The Breakout Principle: How to Activate the Natural Trigger That Maximizes Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity and Personal Well-Be
Herbert Benson, William Proctor. Scribner Book Company, $25 (336pp) ISBN 978-0-7432-2397-3
In this well researched follow-up to the bestselling The Relaxation Response, which was first published in 1975, Benson and his co-author Proctor detail the intricate relationship between mind and body to uncover what they call a revolutionary""fundamental self-transforming principle""--the self-help solution to end all self-help solutions. The Breakout Principle holds that through a series of practiced mental and physical activities, an individual can achieve higher levels of self-awareness, creativity, productivity, athleticism, rejuvenation and personal enlightenment, as well as escape the stress and anxiety that can often block personal progress. Not the panacea it might seem, this method is a four-step method of tackling challenging life circumstances that begins with the struggle phase, followed by a""letting go,"" or mental release of the problem, and then by a Breakout experience (when you're completely released from familiar but unproductive thought patterns), and ending with a""new-normal"" (i.e., enhanced) state of being. Benson and Proctor give plenty of""release triggers,"" including meditating, jogging, folding laundry and looking at nature, that may assist in bringing readers to a mentally freeing""peak experience."" Anecdotes and case studies pad the text, and fairly extensive empirical evidence gives it weight. This may not be the cure-all the subtitle promises, but it's a good resource for anyone seeking a new path to self-understanding.
Reviewed on: 03/01/2003
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