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Stage Climbing: The Shortest Path to Your Highest Potential Paperback – May 15 2012
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About the Author
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. is a renowned psychologist, executive coach, bestselling author, continuing education seminar leader, and popular speaker. He is an acclaimed expert in cognitive behavioral therapy, specializing in high achievers and relationship issues. He has been featured in publications; such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek. A sought after media guest, you have also seen him on Oprah, the Today Show and more than a thousand others, talking about his work which centers on bringing about major change in the shortest time possible. In addition to Stage Climbing, his previous books include The Art of Living Single, The Art of Staying Together: A Couple's Guide to Intimacy and Respect, and Can Your Relationship Be Saved? How to Know Whether to Stay or Go.He conducts seminars, talks, and presentations to professional as well as lay audiences worldwide; and has trained many thousands of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. For more information about Dr. Broder, please visit www.DrMichaelBroder.com.
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reflection on the human condition and how people change - either in therapy or
with the use of a self-help book.
Stage Climbing is not only a self-help book for the anxious or depressed,
but a life-coaching book offering a comprehensive program for moving
forward in one's life. It operationalizes specific changes at each of seven
stages of maturity that he clearly describes and shows how they can lead to
success in one's personal and work life.
Broder astutely keeps checking with the reader in order to see if he or she
is remaining on board with applying what is presented, rather than merely
flipping pages to get to the end. His tone is witty and engaging, and he has
a helpful habit of high-lighting important text. This allows the reader to skim
forward to reach what is personally relevant, while allowing for reading details
or illustrative material if desired. At the end of the book, a website is given
that features resources that are regularly upgraded. (He also makes himself
available for reader's questions.)
The book's schema of seven stages was unfamiliar to me - it is different
from Erik Erikson's more descriptive seven stages, which are less focussed
on change. However, Broder's stages seem useful and valid, and are easy to
apply to oneself or to individuals in one's practice or circle. A reader
who assesses himself and primarily finds himself at one of the lower stages,
might feel uncomfortable with what might be construed as labelling.
However, Broder has an unusual talent for anticipating the reader's resisting his
prescriptions, prescriptions that are designed to gently nudge one out of
one's comfort zone. And it works because it's done with wisdom and
My only objection is his reference to depressed patient's suffering from a
"chemical imbalance". This term, a product of big pharma and those
researchers who promote drug solutions, ignores the obvious; that our affective
life always has a biochemical correlate. Of course there are times when
anti-depressents are helpful to raise the energy level of an individual too
depleted to be present for insight-oriented therapy. However, too often, they
are used as an excuse for not facing oneself, an excuse that managed care
exploits for short term profits. Drug therapy is seen to be cheaper, and
patients are trained with the assistance of a compliant media, to seek
superficial "chemical" solutions to life problems.
However this is a minor issue. The book works - not only for lay readers, but
as a resource for therapists.