Stop Self-Sabotage: Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way

Judy Ho. Harper Wave, $26.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-287434-4
In this motivational debut manual for self-improvement, clinical psychologist Ho challenges readers to break the mental and emotional patterns that result in self-sabotaging behavior. Pessimistic thought patterns, or “self-sabotage triggers,” are rooted in biology, Ho explains, and have evolved to promote survival by helping humans identify danger and avoid threats. But in the modern era, these negative thoughts have become mental blocks that prevent personal growth by instilling fear of any discomfort or pain, resulting in behavior that is overly cautious, paranoid, or self-depreciating. In addition to instructions to help readers identify and counter those bleak thoughts and their resulting behaviors, Ho offers visualization techniques and exercises to help readers quit over-snacking, procrastinating, or avoiding difficult personal relationships, among other self-destructive behaviors. Ho cites numerous case studies gleaned from her clients to humanize the concepts, making complex cognitive functions relatable to the average reader. She also ends each chapter with activities to help readers implement her advice, such as breathing exercises and creating lists of goals. Ho’s motivating, empowering work will provide support and guidance to readers looking to overcome self-destructive habits. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 06/11/2019
Release date: 08/01/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-0-06-287438-2
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