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  • By: Don Beck
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By: Don Beck
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It's starting to happen everywhere: in business, social, and spiritual circles. People are discussing whether they are dealing with a problem at a "green" level or how they can try to see things from a "yellow" perspective. What do these colors mean? They're all a part of Spiral Dynamics, a sweeping view of human consciousness, taught by Dr. Don Beck, that has received Ken Wilber's "highest recommendation".

On Spiral Dynamics Integral, listeners will learn to master this vital method for unraveling the "complexity codes" of human psychology and transforming conflict into productive action.

©2006 Don Beck (P)2007 Sounds True

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a struggle

had to really filter throigh to get any value - a bit of a rambling - not a pleasant voice to listen to
hard to follow as an audiobook when talking so much about colors
overall disappointed

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a great way to get the toes in spiral

a great way to start your journey into the spiral why one of the original contribtors. RIP Don Beck

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This is a must read for everyone!

This book organised thoughts and views that I've had ever since I remember. It helped me understand others and myself better. It have me tips on how to approach people and situations more effectively. Thank you for your amazing work, Don Beck.

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Life changing

My mindset coach put me onto Spiral Dynamics. It’s an incredible book. It has changed how I see people and where they are on their behaviour and value journey. Please read.

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Very useful

I'm really glad I got this audio book and took the time to listen to it all. Don Beck's work is deeply insightful and helped me develop my understanding of Clare Graves' work and the Spiral Dynamics system. I use this system as part of my coaching work, and I will be recommending this book to others.

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I want more Don Beck on Audio - love his voice

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This information was rich and left me wanting more. Looking forward to learning more.

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  • Ivan
  • 08-08-2008

an excellent introduction

I have been exposed to bits and pieces of Spiral Dynamics and even at one point tried to read the book co-authored by Don Beck, (but found it too heavy going). I have found this audio really excellent. It already has me thinking differently about all sorts of things, reacting differently to people and looking seriously at the way I work.

It has also left me feeling quite optimistic. Here at last is a way of looking at the enormous difficulties that face human kind all over the planet that can offer practically useful ways to get ourselves out of the mess we are.

It does however, require an openness of mind obviously not available to all its reviewers! Not everyone will be able to "get it" (as the theory itself suggests), but for those ready for it, this could be the first step in a profound change in thinking that will allow us to become part of the solution instead of remaining part of the problem.

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  • Douglas C. Bates
  • 23-08-2019

Spiral Procrustean Bed

Have you ever encountered someone who has picked up some theory such as the MBTI or Enneagram, becomes obsessed with it and used it to explain everything?

Have you ever encountered an enthusiastic devotee of some unfalsifiable theory that strings together a few fairly obvious things all the while making the theory sound fabulous in its ability to explain almost everything, all the while ignoring the fact the things it explains are better explained by other theories?

Have you ever been subjected to a sales pitch by a salesman who is endlessly self-referential, gives circular answers, and who is pitching something that, by implication, if you buy it you are one of the moral and intellectual elite?

If you've not experienced these things, you will have by the time you have finished this book.

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  • Luis Fernandez Cervantes
  • 26-11-2007

Excellent complementary material

If you are already familiar with the details of SDi this material can be an excellent complement. Conversely, if you are new to this subject it may appear boring and technical and you should start with the book or something else.

Don Beck is not the best narrator but provides very good examples and insights about Spiral Dynamics.

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  • K. Janson
  • 20-08-2009

Highly Recommend

If you are curious about why we do what we do, this is a great resource. The lecture style and Clare Graves audio make this a wonderful audio book experience.

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  • Pasquale Lucio Scandizzo
  • 09-06-2010

The triunph of the trivial

This is really one of the worst audios to which I ever listened. It is empty, sanctimonious and boring. Based on very superficial analysis and historical generalizations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2010

beyond being green

This book is truly remarkable. It looks at different ways of thinking about the world, from a self centered perspective to a global perspective, and clearly demonstrates how things evolve.

Just as we grow, adults aren't better adolescents who are not better than babies, the book uses the same approach to talk about society and consciousness. It talks about what comes after the Green Movement. Fascinating!

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  • Mark
  • 22-07-2009

Brillant

An excellent book. The evolving systems concept of man in our bio-psy-social conext.

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  • Bett Bollhoefer
  • 25-08-2020

Mind Blowing insights into humanity

This book is critical for anyone who is curious about society and how it works. Spiral Dynamics not only explains why the world has the conflicts it does but also the hope looming on the horizon of how to make the world better. I am asking all my friends to read this book so we can have the terminology to find solutions today.

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  • Alejandro Barba Prieto
  • 19-08-2019

Amazing insights. Maybe a bit too complex

I liked a lot. Something completely different and new never heard about. It is hard to figure out how to apply the learnings in daily situations.

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  • heydannie
  • 30-07-2014

Like an old man getting up to reach for the paper

What disappointed you about Spiral Dynamics Integral?

The slow pace of it is painful. Like an old man telling you a story that drags on and you hope for a point, but you've tuned out already.

What was most disappointing about Don Beck’s story?

All the back story to start off with and not enough hook to keep your attention or want to care about the author.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He narrates like the story is written, dull and boring.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sleepiness. My body started to fail me as my arms felt 12 feet long and back muscles grew too tired to support my upper body.

Any additional comments?

This book was recommended, but oh my was it painful to try an continue reading.

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  • 23-05-2018

Mind blowing.

This genuinely changed my life. I will listen to it again and again. The concepts will make you think ‘Aha!’. Every sentence is full of meaning, with so many things to grasp and inspire. His voice is comforting and flows so well. This will be the best audiobook you ever listen to.

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  • JohNE0
  • 15-04-2015

Left me with a new paradigm, not a shift.

A Texan academic's narration of this series of his lectures, required me to have to listen hard. The pace of delivery had me hitting the 1.5 x speed button,but the accent does not take it.

The contents of these lectures are an excellent introduction to the subject, which is validated for me by the South African evidence.

Which should mean a Nobel prize, and probably explains why I had to listen to it several times, and will be buying the Kindle, as this deep subject may not be best presented in this format.

Deeply worthwhile

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  • Charlton
  • 16-06-2023

Spiral Wizardry

a wonderful exploration into the human condition, I am grateful to Drs Graves, Cowan and Beck for this truly insightful and important information to help me/us surf the spiral and benefit ours and others lives. highly recommend the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2023

just wow!

a must listen for all who can understand. I will educate myself more in this matter and help to educate others to the best of my ability concerning the importance of spiral dynamics. greetings from Belgium. Peter

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  • Allan Paterson
  • 24-12-2021

Best Book of 2021

This is the best book I've read in 2021. I think you will enjoy it if you have an open mind and read it too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-2020

Highly recommended as a starter on the topic!

Well structured and presented. The practical application parts became too anecdotal and repetitive for me at times. The outlining of the theoretical framework was enlightening throughout.

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  • Mark Butler
  • 27-09-2019

Good points but...

...they are covered in more standard texts. Some things to agree with but the way it is explained and presented is off putting if you are looking for some real view of how the world works.

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  • Robert
  • 18-07-2019

Extraordinary.

This js by far the best book that I have ever read/listened to. Well, now I have to actually re-read the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2019

Gaining a better understanding of ourselves

I could listen to the wisdom a gentle tones of Don Beck for hours.

Absolutely fascinating what is presented.

I look forward to learning more, but importantly better understanding how i can work with this material to improve myself and cascade this into society.

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  • Jaroslav Dokoupil
  • 02-07-2018

Essential for change makers

Visionary, practical, essential and comprehensive resource for 21st century change makers. Let’s do the change the world needs done.

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