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The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Powerby Patricia A. O'gorman
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Women of all ages want to make others happy--it's just in a woman's nature, isn't it? But what happens when that "need to please" goes wrong, and a woman keeps pushing herself harder while simultaneously ignoring her own needs? What happens when a woman begins to think self-sabotaging girly thoughts--thoughts like If only I was thinner . . . younger . . . prettier . . . was into kinkier sex . . . ? What happens when relationships sour and the trauma is carried into subsequent relationships?
Noted psychologist and author Dr. Patricia O'Gorman answers these questions for today's generation of women. This groundbreaking book reveals how girly thoughts are just conclusions women reach as a way of making sense of the trauma they've experienced and the resulting codependency issues they grapple with. They need to be reminded from time to time of the saying that while legendary dancer Fred Astaire received top billing, "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels."
Whether dealing with family members, coworkers, intimate relationships, or a best friend, when a woman feels "less than" she often misses the path toward achieving her true potential. Blaming herself for what someone else has done to her is, sadly, a common theme among women, but Dr. O'Gorman shows how this reaction is merely how women have been conditioned to respond--then provides the tools they need to break the cycle and become more resilient.
Resilience, according to Dr. O'Gorman, is the part of us that celebrates cycles: it looks forward to new beginnings and back to past lessons. Using this life-long lens, readers will learn valuable ways of looking at their interpersonal relationships and will acquire tools to become more resilient,
"O'Gorman (Dancing Backwards in High Heels) distinguishes her second book on the topic of women and resilience by introducing the concept of 'girly thoughts' — essentially a woman's thoughts on her limits and standards as informed by her family, friends, and greater society. While O'Gorman makes some astute observations, her manual's bulky 'warming up' section hampers the flow by over-explaining the easily grasped concepts of resilience and girly thoughts. Followed by a robust self-test, the breakdown of resilience styles into paradoxical, stellar, overwhelmed, self-contained, underdeveloped, and balanced is both cohesive and to-the-point. However, it takes nearly half the book to shift into the promised 'seven steps to personal power'. As with the forerunning text, this section is peppered with brief, yet worthwhile, case studies and journal prompts. These prompts, which could prove beneficial to readers tracking their own progress toward resilience, are often weighed down by unnecessary instructions and commentary. This manual hits its high note in such concise, concrete features as 'Walk on the Wildside', which provides specific advice for staying in tune with one's positivity. The originality factor of O'Gorman's self-empowerment guide — an overall pleasant read brimming with common-sense advice — lies primarily in phrasing and framing rather than in content. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Patricia O'Gorman, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Albany, and Saranac Lake, New York, is noted for her work on women, trauma, and substance abuse and for her warm, inspiring, and funny presentations that make complex issues accessible and even fun. She has served as a consultant to organizations in preventative and clinical strategic planning. Dr. O'Gorman is a cofounder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and she has held positions ranging from clinical director of a child welfare agency to interim director of a crime victims organization to director of the division of prevention for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She is a veteran of numerous television appearances, including Good Morning America, Today, and AM Sunday. She is the coauthor of Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting: The Codependency Connection, The Lowdown on Families Who Get High, 12 Steps to Self-Parenting for Adult Children, 12 Steps to Self-Parenting Workbook, Teaching About Alcohol, and Breaking the Cycle of Addiction, as well as numerous articles in magazines, including Addiction Today, Counselor, and Recovery
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