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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 2nd Revised edition edition (June 24 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060520221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060520229
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rick Carson is a genius at exploring our inner conflicts in novel ways. ...And there’s a bonus: it works.” (Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words)

“I loved Taming Your Gremlin(R). . . .this book led me to a very profound awareness.” (Virginia M. Satir, author of Peoplemaking, about the first edition)

“I have found ‘Gremlin-Taming’ to be a unique, imaginative, and effective tool. . .I highly recommend it!” (Joan Baez)

About the Author

Richard Carson lives near Dallas with his wife, Leti, and their son, Jonah. He writes out of his thirteen years as a psychotherapist and as a consultant to human service professionals. His professional background includes service as a full-time faculty member for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Texas at Arlington Graduate School of Social Work. He is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, and a Certified Social Worker with an Order of Recognition as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. Richard is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He consults and conducts seminars across the nation for a myriad of institutions, agencies, organizations and businesses,and may be reached at 7424 Greenville Avenue, Suite 113, Dallas, TX 75231 (214) 363-0788.


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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on June 9 2004
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I heard Rick Carson on NPR some time ago and was impressed with that he had to say. I had never heard of his book until then and I immediately wrote down the title so that I could buy it at a later date.
Now that I've read the book I'm trying to figure out why what I heard him say is so different than what I'm reading.
My problem with this book started right at the beginning with his "trademarked" Gremlin-Training Method (all caps, just as he does in the book). This seemed contrived to me, absolutely false. It was like reading a book talk about the author's patented passive solar windows as their own trademarked "Sun Energy Capture Device." In other words, like an infomercial. This intial reaction was confirmed as I continued to read. The tactics and topics Carson raises are extremely simplistic. Practical perhaps, but hardly worthy of a "trademark."
The other problem I had with the book is that Carson uses his metaphor to excess. This is a danger he should have been aware of. A Gremlin is a workable metaphor for most people as long as you make it abstract. That is, that voice in your head which puts you down. As soon as you start describing its supposed physical nature (the minister, the coach, the monster, etc.) the metaphor starts losing its audience. Not everyone wants or needs to describe that nasty voice in such terms.
I wished Carson had backed off the metaphor somewhat, backed off from from the hard sell on his "trademarked" method, and just gave an in-depth analysis of people's internal negative voices, where they come from, how to control them, etc. I don't want to read something that makes me feel like I'm buying a used car or the next TV control clapper.
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Like a lot of self-help books, the author has a few simple ideas but winds up padding those simple ideas in hundreds and hundreds of extra words. Some of those extra words seem helpful. The rest make you wonder if the author was ordered to "bulk it up" or something. So, if you are like me, you get bored of waiting to tease out all of the main ideas and stop reading about half-way through.

In any case, the stuff I read in the first half was interesting but I did not find it that it was life-altering. Whether there is better stuff in the second half, I'll never know.

On a side note, the illustrations in the book are generally unpleasant to look at. I'm not sure what the point of employing such illustrations was but it definitely made reading the book a less pleasant experience than it would have been without any illustrations.

You may like this book. I can't recommend it, though. See if your public library has it and skim through it first.
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Rick Carson writes this simple to follow, wisdom filled and practical book as if he was talking to you one on one over a cup of coffee. One sentence he wrote about you using his process said, "Either way, I'm here for you for the long haul" just cracked me up!
Simply stated in Carson's word, "Your Gremlin is the narrator in your head that diverts you from finding simple pleasures inside." He also reminded me how my own Gremlin hypnotizes me to what is really true.
The process is presented at its simplest and includes excercises to deepen the readers experience.
All of this is very valuable AND I would recommend this book AND I think there is something missing because I hardly see my life as having ONE Gremlin... perhaps it is a HEAD Gremlin... to me the Narrator Gremlin wears different costumes.
Nonetheless, overall both the book and the process will have incredible value for you, especially if you take action and integrate what you learn AND take it even deeper as it works in your life.
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I have enjoyed this book for over ten years, ever since a counselor at the student support centre at my university back then recommended it. I have never sat down and read it straight through, but have digested it chapter by chapter over the years.

I appreciated being tasked with drawing my gremlin, as this brought out some of the hidden details of the self-doubt and anxiety that I lived with. Giving it a character of sorts, separate from me, helped me to be less often overwhelmed by my feelings during phases of depression and anxiety. And, the humour of the gremlin metaphor also helped me take myself less seriously and feel more joy.

The gremlin metaphor has been a valuable tool for me over the years--an effective technique for getting my head above water when I have felt anxious or filled with self-doubt. And, also an effective technique for de-stressing and ... being happy.
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A little book on a big topic, Taming Your Gremlin, by Richard Carson, is a practical guide to overcoming barriers to your success. The gremlin is used as a metaphor for that voice of doubt we so often encounter when facing a new challenge. Carson takes readers through the steps they can follow to pursue their dreams in spite of their fears.
His formula of simply noticing, choosing and playing with options, and being in process, is reinforced throughout the book. Carson relates common scenarios encountered through his many years of counseling practice with his patients. The scenarios are oh so familiar!
This book is a quick read on a topic that can change how you relate to the fears associated with taking risks. Each chapter builds on the earlier ones. In the end, the reader knows more about themselves and has tools to tame their voice of doubt.
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