Date: May 22, 2003
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Nonfiction / Self Help
Notes: The reviewer is David Leonhardt, author of Climb
your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness.
Know I'm In There Somewhere
By Dr. Helene
you ever felt like you spend your whole life pleasing others - complying
with their wishes, doing what's best for them, second-guessing if
they would approve of your decisions - that you never seem to live
life for yourself? Well, so do many of Dr. Helene Brenner's patients,
and she reports about them and their challenges in I Know I'm
in There Somewhere.
uses patient anecdotes more than most therapist-authors. At first,
this disturbed me, but she does a good job of weaving the tales
together to inspire. Along the way, she leads readers through a
couple dozen "innercizes" to help them tune in to their
inner voices, but these are not the strength of the book. In the
epilogue, Dr. Brenner reveals herself to be a bit of a feminist,
which shows throughout the book in a very apolitical way. While
the topic of this book might apply more to women than to men, many
men will also relate.
there any Wow!'s in this book? No, but it is a gentle inspiration
for anyone who sees herself--or himself--as a people-pleaser, or
who wants to better understand a friend or partner who fits that
I give I Know I'm in There Somewhere
a 7 out of 10.