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Choices And Illusions: How Did I Get Where I Am, And How Do I Get Where I Want To Be? Paperback – 6 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (26 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401918530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401918538
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 827,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eldon Taylor has made a lifelong study of the human mind and has earned doctoral degrees in psychology and metaphysics. He is a diplomate with the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) and a nondenominational minister. Eldon was a practicing criminalist for over ten years while completing his education. He supervised and conducted investigations and testing to detect deception. His earliest work with changing inner beliefs was conducted from this setting, including a double-blind study conducted at the Utah State Prison from 1986 to 1987. Eldon is president and director of Progressive Awareness Research, Inc.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheena on 1 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
Regarding Choices & Illusions in one shade of light as a manual for life; teaching the basics about prioritising what's really important, steering you to look deep inside yourself to comprehend the message from your subconscious about what type of nourishment you need to "feed your soul" for your own personal satisfying mental stimulation, and homing in on those things which will please you; this book really has the ability to talk to YOU.

I am generally somewhat of a sceptic when it comes to topics like this; what I cannot prove I have no reason to believe. Also, being British, I have a natural tendency to be quite critical of Americans when they use the term "quantum physics" when describing the soul and God...

I did find that Choices & Illusions has the ability to provide a greater insight into and understanding of your life, and what you want out of it, no matter which stage you are at. It is written in such a way that it can apply to anyone. You really can choose to take out of it whatever you will, thus creating a positive impact on your outlook of life.

It doesn't rely on the use of traditional scientific methods and jargon to explain concepts, but rather exploits Dr Eldon Taylor's personal experiences, and also the experiences of others. This style allows the reader to relate to similar occurrences in his/her life and helps him/her a great deal therefore in understanding the point and seeing the sense in it.

The overarching point of the book is that you have complete power over your own mind, and you really can do whatever you want to do and create your own happiness out of any situation you might find yourself in. I cannot argue with this statement; although it may seem obvious to some, it's quite amazing how the majority of the population (particularly in the West) fail to realise the significance of such an important message.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 July 2007
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This illuminating book explores self-imposed boundaries in our thinking, the mechanics of perception, consciousness, subliminal communication and how real change is possible. Because of limited thinking, most people do not realize that they have a wider range of choices available. This is discussed in chapter 1 and explained bmple illustrations and exercises.

Chapter 3 deals with perception, illusions and the role of language in limiting our awareness, the mind's habit of making non-existent connections and of missing the obvious. The failures of the mind can be used against us by for example subliminal advertising. The next chapter briefly covers psychological defense mechanisms like denial, fantasy formation, introjection, isolation, projection, regression, repression and sublimation.

In chapter 5, the author discusses the brain hemispheres, the history of subliminal communication and its practical application. A model of mind and behaviour is provided in the next, plus a discussion of the power of forgiving and the benefits of giving, while chapter 7 deals with the famous Judas Priest trial of two teenagers who shot themselves after repeatedly listening to a track from the Stained Class album by that metal band.

Subsequent chapters investigate mind as a non-local event, the power of belief, and empathy and unconditional love as the way to build self-esteem. The chapter titled Change discusses character and how it is formed. This chapter includes an interview with neurologist Dr Christian Enescu plus many testimonials of people who have benefited from Dr Taylor's subliminal programs.

The book concludes with a discussion of the awesome power of the mind and revisits the ways of overcoming limitations in awareness.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Book Maven on 24 Oct. 2007
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I had great expectations of this book. Upon reading it, however, I feel let down. Firstly, Taylor's writing is undisciplined and repetitive, so the reader leafs through the book unable to figure out where one line of thought ends and another starts. The impression is that of a manuscript that was not revised or edited. Secondly, the insights Taylor reports as resulting from latest scientific studies have, in fact, been bandied about from time immemorial, e.g., mind-over-body and the power of positive thinking. Thirdly, the Pollyannish philosophy endorsed by the author when he eventually gets to it (around chapter 9) is too trite to merit serious consideration by anyone too old for Sunday school. Taylor spends so much time telling us how great he is and how grand are his insights that there is no room for the reader's own insights or criticism. And to cap all this amateurishness every noun Taylor disagrees with is prefaced with the adjective 'so-called'. The so-called author of this so-called book pumps hard to convince his readers (so-called?), but there is no substance below all the bluster and self-hype. I would advise against waisting either time or money on this book when so many quality inspirational and motivational titles are available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. J. De Maziere on 20 Aug. 2009
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As with all books there will be those who like it and those that dont, for me this book is a joy to read, as a clinical hypnotherapist I found a lot of usefull information in it as I did with the authors other book Mind Programing.It does give you the opportunity to reflect on just what choices we do make and why, true there are some "me" storys in it but I feel that these only add to the overall subject, after all we all like to hear of peoples personel experiances. My advice buy the book and read it I think you will find that you gain some very useful information from it.
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