Self Help Stories: A therapist's stories to teach, heal and inspire change by J MacgregorSelf Help Stories: A therapist's stories to teach, heal and inspire change by J Macgregor

Self Help Stories: A therapist's stories to teach, heal and inspire change

byJ Macgregor

Paperback | November 18, 2017

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Want to change your life, but don't know where to begin? This collection of powerful therapeutic stories will help, heal, motivate and inspire your journey to self-improvement and greater happiness.


The human brain is hardwired for story, not facts. 

Allegories, parables, metaphors, anecdotes and fables — the way we learn best is to find the nuggets of wisdom, truth and inspiration tucked inside an unforgettable story. The powerful therapeutic tales in this collection will guide, heal, and motivate your journey to self-improvement and personal growth.

Baboons, pumpkins, red kettles, elephants, dandelions, scorpions, sinking ships, rebel planets, and toddlers at the wheel — these fun fables and fascinating tales contain profound lessons to help you lead a healthier, happier and more meaningful life.

More than just a collection of inspirational anecdotes, each short chapter comes with:

• Questions to challenge and stimulate your thinking about the topic; 
• A short story with a clear message;
• A simple analysis so that you can understand the relevance for your life; 
• A set of practical action steps and tips which you can follow to make constructive changes in the way you think, feel, behave and relate to others;
• A short and sharp takeaway to help you remember the lesson.

Reading the stories, absorbing the messages, and implementing the recommended action steps will help you to:

• Change your negative, “stinking thinking” to more positive, helpful, constructive ways of thinking;
• Learn ways of processing difficult and destructive emotions;
• Increase your self-respect and assertiveness;
• Boost your motivation to improve your life;
• Deal with and let go of bad experiences in the past that still negatively impact on your present;
• Cultivate a happier and more positive attitude;
• Improve your self-concept and increase your self-esteem;
• Understand the debilitating impact of anxiety and depression on your life, and begin tackling these problems;
• Find the personal blind spots that prevent you from seeing yourself and your relationships clearly;
• Address bad habits;
• Steer your life actively and effectively;
• Identify and prioritize your life goals, and start taking practical action to achieve them, and
• Understand why changing yourself can be difficult, and how to minimize the resistance you’ll experience from others when you embark on your process of self-improvement.

Joanne Macgregor is a Counselling Psychologist with over twenty years’ experience in therapy and training. In her psychology practice, she uses these compelling, relatable stories as metaphors to help her clients grasp challenging truths and inspirational messages. Written in plain, simple language without confusing jargon, the stories and their lessons pull no punches.

If you are a therapist, you will find this book an invaluable aid in treating your patients.

These bite-sized stories offer no-nonsense advice, simple steps and practical suggestions. If you want to improve yourself and enrich your life, you’ll want to dive into these entertaining yet powerful stories today. 

Title:Self Help Stories: A therapist's stories to teach, heal and inspire changeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:170 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.39 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:November 18, 2017Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0639931790

ISBN - 13:9780639931791

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Table of Contents

Contents

The jacket story (self-esteem, respecting your worth)................................................................................ 5

Buffalo in the boma (containing negativity, positive thinking)........................................................................ 14

Fleas and elephants (learned helplessness, challenging false limits, negative beliefs, failure)......................................................................... 19

I can’t see you (living in denial, identifying and dealing with problems) ................................................................................. 27

Sinking ships (resistance to negativity, burnout, stress and overwhelm, self-care) .................................................................................. 33

Volume controls vs on-off switches (all-or-nothing thinking, perfectionism, motivation)................................................ 40

Two kinds of problems (boundaries, co-dependency, responsibility for self and others, assertiveness) ................................................................... 46

A glass of water (self-knowledge, managing emotions, response patterns, relaxation, positive thinking) ............................................................................... 56

The tender tooth (past wounds, visualization, self-healing, forgiveness) ............................................................................ 64

Dandelions in the sidewalk (Burnout, finding hope, positive focus) ............................................................. 72

The onion and the macaroon (assertiveness, self-love, saying no, boundaries) ......................................................... 80

When Mars goes rogue (resistance to change, sick systems) ................................................................... 88

The Labrador and the scorpion (toxic people, abuse, self-delusion, getting help) ...................................................... 97

A child at the wheel (dysfunctional beliefs, changing old patterns, childhood wounds, self-concept, empowering yourself) ...................................................................... 105

Red kettle surprise (kindness, positivity, gratitude) ........................................................................ 114

Crabs in a bucket (sabotaging change, limiting success, zero-sum thinking, abundance mindset, assertiveness) .......................................................................... 123

The magic question (goals, short-term vs long-term planning, decision-making, action-orientation) ...................................................................... 135

Baboons and pumpkins  (staying stuck, attachment to dysfunction, letting go, changing habits) ................................................................ 142

Splinters — the gift of pain (learning from pain, emotional wounds, self-neglect) .......................................................... 150

A jar of stones and sand (priorities, enriching your life, wasting vs managing time) ................................................................ 153

A freezing sneeze (self-care, slowing down, listening to your body) ..........................................................................

Editorial Reviews

"Nuggets of pure gold!" " This is an incredible book. It seems simplistic. It’s easy to read. You can read one story or ten. Yet, the therapeutic principles and personal exercises are sophisticated and nuanced. This book should be in every doctor waiting room, clinic, and school resource center. It’s simply that helpful." - Verified reviewer"This book is a fantastic read for anyone looking to understand themselves better, work through both old and new issues, hang ups or baggage, and discover ways to overcome the things that are holding them back in a non threatening, safe way. Whether you are just beginning the process or have spent time in therapy before, there is so much to gain from this book."