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While the modern world is rapidly making us into 'global citizens', at the same time we experience increasing isolation as individuals in our own society. There is a pressing need for us to develop new forms of relationship with family and society. Through working consciously and actively on our own life-story, we can build bridges to other people in a way that develops a n While the modern world is rapidly making us into 'global citizens', at the same time we experience increasing isolation as individuals in our own society. There is a pressing need for us to develop new forms of relationship with family and society. Through working consciously and actively on our own life-story, we can build bridges to other people in a way that develops a new understanding for the lives of others. The ideas and methods presented in this book are the result of many year's therapeutic work with groups and individuals. The life-stories described are the authentic stories of participants in the courses and workshops.


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While the modern world is rapidly making us into 'global citizens', at the same time we experience increasing isolation as individuals in our own society. There is a pressing need for us to develop new forms of relationship with family and society. Through working consciously and actively on our own life-story, we can build bridges to other people in a way that develops a n While the modern world is rapidly making us into 'global citizens', at the same time we experience increasing isolation as individuals in our own society. There is a pressing need for us to develop new forms of relationship with family and society. Through working consciously and actively on our own life-story, we can build bridges to other people in a way that develops a new understanding for the lives of others. The ideas and methods presented in this book are the result of many year's therapeutic work with groups and individuals. The life-stories described are the authentic stories of participants in the courses and workshops.

36 review for Taking Charge: Your Life Patterns and Their Meaning

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rolfe

    I found this book really good. The questions she asks in relation to each phase were really helpful. I found the cross-cultural stories very interesting especially as she connected them. Our journey whilst being unique also connects to other people's journeys. I found this book really good. The questions she asks in relation to each phase were really helpful. I found the cross-cultural stories very interesting especially as she connected them. Our journey whilst being unique also connects to other people's journeys.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leo Mullins

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 This is a book recommended to me by my counsellor, Julia. I thought she wanted me to read the whole thing but she only wanted me to read the chapter on the age 28-35, as this is the age I had just finished (I read this just after my 35th birthday). I don;t remember precisely what that section was about. The age before (21-28) I think was all about discovery and seeing what you can gain/take from the world. The 28-35 phase is about now thinking about your life up to now and deciding how it will 3.5 This is a book recommended to me by my counsellor, Julia. I thought she wanted me to read the whole thing but she only wanted me to read the chapter on the age 28-35, as this is the age I had just finished (I read this just after my 35th birthday). I don;t remember precisely what that section was about. The age before (21-28) I think was all about discovery and seeing what you can gain/take from the world. The 28-35 phase is about now thinking about your life up to now and deciding how it will progress. You're not out there adventuring and exploring quite so much. You settle into your career and home life. You start to think about whether you continue with the skills you've previously developed and if that's soimething you want to stay in or if you want to change. There was also something about hiding in a dark cave and slowly wanting to emerge into the light. Does that mean it's a period of deep self-reflection and some amount of turmoil based on uncertainty? And then, as the phase progresses, you slowly start to realise what you should do and go toward it (heading into the light)? The 28-35 phase of my life was characterised by Amazon (ages 28-34), almost going to China to teach English, my YT channel, starting to learn web development, then the lawsuit and receiving the two large inheritances. By my 35th birthday I was out of work for a few months (around 7-8 months). I didn't really have this 'coming out into the light' moment as my life was pretty seriously dirupted by the lawsuit; it still is now. At the time of writing we are just about to consult a barrister on how well our disputes with Angela's estate administration would hold up in court. So I can't for sure say how well the phase described in this chapter relates to me as I had this huge spanner thrown in the works, but then doesn't everybody at various times of their life? The book was interspersed with life stories of people that the author had treated, meant to illustrate the themes of each phase. I couldn't really relate to the life stories too well as they were all Brazilian in some sense and people who were born much earlier than I (1940s and 50s typically). And pretty much all of the stories were pre-information revolution. They often included stories of poverty which was obviously much more prevalent in these countries in those days, severe illness and political revolutions, none of which I can really relate to. There was frequent mention of terms like soul, spirit, zodiac, planetary positions. The book didn't really explain much about what these meant. They were explained as though understanding of these terms was already held by the reader. My only knowledge of these terms (zodiac and planetary alignments in particular) is that they're all a bit fluffy pseudo-science so I had trouble taking it seriously. Perhaps something different was meant by these terms but, without explanation, I had to take them as I already understood them. I think the book should at least have explained what was meant by soul and spirit and the difference between them. As I was reading, I hadn't taken note of the book's title and thought to myself, "what is this book's central message....seems to be something like take control of your life, it's course is up to you". Then I looked at the book's title - Taking Charge - and was pleasantly surprised that I'd seemed to get this right. And I do agree with that sentiment. Life will throw shit at you all day long but it's up to you to overcome that, grow and develop. It wasn't a life changing book. A bot contextually difficult for me to apply it to myself. But if you strip a lot of the dressing away and stick to the core message(s), yeah, decent enough book and the stories did at least demonstrate people's resilience in the face of hardship; most of which were far greater than mine.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I came to this book via an acquaintance who knew I was considering writng memoir. It is very different from everything else I have ever read. hummmmmm......

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