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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862042632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862042636
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A practical guide to the complaint called "Achilles syndrome", which affects otherwise successful people who are concerned by the fear that they are really failures. The topics covered by the book include: how to recognize Achilles - identifying characteristics in oneself and others; Achilles learning - the student or trainee; Achilles at work - the executive; Achilles in love - mother/father/lover; and healing the Achilles syndrome.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2000
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This book is about why some highflying and sucessful people are crippled with fear. It also has interesting things to say about how the business world creates and maintains fear in its work force. Unfortunately the author of this book did not decide who her audience is. The book is part text book and part self help workshop. The Achilles learning chapter reads like a recycled accademic paper. The part of the book about self healing runs out of steam and is boring. This is a shame. The Achilles syndrom is something I have meet while working as a nurse, but have never had a name for it or guideline about it. This book had a good idea spoiled by poor editing. I would like this author to make a proper self help book. I wish this book had been up to the standare of "A courage to heal." A good work book about this subject is badly needed by some people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunniva on 26 May 2008
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The topic and themes are highly interesting and important. It really made sense to me and it might be that Clarkson is very close to some important and novel insights here. It is thus very frustrating that her messages and insights are made partly inaccessable. Some parts are good, but most of the text is badly organised and "messy". The book should have another round or two of re-writing! That said; I have not managed to find another text on these issues - so I stillre commend it to people interested in these topics. I have learned from it and found it helpful - but I wish Clarkson had made it easier for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. O'brien on 29 Sept. 2010
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I have found this book very useful and I can identify with many of the behaviours contained within the book.
I believe that books, whilst they may not have all the answers, contain some very
useful information, it's up to the reader of these books to take what they need and then look further.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A book all women should read 14 Nov. 2000
By Rennie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One does not have to be a high flying executive to read this book. An average working person and particularly women ( because women are more vulnerable to this state of mind either by upbringing or education or by social behaviour ), can really do their homework with this book.
Many of us let other people or our invisible inner critic dictate how we should bring up our children, for example, or what to wear or how to deal with Aunt So-and-So or how to clean the house, in all, how to live our lives to somebody else's standards.
It is true that this book requires some education. It's above the average morning show self help chat, but it's really worth reading for those serious about placing their own standards and getting to know themselves.
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