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The Emotional Energy Factor


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Mira Kirshenbaum is clinical director of the Chestnut Hill Institute in Boston. She has been a psychotherapist and researcher for over twenty-five years and is the bestselling author of five previous books, including Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay; Women & Love; Parent/Teen Breakthrough (with Charles Foster), and The Gift of a Year. Mira has been married to the same man since she was nineteen, and they have two grown children.


Emotional energy is "an aliveness of the mind, a happiness of the heart, and a spirit filled with hope"-and unfortunately, it's not always easy to come by. When we feel grouchy and lethargic, when we drag our heels through life and avoid treating ourselves to things we enjoy, then, writes psychotherapistKirshenbaum, we're likely suffering from emotional fatigue. And we're hardly alone: according to the National Institutes of Health, one individual in eight becomes saddled with a stubborn case of the blahs. In this upbeat and consumer-friendly how-to, the author of Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay strives to shrink that stat. By sharing real-life anecdotes and posing pointed questions-"Do you live in fear of other people's judgments?"; "[Do] you frequently compare yourself to others and feel resentful?"-Kirshenbaum helps readers identify the roots of their lethargy, and implement the appropriate strategies for regaining their spunk. Her solutions are straightforward (and perhaps easier said than done): Stop the negative thinking; focus on the positive. Envision yourself with pep; invest in what you can control. Like all self-help books, this volume should not be treated as a magical elixir, and Kirshenbaum is careful to advise readers whose fatigue may be associated with psychological or physical illness to seek professional help. But it may be enough to lift readers out of the doldrums, which makes the going worthwhile. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

"A lively and highly practical book, full of wisdom and pragmatic solutions. I will recommend it to both my clients and my friends."
--Susan Forward, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Toxic Parents and Emotional Blackmail

"An eye opening journey into the oft overlooked realm of what separates happy, successful, and fulfilled people from those who seem to struggle through life."
--Jason Theodosakis, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Arthritis Cure "Every woman I know needs the sound, simple, and satisfying advance Mira Kirshenbaum so effectively offers here. Read this life-changing book, and you'll not only release the negative emotions that are paralyzing your life-you'll also reclaim the positive energy necessary to add more joy to your days and vitality to your years. I highly recommend it!"
--Debra Waterhouse, M.P.H., R.D., author of Outsmarting Female Fatigue "Fascinating! I think people need to grasp the premise in this book that physical energy amounts to only 30% of total energy. 70% of a person's energy must come from emotional energy. All this untapped energy and we're not even tuned in. Everyone should read this book. Thyroid patients could especially be empowered with such knowledge."
--Kelly R. Hale, President, American Foundation of Thyroid Patients "Mira Kirshenbaum's latest book addresses the most important and least understood ingredient in maintaining high energy. This practical, easy to understand book takes cutting edge research and puts it in the hands and hearts of everyone who wants the opportunity for a high spirited life. Every patient I see asks me how to increase energy; Mira has provided the answer. Highly recommended".
--Arthur P.Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., author of The Power of Empathy "Mira Kirshenbaum's book brims over with emotional energy, providing clear access to the rich resources we all carry within us....I recommend this book to all of us who tend to feel deeply depleted by the demands and stresses of our busy lives."
--Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D., author of A Journey of Awakening and co-author of Judaism For Dummies

"THE EMOTIONAL ENERGY FACTOR is like a good night's sleep combined with a visit with a good friend--it reached me at a moment in need, and helped immeasurably. Who among us isn't trying to do too much? Who doesn't want and need more energy? This book is a must-read, offering the best answers I've seen anywhere. It is the true energy source for the 21st century!"
--Nicole Wise, co-author of The Over-Scheduled Child "Reading [this book] is like sitting down with a wise, caring, high-energy friend. You come away refreshed, rejuvenated, and inspired by dozens of new ways to re-energize yourself."
--Mary J. Shomon, author of Living Well With Hypothyroidism and Living Well With Autoimmune Disease

"This book arrived at such a good time for me. I was feeling emotionally drained with family things and so utterly depleted, but just sitting down with Mira's book brought tears to my eyes. It is so filled with kindness and understanding and encourages such self-compassion. What a wonderful, life-affirming book."
--Sandi Shelton, author of Preschool Confidential "Mira Kirshenbaum cuts to the chase in all her books-and she does so again in THE EMOTIONAL ENERGY FACTOR. She tells you everything you need to know about increasing emotional energy and using that energy to improve every area of your life-from relationships to career."
--Susan Bakos, author of Still Sexy "This book provides millions of Americans with the opportunity to live a productive and meaningful life. By utilizing the revolutionary tools to cultivate emotional energy, Mira Kirshenbaum has provided Baby Boomers with a clear strategy to cultivate self meaning. This is one of the best books on the topic I have read in years! Bravo! An incredible and insightful resource."
--Christopher L. Hayes, Ph.D., professor of Gerontology & Director, National Center for Women and Retirement Research, Long Island University-Southampton College

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