It's OK to be Neurotic: Using Your Neuroses to Your Advantage Paperback – 12 Jul 2004
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About the Author
Frank Bruno, Ph. D. has taught for more than thirty years. He has worked as a psychotherapist and is the author of eighteen books on various psychological issues.
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The book is organized around twenty core strategies:
1. Recognize that it is really OK to be neurotic.
2. Work to lower your neurosis temperature.
3. Adopt the positive attitude that a neurosis is not an affliction, but a challenge.
4. Affirm that you can learn to cope effectively with neurotic disadvantages.
5. Learn to live with your neurotic advantages so that you can reap their harvest without paying to high a price.
6. Look upon your neurosis as something that you possess, not as something that possesses you.
7. Accept that bad habits are acquired and not part of your basic personality.
8. Seek ways to convert neurotic energy into creative accomplishments.
9. Turn your anxiety about your health into a positive psychological asset.
10. Work toward emotional closeness with your partner.
11. Change your ego defense mechanisms from emotional liabilities into life-enhancing assets.
12. Think about your life in psychodynamic terms.
13. Realize that we can learn to live relatively unafraid in a world we never made.
14. Look upon your neurotic disposition as an asset, not a liability, in your personal search for meaning.
15. Work to make a distinction between imaginary threats and real ones.
16. Act as if you are not depressed, and it will help your depression lift.
17. Recognize that neurotic anger is self-induced, manufactured by your thoughts and perceptions.
18. Challenge the idea that you need psychiatric drugs.
19. Look upon your neurosis as an asset, not a liability.
20. Make the seven pillars of emotional wisdom a part of your philosophy of life.
The text is readable and well-suited for anyone who would attempt self improvement in the face of one or more common neuroses. If you believe yourself to be too well-adjusted to benefit from it, take the change to confirm this diagnosis with the Neurosis Quiz on page 11.
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