended reading and referrals to websites to learn more about metapsychology, Traumatic Incident Reduction, and additional information on life skills not included in the book.
While reading "Life Skills," I frequently paused and concentrated on the exercises, many of which I had not encountered in other self-help books. Volkman's exercises reflect wisdom and a lifetime of learning and teaching others how to learn about themselves. "Life Skills" is a useful and practical book the reader will return to many times and will want to share with friends. If everyone read this book and practiced its exercises, people would relate better to one another and humanity would achieve the greater potential Volkman believes possible. "Life Skills" is highly recommended to anyone who wants to live a happier, more rewarding life.
- Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., author of The Marquette Trilogy
Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Metapsychology Jul 16, 2007
Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Metapsychology is a book in the Explorations in Metapsychology Series edited by Robert Rich, PhD. The books in this series focus on the healing of the mind and the spirit using Metapsychological philosophies and methodologies. Several of these books have looked at the philosophy and therapies associated with Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR). These methodologies are particularly useful for individuals suffering from the aftermath of traumatic experiences and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. Though good research resources for individuals suffering from such afflictions, the information within these books focuses on educating therapists about such philosophies and techniques.
Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Metapsychology also aims to focus on healing the mind and the spirit. Though this book has a chapter on TIR, this book looks at a wider range of subjects to improve quality of life. These subjects include topics such as the definition and realities of quality of life; the predicting and understanding of emotional levels; relationships; the idea of success; understanding the negative aspects of human behaviour; and becoming more aware of yourself and the world around you.
Likewise, though this book will serve as a good resource for therapists, the general public will also find this book helpful. Topics are discussed in everyday language and explained without jargon or hidden superior attitudes. Furthermore, readers will find that the exercises that accompany each section of this book will not only help further solidify the concepts explained but will also allow the reader to tailor his or her new findings to his or her life and particular situation. This aspect makes takes this book beyond just an excellent reference book Metapsychological philosophies and techniques and brings these methodologies into the realm of self-help for all individuals wanting to improve the quality of their life.
Improve the quality of your life with Metapsychology Nov 25, 2006
Everyone wants to improve the quality of their life. In Life Skills, Ms. Volkman helps us to determine what our values are, what goals we are looking for in our life, and how we are going to reach them. I had never heard of Metapsychology before reading this book, and found it to be very interesting. This book will help you feel better, happier and more accomplished. I think everyone who reads this book will learn and gain something from it.
Practical and Readable Guide for Growth Jul 30, 2006
Marian Volkman has created an excellent tool for inner growth. She presents simple, practical, and extremely useful skills anyone can use to improve one's self, relationships, and environment around them. Highly recommended.
On a daily basis I utilize an excellent concept I picked up from this book: I am able to embrace and appreciate the beauty in objects, people, and things around me without having to make them my possessions. This one concept has provided a great deal of serenity and peace. Just this one practical tool has changed my life. Practice all the exercises and reap the benefits that are in store for you.
Improve the Quality of Your Life Jun 21, 2006
This book is another in the Loving Healing Press "Exploration in Metapsychology Series." In "Life Skills" Marion Volkman provides models and tools for improving life toward a theoretical ideal. The author introduces and develops studies on the quality of life, traumatic stress, the emotional scale, understanding and improving relationships, a useful life model, success, the dark side of force, and awareness enhancers.
Each chapter contains exercises for contemplation and consideration. These exercises can be used in a group, with another individual, or alone. The time spent working with any or all of these exercises are well worth the time invested. You will begin to see positive changes in your life, your attitudes, and your relationships. The exercises offer practical ways to apply and assimilate the material personally.
The chapter summaries become a valuable tool for an immediate review of the core material of the chapter and for reference at a later time. The charts, sample worksheets, tables, and illustrations are excellent visuals to reinforce significant points or concepts. The book is carefully researched and well documented. The format is well organized and the text presented in an easy to follow natural flow.
On a personal note, I particularly appreciated the chapter on relationships. I now have a deeper understanding of relationships as well as how to strengthen and nurture them. Frequent use of the excellent glossary enhanced my understanding and the enjoyment of my reading.
This book should be read by therapists and their clients. It is also excellent reading for anyone seeking a higher awareness or for someone who is facing life changing decisions.