Dorothy Rowe's Guide to Life Paperback – 3 Jun 1996
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From the Back Cover
The central theme of all Dorothy Rowe's work is that, while the world and ourselves might seem to be solid and real, the way in which we are constituted means that we can never know reality directly, only the meanings we have created about reality.
It is when we don't understand this, when we mistakenly think that we, our life and the world are fixed, unalterable parts of reality which we have to put up with and cope with as best we can, that we find we can't handle life's problems – we make mistakes, feel trapped, and often despair.
When we do understand it, we realise that we are free to change.
Dorothy Rowe has helped tens of thousands of people reach this understanding through her books on fear, depression and unhappiness. She had shown how, by understanding our nature, we can end our suffering. Her 'Guide to Life'
is a summation of this wisdom bur with more besides, for there is no end to self-understanding. Like all her books, it is clear and compassionate, witty and wise.
About the Author
Dorothy Rowe was born in Australia in 1930, and worked as a teacher and child psychologist before coming to England, where she obtained her PhD at Sheffield University. From 1972 until 1986 she was head of Clinical Psychology. She is now engaged in writing, lecturing and research, and is world-renowned for her work on how we communicate and why we suffer. Her books include ‘‘Wanting Everything’, ‘‘Beyond Fear’ and ‘‘Time On Our Side’.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book underlines an absolutely fundamental truth about life - it's what we 'interpret' it to be. Like professional photographers we carry round big lenses with which we view the world - the pictures we choose to see depend on our own feelings and experience.
If a friend chooses not to return a phone call, I can start thinking he's ignoring me - but it might be he didn't get the message, it might be that some big event is happening in his life, it might be he's on holiday, however most of the time we tend to make up a reason and act accordingly.
Although not happy with the concept of 'self-esteem', Dorothy Rowe defines something similar; 'The better you feel about yourself, the better the world and the future look. The worse you feel about yourself, the worse the world and the future look.'
I tried to put these ideas to work today. Instead of nursing a number of my gripes against individuals who I feel have 'let me down', I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. I can see the direct correlation between how I feel, and how I perceive the world to be.
The radical idea behind this book is that things like nervous breakdowns and depression do not have physical or chemical causes. They happen when our 'meaning structure' is seriously challenged.
That would explain why lots of people have a hairy time when they hit 30. It's then that they realise that many of the assumptions of adolescence are plain wrong.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book very much, and found it very useful as a source of ideas. The 'structure of meaning' model of the human mind is one that I suppose I have always pretty much had... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andy F
Good guide from Dorothy. Compliments much of her other worksPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this a a gift for a friend who is a trained counsellor. I haven't read the book myself but my friend said it was very helpful and easy to read for professionals and laymen.Published 4 months ago by Tigger1664
Dorothy is a good at spelling out emotional links to behaviour that is negative and how to try to change though patterns. A very good book.Published 12 months ago by Ninda
waste of a read and am an avid reader of all sorts.it beat around the bush from the beginning and kept up giving comparisons to inanimate objects. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2013 by Ruby
Comforting, thought provoking, and most importantly hopeful. Reading this book is like having a wonderfully wise friend on hand whenever you need her.Published on 3 Jan. 2013 by lisa phillips
This book does what it says on the cover. Excellent Reading for everyone, it illustrates how everyone can change: we don't have to follow the negative rules that we have learnt,... Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by Christine Gale