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Instant Analysis: How to understand and change the 100 most common, annoying, puzzling, self-defeating behaviours and habits [Paperback]

David J. Lieberman
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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press; 1st St. Martin's Griffin Ed edition (2 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312194668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312194666
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers practical suggestions and strategies for transforming one hundred of the most common self-defeating behaviors and habits, including fear of failure, eating disorders, procrastination, and superstition.

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all human beings... 19 May 1999
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Bringing psychology into plain English, Dr. David Lieberman offers a wealth of information that is useful for every reader. No one is immune from the emotional fragilities that accompany life. While some people are more stable than others, each individual has experienced certain fears and self-doubts. Leiberman artfully addresses many of these circumstances by identifying the problem, analyzing the situation and offering several solutions. The main text, which is divided into 100 easy to read and understand chapters, teaches the reader to overcome his or her self-defeating habits. Lieberman states, "By becoming aware of your behavior, thoughts and feelings, you make visible the process and gain the ability to see the harm." Thus, when one is able to indentify and admit self-defeating habits, one has taken the first step to conquering the problem, and is on the road to wellness. Lieberman states that the objective here is to break up the negative mental routine and break free from conditioned thought patterns. As he writes, "This is accomplished by looking objectively at specific behaviors that usually go unnoticed or unexamined. As you begin to question these behaviors, you will get in the 'habit' of not being in the habit." How does one identify these unnoticed behaviors? Dr. Lieberman does the work for the reader. By looking through the 100 chapters, the reader will be able to indentify with certain circumstances that he or she may not have noticed, because the self-defeating behavior has become habit. For example, several chapters include: "Why do I always stare at myself in the mirror?" "Why am I so absent-minded?" "Why am I so easily discouraged? Read more ›
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best self help books I've ever read 7 Dec 1998
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I admit it. I've spent the better part of the past twenty years trying to find out why I think and do the things I do. Instant Analysis has done more for me than any other book, video, tape, or seminar ever has. It's clear and concise and best of all gave me short-term techniques that I was able to apply instantly. I'm not saying that I'm 'cured' but I feel much better about myself and life and feel like I've come so far--and it has only been about three weeks since my first read through. This book delivers and it's the best of its kind out there. If you want to feel better about life and yourself I say buy it and read it as soon as you can.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beat Analysis Paralysis and Become More Content 31 Mar 2004
Time-poor clients frequently ask for an easy to read guide to the analysis of self-defeating behaviours and this is one that I recommend for several reasons.
1 Lieberman is very clear about the intended audience for Instant Analysis. “Most people are almost happy. They’re so close to being the kinds of people they want to be, living the kinds of lives they want to live, yet they are stuck in a mental rut.”
2 Lieberman acknowledges the difficulties of direct introspection and concentrates on assisting the reader by “cutting away the clutter” and illuminating behaviours that have become an automatic response mechanism.
3 Lieberman has a plain and engaging writing style. The nutshell summaries are well-written and provide a good overview of the topics. The suggestions for change are simple, powerful, and (notionally) easy to implement.
The analysis of each self-defeating behaviour is in three parts:
1 A concise description of particular behaviours, attitudes, and feelings that are consistent with the troublesome automatic responses.
2 A discussion of the response that includes plausible reasons for its creation and existence.
3 Simple techniques to force awareness of a response, and suggestions for changing the behaviour.
Why Do I Enjoy Being Angry?
Issue: Enjoyment of anger and a reluctance to calm down and lose the sensation of power and vitality.
Discussion: Anger is usually a mask for fear and vulnerability. Anger can be a strong emotion that you feel in an otherwise numb existence. You may feel that no one pays attention to you unless you compel it. You may also enjoy getting angry because it makes you feel powerful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this book!

Most self-help books are either too general or don't offer practical solutions.

Without the usual psycho-babble this book explains in plain english the motivations for annoying common behaviors and gives you the tools to change them.

I can relate to this book because it has examples from every-day life.

I've already ordered 6 copies for my friends and FAMILY!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun to read! 8 April 1998
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I saw the author on TV and he was so good looking I wanted to see how the book was. And it was great. A shallow motivation for buying it, but I thought it was fascinating. On TV the author said that the book has been translated into Chinese and Russian. I guess we all need a little self-help. But all in all, anyone who wants to know why they do the things they do will really enjoy it. I've read many many self-improvement books and this was one of the best.
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Published on 30 Nov 2010 by Mrk1
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and superficial
At a quick glance it can seem very insightful. When you actually study it closely you can see how full of generalisations it is. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by The Emperor
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh???
All I have to say is hmmmm....not at all what I thought it would be, nor for what I'd hoped. I think the term is more or less back seat driving? Very generic, fly-by ummm??? Read more
Published on 23 July 2008 by Kitty Clinton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it was
This is a self-help guide, not a book on how to deal with others as I thought it might be. Had I known what it was about I would probably have given more stars. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2007 by C. C. Chivers
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sensible
This book contains 100 insightful and useful tips to lead a better life. My only quibble is that I would have liked more depth on the causes of maladaptive behaviours. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars insightful, concise, and fun
An easy to read and understand book. anyone who thinks they have some issues regarding themselves should read this before seeking professional help. Read more
Published on 27 May 1999
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