This self-help book uses Star Trek characters and episodes as role models to help you develope your own skills and strengths. As the authors point out, many people are more familiar with the Trek characters than with classical mythology or other hero tales which served as role models in past generations. Using the Trek universe as an archetypal mythology for personal growth is a clever, fun way to get the message across. As Spock would say: Fascinating!
According to the book, there are four basic types of heros: warriors, analyzers, relaters, and leaders. For each personality type, the book gives you examples from all the Star Trek shows (TOS, TNG, DS9 and VGR), then follows up with a visualization exercise in which you visit an imaginary holodeck and meet with the Trek characters, who serve as guides in your life. After each holodeck journey, you journal your thoughts and experiences.
These are the characters used for each heroic type:
1. Warriors: Worf, Kira, Scotty, B'Elana
2. Analyzers: Spock, Data, Odo, Tuvok
3. Relaters: Guinan, McCoy, Troi, Kes
4. Leaders: Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway
Most of us start out stronger in one of these areas than the others, but really, we are a mix of all of them. Just as a starship crew has all these types, who work together to make the shipp run smoothly, so, too, do our personalities contain a mix of inner Spocks, McCoys, Picards, and Worfs. When you develope all your internal heros, you can achieve balance in your life and teamwork on the job.
The audiotape version of the book (also available here on Amazon as a download) is narrated by Armin Shimerman, who plays Quark on DS9. Don't worry, his real voice is a lot mellower than the voice he uses for Quark! In fact, he's so relaxing that I fell asleep the first time through. Not from boredom -- it was a hard day and I was tired. But this experience does suggest you probably shouldn't listen to this while driving on the freeway. On the other hand, if you play it at bedtime and fall asleep, you will learn subliminally.