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I went through a really cool process listening to this. He said that most people can think of themselves in three parts: as an inner child, a nurturing parent and a critical parent, and most of us need to amp up the nurturing parent. He led an exercise in how to do that. He said to imagine the nurturing parent as having three (or more) components: a loving, cherishing part, like the best grandma anyone could every have, a cheerleading part that believes you can do anything, and a wise woman part who has perspective. He asks you to imagine each part in turn--to remember people you have known who’ve been this way to you—cherished you, believed in you, offered you wisdom--or to simply create in your mind a part like that, even visualizing the part as a person or feeling the effects in your body, making it tangible for you. Then, given the situation you’re in right now, imagine what each part in turn would say to you and experience in your body what it’s like to hear that, one by one. I'm a retired therapist and this really worked for me.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2015
I think Rick Hanson is great, and this is a fantastic program, very much an experiential, practice-as-you-go class (as an audio book). My issue with it is that, as a fan of Rick Hanson, I already am doing a more extended version of this course through his "Foundations of Well-Being" so this course is redundant. I mean, it's good material and is presented slightly differently, but is basically the same stuff. I'm writing this review just to advise others who may be in the FWB course that this is not markedly different from that.