The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams

Debbie Ford, Author, Wendy Carlton, Editor, Neale Donald Walsch, Foreword by
Debbie Ford, Author, Wendy Carlton, Editor, Neale Donald Walsch, Foreword by Riverhead Books $21.95 (184p) ISBN 978-1-57322-096-5
Reviewed on: 06/01/1998
Release date: 05/01/1998
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Everyone possesses the entire range of human traits and emotions--""the saintly and the cynical, the divine and the diabolical, the courageous and the cowardly""--contends Ford, a faculty member of California's Chopra Center for Well-Being. The problem, as Ford (and Freud) define it, is that in growing up, people suppress those behaviors, thoughts, feelings and characteristics that are unacceptable within their particular environments. But rather than daily sessions on the couch, Ford advocates re-imagining and reclaiming lost aspects of self, urging readers to ""unconceal"" and embrace those traits buried in their ""shadow,"" in order to find their ""gift."" She offers exercises designed to bring such traits to the surface, including directed self-questioning; listing one's characteristics for closer examination of positives and negatives; and ""discharging toxic emotions"" physically. Her advice is often drawn from anecdotes of experiences with friends and in workshops that she has taught or attended, and from her own struggles with various aspects of her personality. What some will see as disarming simple methodology may seem shallow to those with a more analytical bent. But even those not looking for the ""Resistant Rita,"" ""Lovegirl Laurie,"" ""My-way Marvin"" or ""Competent Ken"" locked inside them may find him or her in spite of themselves. (May)
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