Essay title: You Are What You Think
Strengths of this book include Dealing with attitude, your personal attitude. Rather create a facilitative mind frame rather then being debilitative. It also helps to counter creating fallacies for your self such as fallacy of catastrophic expectations. Believing you will fail will make you perceive yourself as loser and cripple your attitude. The book also touches base with our belief system; such as self-talk is a key essential as long as it is used properly. We all believe self-talk is beneficial to understanding our identity but sometimes we donâ€™t realize when we are being debilitative and in turn we canâ€™t grow.
The book teaches you the â€œ ABCâ€™s of our emotions, it states â€œ A, represents activating events in our lifeâ€™s, b, refers to our beliefs system, C is Consequences.â€ (p.g. 29 You Areâ€¦). It helped me perceived a positive attitude to in turn be positively rewarded. The book had a very strong perception on how attitudes make the person.
It used a lot of great examples to prove different situations for different people. The only weakness I thought was that as I read some of the attitudes people were using I couldnâ€™t relate to them. The book says â€œOverwhelmed people are accepting of their emotions but lack the self-discipline to experience self-controlâ€ (p.g. 24, You Areâ€¦) I can recall usually when Iâ€™m overwhelmed I consider myself in to deep over my head, but that doesnâ€™t mean I have a lack of self-discipline. I believe you must have an understanding of emotions from different people or an open-mind to relate.This book relates to me in various ways.
One way that I can appreciate is in how we use self-talk to determine our self-esteem. I discovered that my self-talk was more in likely a contributing factor to minimal depression. In chapter six the book talks about self-talk and depression, it breaks down patterns of distorted self-talk that help maintain negative patterns of thinking. The one I was more able to relate to was arbitrary inference, were we draw conclusions in the absence of any evidence.The Text from class, Interplay, and my book, You Are What You Think are both very comparable. One obvious similarity is that both books have a good amount of self-asserted test to determine how you personally compare in each chapter.On a deeper issue, they both deal with factual information.
The textbook touched more on key terms that helped me understand my book more thoroughly. More notably chapter three in the text talks about perceived self and self-fulfilling prophecy.