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