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Positive Directions: Shifting Polarities to Escape Stress and Increase Happiness [Paperback]

John Ryder

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Sept. 1 2008
How do you refocus on the positive under any circumstance? Positive Directions is about the specific changes you can easily make that will result in the biggest differences in your life. Dr. Ryder explains how to develop nine psychological skills that empower the individual to conquer problems such as stress, fears, frustrations, misery, lack of energy, sabotaging patterns, and bad decisions. The book simplifies our complex nature and identifies the polar opposites which either swing in the negative (bad) or positive (good) direction. When you are going the wrong way, turn in the opposite - positive direction. This system gives you the knowledge and skills to know how to reverse any negative direction in your life and propel you towards greater success and fulfillment - the positive direction! This book contains a great deal of useful information, fascinating ideas, and fun exercises with helpful tables, graphs, and instructions that can improve your life and relationships.

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (Sept. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160037364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600373640
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,550,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Psychology adds to its growing new positive orientation from the work of John Ryder who describes a set of viable strategies one can use to deal with life more effectively." -- Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus Standord University "Author of The Lucifer Effect - Understanding How Good People Turn Evil"

About the Author

John Ryder, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Manhattan. After earning his doctorate in psychology at the City University of New York, he served as an Assistant Professor at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Traveling around the world, he has studied the secrets to a healthy and successful life with many of the most respected leaders of both Western and Eastern traditions. Dr. Ryder has been a consultant to many successful individuals, corporate executives, athletes, and celebrities. He has shared his expertise on a variety of radio and television shows. A highly requested speaker and workshop leader, he travels and lectures widely.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THE BOOK;CHANGE YOUR LIFE Sept. 15 2008
By Jane LeGrand - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Positive Directions is brilliantly simple. Ryder treats you with intelligence, a droll sense of humor; his absolute belief in his discoveries makes YOU believe. If you are impatient, as I was,you can jump around, choose from the the Master Keys; for ex. 7-The Flow and Exchange of Energy. Once I mastered it, if it was a day I didn't want to read or study, I could simply look at the chapter heading, and my day and attitude was improved. As I am a performer and acting coach, I'm describing emotional recall-one of the reasons I describe this book as brilliantly simple. In other words, take it one step at a time, use the excellent charts, and you will be working from your deliberate mind. If you think you've read all the "self -help" books you can stand, please realize that Positive Directions is in a class by itself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive Directions Sept. 11 2008
By Dr. Linda J. Stillman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
TRIBUTE TO A TIMELY WORLD PSYCHOLOGY

POSITIVE DIRECTIONS by Dr. John Ryder is a really engaging read,

devoted to developing successful change in our lives through eliminating

stress and elevating happiness. I have concluded that his messages and

methods work extremely well, as they have helped me immensely with my

professional global endeavors.

Located in Midtown Manhattan, I am a professor of world culture and

communication, UN representative for world social development, and

currently creator/chair of a special world conference Sophia 2010

Women and Wisdom to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria May 2010. Constantly,

I encounter diverse communication dynamics of cultures that think and

act based on polarities. It can be challenging and exhausting. I have

applied his approach to understanding the complexity of polarities to my

work,successfully reducing stress. Furthermore, I share his wisdom to help

others, including my students, worldwide.

As a professional who also helps people with human relationships,

I realize that Dr. Ryder's vast education and extensive global experience

have enabled him to integrate the best contributions Eastern and Western

Civilizations have to offer to create a new world psychology. I recognize

that he has addressed a quite complicated subject and explained it clearly

for all of us to understand. He narrates moving anecdotes as examples to

which we can all relate compassionately. His messages and methods provide

insights and solutions to balance our own lives and to move freely forward

on our life journeys. He profoundly believes that our ability to change

is connected to using the golden keys he offers, that we actually all have

in our hands, to unlock the prisons in our minds that harm and hold us

from achieving our dreams and goals.

Do read POSITIVE DIRECTIONS, and may it change the direction of your lives

positively as it has mine.

Dr. Linda Stillman
Chair Sophia 2010 Women and Wisdom

[...] Sophia 2010.org
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, fantastic read! Sept. 6 2008
By Lidia R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just started to read this book and what I learned in the third chapter about the triplex mind helped me so much to understand myself, my reactions to people and/or situations, that I already feel i got a tremendous amount from this book and I didn't even finish it yet! Everyday now I think twice before I say or do something, I try to use my deliberate mind, my higher self. it's a great read, you can learn so much about how the mind works, I'm loving it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The positive vibe that many need to succeed in everyday life Jan. 10 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Stress is all in your head, so your head should be able to manage it, right? "Positive Directions: Shifting Polarities to Escape Stress and Increase Happiness" is a guide to positive thinking to help people increase their contentment in life simply by thinking much more positively and for the future. Saying that continued pessimism spreads to more aspects of life, and that many studies show that optimists live longer, "Positive Directions" is the positive vibe that many need to succeed in everyday life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mix of Science and Experience Jan. 8 2009
By Gary Dale Cearley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I came to this book with the question in mind "Can anyone be happy all of the time?" Of course not, but Dr. John Ryder's book Positive Directions: Shifting Polarities to Escape Stress and Increase Happiness aims to show us how we can have more control over how we see the world, related to other people and manage our stress in our daily lives.

Dr. Ryder has produced what I would call a bit of a "hybrid" in his latest book. Hybrid you might ask? Yes, John Ryder has written this book not only out of his scientific and educational background as a Psychologist but also he draws out a good portion of this book from experience, intuition and out of common sense. This is the mix that he seems comfortable with and in using such a construct the book becomes more assessable for the lay reader and those who are looking to find more happiness in their own lives. A good example of this, Dr. Ryder uses the analogies of keys (positive tools) and locks (negativity) to show the different planes that we need to work on in order to relieve many of the problems and stresses that drown our happiness in our daily lives. This makes the text simpler to understand than it would have if he'd simply written this as a professional psychologist.

At center of the book are the polarities that Dr. Ryder has named JEEP (judgment, emotion, energy and patterns). Each of these polarities has a positive and a negative side and have an effect on every facet of your life. So the trick is to learn where you would fit in relation to JEEP - just where are your weaknesses that cause you ultimately to not be as happy as you should? Throughout the rest of the book you are presented the keys to each of the locks that would tilt your polarity to the negative side and to transform into a more spiritual being. So it sounds a bit new agey? Well, I suppose some of it does come off this way but then again much it is in the presentation.

At the end of the day I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to improve their outlook on life. It is possible that to get the most out of it one might ought to read the book slowly, one chapter at a time so that one has a chance to work on each point. Otherwise I recommend taking lots of personal notes - notes directly linking your own life to what is being covered in the book. You should get lots out of it that way. And become a happier spirit in the bargain as well!
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