Drawing upon their years of counseling experience, the bestselling author team of Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. and William J. Pieper, M.D. explain how parenting styles based on discipline and excessive expectations condition children to equate unhappiness with love. This often persists into adulthood, leading to behaviors including eating disorders, compulsive gambling, disastrous romantic choices, substance abuse, and more. This book supplies readers with powerful tools, including self-assessments, checklists, diaries, and exercises, to overcome their need for unhappiness.
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After reading this book, I discovered a better understanding of how a person could be confused in why life was less than satisfying. A friend of mine has for as long as I have known him, been searching for happiness only to continually return to the same old behavior he was trying to breakthrough. When one understands the confusion on real God born happiness and in only believing the unhappiness of growing up was "happy", a change could happen to adjust, albeit scary and unknown. Sometimes we just have to do it afraid until it shows the outcome that brings real, true God blessed living. We cannot give away what we do not have. Big thanks for educating the many who are either unhappy or have those around us dieing to reach that goal of satisfactory day after day living.
Addicted to Unhappiness presents a very interesting theory on why a lot of people do say and do stupid things which make getting along with others more difficult. How accurate this theory really is is difficult to say but it does present explanations which have a ring of validity and leave one thinking that just maybe it could explain some behaviors one becomes a witness to.
Addicted happiness is a good book on how we learn to be unhappy. It is similar to Martin Saligman's book, but less academic. It is more practical. The concepts are same - that we learn to be unhappy.
This book surmises how in child hood we learn that unhappy feelings are confused with happy feelings. This happens unconsciously and without our knowing. Since unhappy feelings are confused with happy ones we begin to think unconsciously that unhappy feelings have a purpose and therefore necessary. The book reiterates that unhappy feelings are parents' approval of our behavior and since we are dependent and imitate we started believing that they are normal and required.
Te authors also identifies two types of unhappiness - one which are genuine: loss of a relative, being skipped for promotions and so on. This is short lived and goes off in time. There is another kind, which magnifies the genuine unhappiness and draws all kinds of connotations to it. This is the one...
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