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Why Good People Do Bad Things

How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
 | 
April, 2009
ISBN:
9780060897383
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Examining the forces that drive people to commit acts of self-sabotage and self-destruction and offering a detailed prescription for avoiding a similar fate, Why Good People Do Bad Things exposes the pervasive, often hidden impulses that propel our everyday decisions. The headlines and tabloids are full of stories of good people gone astray.

Debbie Ford, who also wrote The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, guides us into the heart of the duality that operates within each one of us: the force that compels us to live by our values, give and receive love, and be a contributing member of the community; and the force that holds us back, sabotages our efforts, and repeatedly steers us toward bad choices.

She begins with an examination of what she calls the Beach-Ball Effect—the way in which suppressed emotions eventually rise to the surface—revealing the origins of self-destructive behaviour. By describing the never-ending battle between our light and dark sides and then identifying the signposts for potential disaster, Ford helps us understand how we end up damaging the lives we’ve worked so hard to create. She then breaks new ground by helping us recognize the masks we wear to protect ourselves, including the People Pleaser, the Victim, the Bully, Mister Cool, and the Jokester. Understanding these masks and what they cover up allows us to go beneath the surface, wake up from denial, and become the person we always intended to be.

Providing tools to unlock the patterns of self-sabotage, Ford helps us knock down the façade of the false self and shows us how to heal the split between light and dark—to live the authentic life within our reach.

The information and processes you will find in this book will allow you to heal your deepest regrets, challenge your insecurities, befriend your self-doubts, confront your inner demons, and face up to the ways in which you participate in your own self-destruction.

Also by Debbie Ford are Spiritual Divorce and The Best Year of Your Life.

Publisher’s Description: 

Discover a Life Filled with Passion, Meaning, and Purpose

New York Times bestselling author Debbie Ford leads us into the heart of the duality that unknowingly operates within each one of us. Providing the tools to end self-sabotage, Ford ultimately knocks down the faade of the false self and shows us how to heal the split between light and dark and live the authentic life within our reach.

Despite good intentions, "good people" do very bad things - often without understanding why. New York Times best-selling author Debbie Ford reveals the origins of self-destructive behavior in suppressed emotions that eventually rise to the surface. She identifies the masks we wear to protect ourselves, including the People Pleaser, the Victim, the Bully, Mister Cool, and the Jokester. Providing tools to unlock the patterns of self-sabotage, Ford shows us how to heal the split between our light and dark sides and live an authentic life. Now in paper. 256 pp.

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