The Mind Gym: Relationships Paperback – 8 Jan 2009
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A step-by-step guide to improving the relationships in your life, whether it's with a difficult parent, a moody child, a bullying boss or a cheating lover. With tips, questionnaires and psychological techniques, The Mind Gym: Relationships will help you solve even the trickiest problem (That's Life)
This handy book is the third in a bestselling series and is packed with innovative tips and techniques to help you do just that and transform your everyday life (Lighter Life)
What's next? The Mind Gym (Newsweek)
Success without the sweat (FINANCIAL TIMES)
The third book from The Mind Gym. Whether it's the boss, clients, friends or lovers, getting relationships right matters. This book shows how to make yours shine.See all Product description
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This is a book of understanding and commonsense at a level we forget to think!
If you're serious about any level of interaction in life or the workplace - this book must be on your shelf.
It's full of fascinating insights from positive psychology (the useful side of psychological research) and offers practical tips, tools and techniques to help someone improve just about any relationship. This book is a must have.
The breadth of content covered is astounding and their advice is just as relevant for relationships at work as those at home. There are tips for rebuilding broken bonds, dealing with office politics and overcoming shyness, techniques for turning arguments around and building trust, and even a chapter on how to be charming. Pretty much whatever your problem, this book has answers that can help you make progress.
I particularly liked the chapters on dealing with tricky people and breaking patterns of conflict [something I have seen a marked increase of since the start of the recession. In my working life I've encountered my fair share of tricky people, but was often a little lost when it came to tackling the worst offenders.
Here, the Mindgym show their trademark blend of terrific scientific insight and colourful writing style to give you clearly identifiable characters such as "Betty the Control Freak" and "Oscar the Charmer". You get a clear description that allows you to spot your colleagues (and if you have your eyes open, even yourself!), accompanied by practical ways to deal with them. There were a number of genuine `Aha moments' for me. This has helped me handle challenging situations better and also avoid more of them completely.
The chapter on conflict handling was also excellent. It explains the different modes that we adopt during conflict, such as avoidant, competing and accommodating and how to switch modes so that you can reach a resolution. This could save you countless hours in fruitless deadlock with colleagues and even family members.
What impresses me most about this book is the stunning amount of psychological research that supports its easily applicable suggestions and insights. Rigorous academic research transformed into entertaining advice is something I have come to expect from The Mind Gym, and this book doesn't disappoint.
I would heartily recommend this to anybody. You'll use it time and again- at work and at home. Stunning stuff.
This isn't the only useful chapter, it has really helped me take control of some tricky relationships I had at work and spot when I'm getting into psychological games. Thanks Mind Gym for a brilliant book - I need to buy it for a few more people I know!
In true style to the Mind Gym concept overall, the book is full of entertaining and interesting content, summarising various scientific behavioural and/or social psychology studies in a very accessible language and offering plenty of excercises and practical tips on each section/topic discussed. There are also self-assessment tests you can do to identify what areas of relationships/topics you might want to focus more on.
I've only tried part of the practical exercises in the book, and think they're usually quite good fun. Some have been quite a reality-check, in terms of showing just how tricky it can be to maintain motivation and to stick to doing them (which in turn I suppose is a helpful insight as it gives you a more realistic idea of just how tough behaviour and thought change can be, if you don't maintain the time and effort to implement tbem!)
I'd say this book could probably best be described as falling into the 'self-improvement' or 'increased self-awareness' category. If you fancy reading something that's interesting, easily accessible and practically targeted with regards to human behaviour and how we relate to one another, this book is recommended.