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Desperately Seeking Self: An Inner Guidebook for People with Eating Problems (None) Paperback – 5 Dec 1997

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  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Gurze Books (5 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093607728X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936077284
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Desperately Seeking Self is a guidebook for people with eating problems that uses an unique approach - a conversation between a client and therapist - to call on the spiritual self which is in all of us. For when we awaken to our true natures, life takes on precious meaning, and we become our own agents for healing and positive change. This conversation answers such basic human questions as: Why do I have this illness? Who am I to think that I deserve better? How will my life be different when I awaken to a deeper level? What exactly is a transformation?

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For 10 years I was lost in the world of my eating disorder and then in 1988, I met Viola Fodor, a psychotherapist. She spoke to me about many things, such as true self, inner wisdom, meaning in life. What she told me helped me to turn my life around and heal completely from my eating problem. She's now encapsulated the essence of her teachings in this remarkable book, which doesn't talk about acting as if you're okay or positive affirmations. No, this book deals with the process of real profound change. The kind that happens from the inside out. The kind that leads you to your true self. It tells you how to tap this essential process (and we all have this capacity) so it stays with you forever, guiding you through the most difficult challenges in your life, including an eating problem.
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I have read the first edition of this remarkable book by Viola Fodor. I highly recommend it to all those who wish to learn more about themselves and how to deal with their inner feelings. Having an eating disorders is not the only reason to seek out this book. All of us can be guided by it. I look forward to seeing the next edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read it! 18 Jun. 2013
By RenownedReader - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a new book, but the information in it is very helpful, and I feel it is still very timely for anyone dealing with eating issues. Ms. Fodor gives the reader a lot to think about, and I found her point of view very helpful. She presented some ideas and insights that I would not have thought of on my own, and that was worth the price of the book to me. I'd recommend this to anyone who is struggling with eating/food issues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but repetitive 29 April 2013
By Love4FitnessLove4Food - Published on Amazon.com
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I found it very comforting to read this book. It was extremely repetitive and a bit irritating at times but overall I really liked how the book addressed the underlying issues related to self-hate and self-destructive behaviors. I still cannot sit quietly with myself but I am working on it. I think I'll read the book again actually!
56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique contribution to eating disorders literature 4 Dec. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For 10 years I was lost in the world of my eating disorder and then in 1988, I met Viola Fodor, a psychotherapist. She spoke to me about many things, such as true self, inner wisdom, meaning in life. What she told me helped me to turn my life around and heal completely from my eating problem. She's now encapsulated the essence of her teachings in this remarkable book, which doesn't talk about acting as if you're okay or positive affirmations. No, this book deals with the process of real profound change. The kind that happens from the inside out. The kind that leads you to your true self. It tells you how to tap this essential process (and we all have this capacity) so it stays with you forever, guiding you through the most difficult challenges in your life, including an eating problem.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful walk through the shadowlands of our minds 26 Oct. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read the first edition of this remarkable book by Viola Fodor. I highly recommend it to all those who wish to learn more about themselves and how to deal with their inner feelings. Having an eating disorders is not the only reason to seek out this book. All of us can be guided by it. I look forward to seeing the next edition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely done - soothing and relaxing to read 23 Mar. 2016
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This is a very lovely book which will speak eloquently to those especially ready for its message.

I really appreciate the author's candor in discussing her own experiences and recovery. Her sensitivity to things hidden deep inside is touching, and her emphasis on the importance of quiet time is very, very valuable. Quiet time as she defines it is not necessarily formal meditation or anything taking that degree of discipline. Quiet time activities can be anything that helps slow the mind down so that one can hear deeper longings, become aware of more effective solutions to problems, and just rest in silence. She discusses the difference between white knuckle will power and strength of will that comes from a very different, more centered place. One criticism that some people might have is that the book doesn't offer specific suggestions about changing eating habits; it focuses more on underlying attitudes, as she assures the us over and over that the real solutions to these problems lie deep (that word again!) inside us, and we do have the resources to help ourselves, if we will only listen.

Again, this is a lovely book. Little breaks for quiet time through the day are so comforting. I imagine it would appeal to followers of authors like Geneen Roth. Recommended.
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