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A Model for Living Paperback – 5 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906321825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906321826
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 804,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An essential, practical guide to modern life and relationships.

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We all care so much what people think about us and our looks are often our greatest source of insecurity. Just because someone is beautiful doesn’t mean he or she feels good about themselves. Modelling is like normal life; just a bit more intense and a bit more threatening. In actual fact most models don’t even consider themselves as "beautiful". They know they are lucky enough to be photogenic but they also know that they exist in a highly competitive environment where 50 models may go to a casting, but only one will get the job.

How much courage would it take to present yourself to a modelling agency and say not only "I take a great photo", but "Look at me, I’m as good or better than all those other beautiful people in those glossy pictures"?

The answer is more courage than most of us have, yet these young people have to put themselves up for rejection day after day. This is the experience of all our lives. We want acceptance, recognition and dignity, but to put ourselves forward can feel like risking humiliation and rejection, fears of which affect the healthiest human beings, whether you are in the public eye or not.

Of course we have always encouraged our models to be aware that rejection at a casting is not personal or belittling but simply a matter of not being quite right for the brief. However, we both feel that understanding and dealing with this process would have been much easier had it been clearly explained a long time ago. A Model for Living does just that and then life can start to make sense.

We know a good self-esteem is essential to happiness and that none of our young family of models has a chance, if they are undermined by self-doubt. We help the models through the difficulties of rejection and self-doubt with the ideas from A Model for Living. This book doesn’t make them supermodels, but it helps them on their way to success and even more importantly, to be happy with themselves whatever life throws at them.

It can do the same for you too.

by Carole White (Premier) & Sarah Doukas (Storm)

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I can't usually read these kinds of books before losing interest and tapering abruptly off leaving it gathering dust on the shelf, but this guide to the core elements of everyday living, I found an engrossing read.
Though supposedly aimed at models (and endorsed by modelling agencies) it provides an insightful and practical guide for 'everyone', building on a base concept of self respect and dignity, and intelligently dealing with what the every day throws at you. Several chapters rang true for me and I read through the pages with ease and understanding.

Just because I enjoyed this book so much, I will be looking at Julian Short's other book, 'An Intelligent Life'.
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I've read a lot of self help books and this stands out as being a very honest, down to earth read - it doesn't give affirmations or promise of life change through visualisation, but instead practical advise. Its based on core beliefs set out in the first chapters and the rest of the book shows how to implement the model in different areas of your life. Its a book with ethics, stating that we are never independent of other people and care of yourself, is care of your relationships. The author belives we can't control our feelings but we can control our behaviour. Dignity and self respect are emphasised. Its not a book you can dip in and out of, but one that needs and deserves to be read from beginning to end. I think the cover of the model may be slightly misleading, its packaged with a magazine type image of a model which may lead readers to think its light in content which its not, it actually makes the current trend of "give me happiness now" self help look rather lame and self centred.
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I must have read every self help book going. This one is exceptional because it clearly sets out in a logical way why we feel what we feel. It doesn't tell you not to feel your feelings (which is impossible anyway) but it explains why you might be feeling whatever and this can help you 'file' it away and sort it out. I just can't praise this enough! While I was reading it I kept thinking 'oh yes, of course, that makes sense now!'
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I am astonished that this book doesn't not yt have hundreds of glowing reviews. For me, it was life-changing in some parts. The book is marvellous - I can't recommend it enough. Don't be fooled by the cover, it has nothing to do with modelling or pretty faces!

I have read and re-read this book so many times I've lost count. It's an easy and intelligent read on matters rather complex: building strong, loving relationships and being happy. I've read a great deal of books on psychology, including textbooks and professional manuals, but this one is by far the best. My copy looks like it's been chewed on by a mouse, I go back to it often and underline things.

Written by a professional (a psychiatrist with 30 years of experience, so he knows people a little!), it is a very kind and practical guide to questions all of us without an exception have had at one time or the other of our lives. Happiness is given from within, we hear that premise quite often, but very rarely anyone tells you clearly how to do that. Some things the author writes about are so profound and yet, so very simple that you can help but wonder: how come I haven't thought about it myself? It is so obvious! It is very simply written, and has bullet points at the end of each chapter to summarise it all.

A quote from the book: "Despite all the problems and difficulties, relationships are still the best things we have". But the thing is, we are rarely taught this science. This book might help you.
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Bothered by low self esteem and anxiety? This is a great book and will help anyone who can be bothered to read it.
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