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Publisher's Summary

Just as alchemists sought to transform lead into gold, we all have the natural ability to transform moments of confusion and emotional pain into insightful clarity.

Lovingly, clearly, Tara Bennett-Goleman shows how most of what troubles us falls into 10 basic emotional patterns or schemas, including perfectionism, vulnerability, mistrust, and the fear of abandonment. Through schema therapy, she teaches us how to break free from such patterns and replace them with empathy for ourselves and others, and gives us the freedom to be more creative and alive.

Emotional Alchemy explores the latest research in cognitive therapy and neuroscience, including the "magic quarter-second": the moment in which it is possible for a thought to be "caught" before it turns into an emotional reaction; the moment in which we can reject a self-defeating emotional impulse. The program then powerfully combines this science with ancient Buddhist wisdom that guides us to end our self-destructive habits. These teachings include the meditative awareness of mindfulness: an awareness that lets us see things as they truly are without distortion or judgment, enabling us to change not only our lives, but the very structure of our brains.

Wise and pragmatic, gentle and inspiring, this is a liberating journey for those who wish to free themselves from suffering or help others on the way.

©2001 Tara Bennett-Goleman (P)2001 Books on Tape Inc., Published by Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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"May this very important and enticing book find its way into the hearts of readers near and far so that it can perform its mysterious and healing alchemy for the benefit of all." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)

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Awesome, incredible and life changing

Listen a few times over, this book is one for the rest of your life!

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  • Nxp
  • 06-03-2005

Abridged version was excellent.

Downloaded the 3 hour abridged version in Oct 2001 and found it helpful and interesting. The book gave an excellent account of how to recognize and deal with the powers of instinct. To recognize, as author puts it "schema behavior" is the essential first step in dealing with the behavior. I still think of the book often when confronting my own reactions and the reactions of others. Based upon the reviews posted above though, I guess there wasn't much to gain from listening to the 11 extra hours in the unabridged version.

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  • m r
  • 06-11-2014

Powerfully enlightening

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Terrific perspective on the effectiveness of using mindfulness meditation when dealing with schemas as they relate to thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The book addresses individuals using the methods on their own to improve themselves, or in counseling by combining the techniques with psychotherapy, or use within relationships with a partner or friend. It also offers it as a way to understand the thinking, emotions and behaviors of others through understanding their schemas. The voice of the narrator was pleasant to listen to, and I enjoyed the book from beginning to end.

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  • GoodValue
  • 15-02-2003

Emotional Alchemy

Too tedious to listen to. I had high hopes but the narration really lacked feeling.

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  • Martin Stoyanov
  • 24-01-2019

Must get

Great book with deep explained theory. Worth the time. opens questions for further mind development

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  • Lil Ms Joy
  • 17-12-2018

worthy investment

if you have a goal of healing life patterns that don't meet your goals, this book will help you safely shine a light into your darkest spaces.

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  • Rebecca
  • 26-11-2017

Excellent... well narrated

Highly rated as it was easily listened to, regarding content and narrative.
Enjoyed this!
I will definitely download other books by this author.

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  • despinne
  • 27-02-2003

Nice start but fades into new age-ness

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  • karen alexander
  • 22-06-2018

zzzzzzzzzzzzz.....SnoozeWorthy...amateur sound

Narration is terrible. Sound quality is terrible. This recording sounds like someone was sitting at their desk recording it on a laptop. Awful, flat, no inflection....she put me to sleep in about a minute. Just couldn't do it. Returned it. Yawn. Going to try the abridged version narrated by the author and see if it's any better quality.

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  • Andy
  • 15-06-2019

Very important book

Superbly weaved science and spirituality narrative. Warrants a second and third listening - at least! Hugely recommend this book.

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