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Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life Paperback – Apr 22 1989

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Rev ed. edition (April 22 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449903370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449903377
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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Using as analogy the scientific principle that energy follows the path of least resistance, the founder of the DMA seminars attempts an easily assimilated self-help book--a substantial revision of his 1984 best seller. He argues that just as wind moves around natural obstructions, seeking the path of least resistance, so do we attempt to move around the structures of our lives--getting by with as few hassles as possible. Fritz's advice is to modify the structures, enabling the creative energy within to flourish instead of dissipate. Initially, his focus is clear; but numerous citings of well-known psychologists and famous movers and shakers (Einstein, Henry Moore, etc.) grow tiresome as Fritz drones on, losing us in excess verbiage. Some valuable sections, but most will find this tedious. Not recommended.
- Kevin M. Roddy, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I first became acquainted with this excellent book just about 10 years ago and its fresh approach to catalyzing creativity in step-by-step processes is still helpful and insightful. Fritz's psychological approach to his subject is particularly interesting and helpful in the way he quantifies and makes concrete the different "technologies for creating" he explains.
Leslie Meredith
Executive Editor & Divisional Vice President
Ballantine Wellspring

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Written 2 decades ago, the latest edition has been extensively revised (70%). The title sounds like a chapter from a textbook of engineering or physics as do some of the chapters, but the book really gives billiant new concepts behind manifesting our desired realities. The author-musician, who seems highly opinionated against the "new age", understandably never uses the term "manifesting". At times, the reading gets a little tedious, as this not merely a description of the steps in a "process" but rather an excellent attempt to elucidate the very original concepts that the author is trying to expound. Even so, this treatise on the principles of the creative "FORCE" is highly readable and leaves the reader feeling that he has gained understanding and insight into an area that appears seeminly elusive...
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I found this book in the laundry room of my apartment building where people sometimes leave old books and magazines for others... and I'm wondering why they threw it out with all the other business books they dumped there!
It is very interesting to read, though like many such books is a bit long-winded. It confirmed to me that my approach as a scientist and scholar is the correct one, the one most likely to lead to good science. A professor at my previous university in Australia kept pushing the view that we needed to solve "clients" problems (my field is environmental studies/science). This was at the top research university in the country. This guy was just an extreme example of the tendency both in that country and Britain (less so in the US). I knew he was wrong, that that wasn't a way to do good science. Fritz's book confirms that solving problems is rarely satisfactory in the long-term, and instead we should focus on what we want to create. If you are doing that in a field that has relevance to important social issues, solutions to people's problems will emerge as a by-product. Also that artists and great scientists do art or science primarily for the love of the thing that they create. Other motives are secondary. I know that when you are truly creative one project develops out of the previous one which is another key point he makes. His description of the artistic creative process also seems very accurate for the typical scientific project.
So in summary this is a really great book that gets it right!
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A great book highlighting some of the common errors of thought in traditional problem solving, and expressing the need to rethink how we approach this area (i.e. from a structural point of view rather than the simpler, more common pain relief point of view). Part psychology, part process re-engineering, this is a fairly quick read with a solid presentation of an important idea.
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This is an excellent book that gives a clear method of creating what we want in our life. I have become good at creating in the last 4 years and I can see how I can become even better using Fritz's ideas.

My one judgement of this book (Fritz encourages judgement) is that Fritz seems to have stepped into the position that he is right and New Age Methods are wrong. Yet he says that we will develop our unique way of creating within the outline of creating that he proposes. To me this is a contradiction.

I have used many of the New Age Methods that he suggests you throw out. However my understanding of the methods Fritz criticizes are much different than his perception. My use of these methods have allowed me to change certain structures within my life and by adding Fritz' understanding of structure, I believe I can create even more flow in my life to create what it is that I want. I believe his process will hone my focus and use more effectively what I already know.

Finally, I think he could have ended the book at Chapter 17. Fritz proposes the concept of Transcendence which seem to be a concept of belief just as much as the New Age Concepts that he discounts in several other sections of the book.

My recommendation for new creators is to use Fritz's method of Creating, but don't throw out other ideas's. In assessing your Current Reality, notice what is holding you back or creating a lack of movement and find someone who has stepped beyond this.

Example: Fritz discounts emotional conditioning and indicates that by using his method to create you will just step past your emotional conditioning. I doubt this, but I will never know, because one of the techniques that I learned and used very effectively to toss out my emotional baggage worked.
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The essence of the book is: decide for yourself what it is you want to CREATE in your life (work, family, lesure, etc.), objectively assess your current reality, and leverage the structural tension that comes from the discrepancy between your desired and current reality.
The Robert Fritz approach holds a lot of appeal: focus on what you want, or want to create, and frame it as a vision that ignores the extent to which it is actually possible to achieve the vision. In view of this, "I want to create a world in which everyone is well-fed" is a legitimate vision.
Another appealing aspect of thinking 'structurally' is that it urges us to think in what I would refer to as "constructive terms", without falling into the trap of being unduly optimistic, or blind to reality: for example, rather than adopting the vision of "I want to lose weight" or "I no longer want to smoke", Fritz invites us to say: "I want, and I choose, to have good health". In this way, the structures that hold us back are removed from our consciousness.
Structures elicit behaviour, in this model. Oscillating structures are those that cause us to vacillate between conflicting goals (e.g. oscillating between the desire to lose weight and the desire|need to eat), and usually get nowhere.
I see the Fritz approach as entailing the adoption of certain attitudes and practices. It is a matter of disciplining oneself to leverage one's innate desire to create, regardless of the way one earns a living. The book provides lots of examples of how artists create their work, but Fritz reminds us that the same principles can and should apply as well to, say, business managers and school teachers.
I am very glad to have read this book.
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