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Find Your Power: a Toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change by [Johnstone, Chris]
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Chris approaches the challenge of changing things, whether in your life or the world, as a journey or adventure. In adventures, you expect to bump into things, obstacles are part of the course. But when there's too much in the way, and it seems too difficult, we tend to think of the change as beyond our power. At this point, rather than give up or feel defeated, Chris takes us on a different route: he invites us onto the quest of finding our power. By strengthening our ability to rise to challenges, motivate ourselves, find ways through blocks and design more enjoyable approaches to what we do, it becomes possible to open up new pathways forward. --From the Foreword by Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Movement

This brilliant and practical book is a call to liberation: it frees us to discover, use, and enjoy the powers life has given us --Joanna Macy, Author, World As Lover World As Self

I have read many, many books relating to the concepts of personal power/change, and I think this is by far the most helpful and useful. --Patricia Gaya Wicks, Lecturer in Leadership Studies, University of Exeter

About the Author

With a background in medicine, psychology and group work, Dr. Chris Johnstone is a specialist in the psychology of positive change. After working for many years as an addictions specialist in the UK health service, he now focuses on teaching, training and writing. Johnstone has been active in the Transition movement, contributing to a chapter on the psychology of change in The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins, and has pioneered the application of the positive psychology approach in health-care, within organisations and in adult education. He edits the online newsletter The Great Turning Times.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1496 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications (26 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EDMOVY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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There are several theories of depression in circulation at any one time but a theme that recurs in many of them is that of powerlessness. This is particularly true of the concept of "learned helplessness", where depressed people can actually give up any hope of making an impression on the world, however modest.

If Chris Johnstone's book had a subtitle, it could almost be "unlearning learned helplessness". For it is the notion of finding the power to shape your own destiny that is at its core. In this sense, the new image on the cover of this revised edition is instructive. Rather than the long road ahead of the first edition, it now shows the silhouette of a climber attempting the ascent of a rock face.

Anyone who has tried even the most basic attempt on a boulder room will know that there is always a tension between the fear of falling and the aggressive tenacity needed to keep going up. Though in no way an advocate of such aggression, the book does attempt to bolster the tenacity and resilience necessary to make upward progress.

And it is in this constant invitation to take action, to express your power, that "Find Your Power" is most compelling. Of particular value is the "dream cycle", which breaks down the process of idle fantasising into a series of practical steps that move you closer to making your dreams a reality.

This may seem like obvious stuff, but the paradox of powerlessness is that by not fully clarifying what we want to achieve, we are kept in a state of vague unknowing that makes us less likely to achieve it.

Overall, there is a feeling as you progress through the book, that it instinctively feels right. The tone is gentle and encouraging and almost entirely positive.
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This book is wonderful. I especially love chapter 11, which I read at a time when I was feeling quite negative about the myriad climate change related issues facing us these days. After reading 'Find Your Power' I felt a lot more positive and empowered...and have learned to see how a crisis really can be transformed into a turning point, not only for individuals, but for whole communities and perhaps the entire human race.

Chris Johnstone has drawn from his experience as an addictions specialist, his work over more than two decades with deep ecologist Joanna Macy, his work in the field of positive psychology and his background in campaigning and activism. The tools contained within this book really did help me find the power within to face the challenging times ahead with renewed positivity, optimism and strength....and it has now taken up permanent residence on my bedside table.
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Chris Johnstone's latest edition of 'Find Your Power' is an essential book for anyone interested in creating positive change, on both a personal and planetary level. As a senior mental health practitioner working in higher education, I regularly recommend this to students I see who are struggling with low self esteem, depression, anxiety and addictions. What is particularly excellent about this book is that it offers a wide range of helpful theoretical concepts (underpinned with recent ideas from psychology and science) as well as practical tools which are easy to apply to daily life. I especially like the 'self help SSRI' model where 'Strategies, Stregths Resources and Insights' offers a much needed and refreshing alternative to the usual associated meaning of SSRI's(i.e. antidepressants).

Unlike your usual self help book, which can be rather over focussed on 'personal empowerment', what is refreshing, inspiring and visionary about this book is it's inclusion of wider planetary issues, reminding the reader how their sense of power is embedded in their intrinsic connection and interdependence with life. This book has not only been essential to my work as a coach, therapist, trainer and facilitator but has also strengthened my ability to respond to the concerning global and ecological crisis we face as humans.
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From his wealth of experience in the fields of addiction counseling, positive psychology and as a leader of workshops in how to respond to global issues such as climate change, Chris offers us with this book a veritable treasure chest of practices and techniques for the 21st Century! From identifying our deeper purpose, feeling empowered and taking action, through dealing with setbacks and blocks, to seeing our life as part of a larger story and developing the motivational skills and commitment required to keep going- Chris gently guides us to a place where we are equipped to stay in for the `long haul' and live the life of our highest potential. A book for anyone who strives to follow the counsel of Gandhi to "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Chris, in the spirit of Joseph Campbell, brings our lives into focus as a great adventure akin to all the great mythological stories. I love the sense of grandeur and excitement which this gives me in viewing my own life's path, and the practical tools Chris offers at every stage of the journey- such as identifying our call to adventure and dealing with `threshold guardians' (the mythological troll on the bridge etc). The book explains everything in clear and simple terms and it is so inspiring I have found myself eagerly applying the many tips and tools Chris shares.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough- do yourself a favour and buy it! I'm certain it will be a constant companion on my own life's quest to realize my highest vision of the life I am here to create.
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