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Why Trump fans are flocking to read a psychology professor's self-help book

Why Trump fans are flocking to read a psychology professor's self-help book

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At the trial of Antonio Gramsci in 1928, the prosecutor declared: “We must stop this brain from working for 20 years.” Gramsci, the former leader of the Italian Communist Party and a gifted Marxist theoretician and journalist, was sentenced to two decades’ imprisonment by Benito Mussolini’s fascist government. Yet confinement marked the flowering, rather than the decay, of Gramsci’s thought. He embarked on an epic intellectual pursuit with the aim of an enduring legacy. His Prison Notebooks, as they became known, comprised 33 volumes and 3,000 pages of history, philosophy, economics and revolutionary strategy. Though permitted to write, Gramsci was denied access to Marxist works and was forced to use code to evade the prison censors. In 1937, having long been refused adequate health

Jordan Peterson is the rising self-help guru of young conservatives. Here's what he's telling them.

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There’s a new self-help guru at the heart of modern conservatism. He’s a rousing speaker, encouraging his listeners to take control of their own destinies, like a wiry Tony Robbins who sounds like a Muppet and believes there are only two genders.His name is Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadian professor who’s become the spiritual father of an online tribe of alienated, disaffected and resentful young men. In the past few months, Peterson’s rapidly gone from a little-known clinical psychologist to a veritable megachurch preacher of anti-communism and personal responsibility. His popularity is meteoric, and if progressives want to understand the ideological future of the conservative movement, they may want to pay notice.Dr. Jordan Peterson’s voice is often likened to Kermit the Frog. It’s
Buckhead pediatrician authors self-help book

Buckhead pediatrician authors self-help book

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In one of the saddest moments of her life, the death of her father, Ganiyu Ojikutu, in 2015, Dr. Iyabo Ojikutu experienced, as she termed it, an “internal transformation.”This resulted in the Buckhead resident and pediatrician discovering inner peace and everlasting joy in her life.Her desire to help others experience this transformation inspired her to write her first book, “Permanent Happiness: The Only Way to find Peace, Joy and Your Life-Given Purpose,” which was self-published in May.The book is now available only through Amazon, with the print version being $7.99 and the e-book version $4.99.Born in Nigeria, Ojikutu went to medical school and then opened her Atlanta practice in 2004, but always remained close to her father. His death hit her very hard.“I wanted to remain connected
4 Self-Improvement Myths That May Be Holding You Back

4 Self-Improvement Myths That May Be Holding You Back

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Executive SummaryOur observation of hundreds of performance seekers has led to delineating a series of myths that hold people back when trying to improve. These assertions are based on a diverse set of fields, including psychology, sports, arts, and leadership. We hope that by dispelling these myths, explaining the reality and offering some sound advice instead, we can help move people toward more effective personal development. Myth 1: Performing at the top means consistent peak performance. Myth 2: We get better by benchmarking ourselves against others. Myth 3: Successful people engage in “singular deliberate practice” of one winning strategy. Myth 4: Improvement stems from unwavering focus on your most challenging goals. In the end, improvement comes from knowing our own unique chall
Russell Simmons dropped from Oprah's spiritual self-help book

Russell Simmons dropped from Oprah's spiritual self-help book

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Oprah Winfrey has dropped Russell Simmons’ contributions to her spiritual self-help book, according to the book publisher.The book, “The Wisdom of Sundays,” came out last fall and has topped bestseller lists since its release. While several other people are quoted in the book, Simmons’ pages will be removed. Simmons’ excerpts feature him talking about meditation as well as the effects of wealth on the soul.The New York Times reported that the publisher said it came to this decision jointly with Oprah. All future editions of the book, starting in February, will not have Simmons’ quotes in them. However, it’s not clear when the decision was made.Oprah and the #MeToo movementIt’s not a surprising move for Oprah, however, especially given her vocal support of the #MeToo and #
The myth of the new you: Why you shouldn't buy what self-help gurus are peddling

