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Paraview Media Guide

January/February 2005

Paraview Media Guide is a monthly guide to books, magazines, websites, and other media that capture your attention, expand your mind, and transform the world. Leading experts in mind, body, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture present their media picks. This free newsletter is distributed by subscription only. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or obtain sponsorship information, please see instructions at the end of this newsletter.


PARAVIEW GUEST PRESENTER: JOHN R. RIFKIN, PH.D.

John R. Rifkin, Ph.D.

 

Do you know anyone who displays outbursts of anger, is anxious or depressed, or has relationship problems? You could help them greatly by having them read The Healing Power of Anger: The Unexpected Path to Love and Fulfillment. This book by Dr. Rifkin presents his groundbreaking new vision of the central role that anger plays in loving, healing, and living. Dr. Rifkin is an experienced and active psychotherapist with the ability to make complex ideas easily understood while providing clear strategies for making important life and relationship changes. His book provides the perspective of his 30 years of helping hundreds of clients to transition from a place of pain and despair to lives of richness and fulfillment.

Dr. Evelyn Bassoff, author of Mothers and Daughters: Loving and Letting Go, says "John Rifkin, a gifted psychotherapist, tells us how we can lead happier lives not by stifling our anger but rather by using it constructively."

Visit Dr. Rifkin’s website and take his "Anger Style Quiz" yourself!

  JOHN’S TRANSFORMING MEDIA PICKS
 

 

There are so many good books in the realm of psychology and self-help but three in particular stand out for me.

The Artists Way by Julia Cameron is not just for artists. Its twelve-week journaling program takes you into yourself in a way that encourages healing. There is a direct link between our emotional and our creative and spiritual beings.

Getting the Love you Want by Harville Hendrix is a book that teaches people to understand the complex concept of transference in relationships. He does this through what he calls "Imago" therapy, which teaches you to look at how what you don’t like in your partner reflects some of your own unhealed childhood injuries.

The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner is the book that has the most in common with my views of anger. Lerner performed a great service by looking at anger as important and valuable.

In addition to self-help books, I am very drawn to science fiction and fantasy. I love the way the extreme circumstances in these genres allow authors to explore our fundamental human dynamics so fully.

Songmaster by Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite books, by my favorite science fiction author. Card was generous enough to allow me to use his “Love Song” from this book in mine.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson is an amazing journey via fantasy through the suffering, recovery and beauty of the human psyche.


Must-Hear Music I am especially fond of the Beatles, the Moody Blues, Norah Jones, and James Taylor. I like to ski to The Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, The Pointer Sisters, and Loggins and Messina’s “Footloose.”  I’m probably giving away my age.
 
I still like Ordinary People, directed by Robert Redford, for the wonderful depiction of a really caring psychotherapist by Judd Hirsch and the realistic portrayal of a family in crisis and their interpersonal dynamics.

More recently, I liked What the Bleep Do We Know. This docudrama presents some of the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and interweaves these with spirituality, psychopharmacology, and healing. It’s quite refreshing and entertaining while still being informative and uplifting.

I do spend a lot of time online, but aside from Google and The New York Times, especially their crossword puzzles, I don’t have a lot of favorites on the web. There are some mental health sites other than mine that are helpful, such as the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Sidran Institute, as well as some smaller sites like Family Resource and Straight From the Heart.


New Releases!
Project Beta
Set outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, this account of alien invasion, paranoia, and cover-ups details the horrifying true story of a government-authorized campaign of disinformation that defined an era of alien paranoia and destroyed one man's life.

Walking the Point: Male Initiation and the Vietnam Experience
The journey of a Vietnam veteran though the psychic trauma of war to his healing, liberating shift in perception about the meaning and value of war as a rite of passage.

For a more current example of the psychological confusion of war, and to find out what really happened at Abu Ghraib, read
The Taguba Report, available now.

What’s new at Paraview
Cecil Helman, author of Paraview Special Editions title, The Body of Frankenstein’s Monster, won a major, international award in medical anthropology from the Society for Medical Anthropology!   Congratulations Cecil.

Stacey Wolf's book release party at swinging Elmo's in NYC was a great success. Everyone enjoyed the event almost as much as they enjoyed Psychic Living.

See you next month!


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