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Dark Side of the Light Chasers


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The major US bestseller which shows us how to acknowledge our so-called weaknesses - and turn them into strengths.

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The major US bestseller which shows us how to acknowledge our so-called weaknesses - and turn them into strengths.

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Debbie Ford conducts seminars on the dark side at the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California, where she is a consultant, teacher, and integral faculty member. She also leads her own day and weekend Shadow Process workshop nationwide. She lives in La Jolla with her son, Beau.


Everyone possesses the entire range of human traits and emotionsÄ"the saintly and the cynical, the divine and the diabolical, the courageous and the cowardly"Äcontends 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)

'In this profound book, Debbie Ford systematically outlines the steps to wholeness and transformation.' -- Deepak Chopra 'Debbie Ford guides us past the self-punishing patterns that often bind us. Her ideas are exceptionally compelling.' -- Marianne Williamson 'Debbie Ford teaches us to recognize, embrace, and ultimately love all aspects of ourselves. Highly recommended.' -- Dean Ornish

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