The myth of the new you: Why you shouldn't buy what self-help gurus are peddling

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You’ve seen the headlines. Maybe they were on a friend’s Facebook feed or, as is more likely, on a colleague’s LinkedIn page. Perhaps you dismissed them as silly self-help clickbait, but if you’re like most of us, you found it impossible to resist their siren song: “5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder.” “Most productive people: 6 things they do every day.” “3 Questions that Will Free Your Mind and Turn Your Life Around.”Chances are you read a few of these articles in the lead-up to New Year’s Day and made a flurry of resolutions which, by now of course, you have quietly dropped. They usually appear on a handful of familiar websites: inc.com, hbr.org, entrepreneur.com, businessinsider.com and the motherlode of self-improvement propaganda with armies of life coaches an
Oprah Deletes Russell Simmons From Her New Self-Help Book

Oprah Deletes Russell Simmons From Her New Self-Help Book

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Oprah Winfrey has scrubbed Russell Simmons from her latest self-help book following multiple rape accusations against the music mogul.Future editions of “The Wisdom of Sundays,” first published last year, will no longer features passages of Simmons, a spokesperson for publisher Flatiron Books told the New York Times on Wednesday. The new editions are expected to hit shelves in February.The move comes after “Shark Tank” star Daymond John made a similar decision to remove Simmons’ passages from his newest book “Rise and Grind.”Also Read:Kimora Lee Simmons on Russell Simmons Accusations: 'Nothing Like the Person I Have Known'In a New York Times report published in December, Drew Dixon, Tina Baker and Toni Sallie came forward to accuse the Def Jam Records co-founder of rape, descr
US Embassy spends over $2.3 million in Special Self-Help grants

US Embassy spends over $2.3 million in Special Self-Help grants

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By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNAGuo, (U/W), GNA – The US Embassy in Ghana has spent more than 2.3 million dollars in Special Self-Help grants to support development at the grassroots level over last three decades.Established in 1964, the Ambassador’s Self-Help Programme draws on the philosophy that small assistance to a community that is motivated to help its self can go a long way to better their living condition.Mr. Robert Jackson, the US Ambassador to Ghana, disclosed this during the commissioning of a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound at Guo in the Nandom District of the Upper West Region.“We are pleased to have supported this project with our contribution of 6,600 dollars for building materials, but the real efforts were yours”, he said.“We are honoured to have
Millennials, Here's Why You Are Addicted To Self-Improvement

Millennials, Here's Why You Are Addicted To Self-Improvement

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You’d be hard pressed to find a millennial who isn’t involved with self-improvement in some way.According to one survey, 94% of millennials reported making personal improvement commitments and said they’d be willing to spend nearly $300 a month on self-improvement.I myself first got into personal development over ten years ago when I attended the Landmark Forum, a learning program that offers seminars around the world. I’ve since invested tens of thousands of dollars in my own development, eager to enroll in transformative courses and attend live events… and don’t even get me started about my daily reading habit.On the surface, self-improvement seems like a great idea—it promises to help you “transcend your limitations” and “unlock your potential” as a human being.But when we delve just
Sunnyvale life coach pens self-help book

Sunnyvale life coach pens self-help book

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Life coach RiTika Rose wanted to write a book to teach eight skills that will help people find their purpose and happiness. She accomplished that–mostly in a single weekend.She got the idea to write a self-help book back in 2012 and worked on it intermittently, then hunkered down one weekend in the summer of 2017 and completed the bulk of it.“In the end I sat down and crunched it out and listened to the message in my heart and what I wanted to share with my clients and just wrote,” Rose said. “Through these eight skills I was able to find my purpose, stay in  my purpose and move forward on my path I know I’m here to fulfill.”After receiving degrees in occupational therapy and psychology from San Jose State University, the Sunnyvale resident did an internship at UCLA’s neuropsy