Breaking the Pattern (Red Mill Press, $24.95). The book's content is a highly readable combination of intellectual review, synthesis and original insight in the areas of behavior modification, motivation, achievement, and personal responsibility. The author, Charles Platkin, started his research 7 years ago as a skeptical writer and journalist attempting to answer the question of whether anyone was really helped by the counseling and self-improvement industry, or if the forces of genetics and the circumstances of one's life were too strong for any person to radically change. Certainly, for all the therapists, counselors and self-help material around for so many decades, all too many people continue to lead lives full of yearning and, sometimes, searing desperation. After researching and sorting through more than 4000 articles and 450 books, examining his own personal experience (losing more than 50 pounds--and a variety of other behavioral changes), counseling and studying thousands of clients, and conducting hundreds of interviews, Platkin synthesized his findings in the book, Breaking the Pattern. Breaking The Pattern has been endorsed and praised by renowned psychologists, authors and other experts. The following are select endorsements for Breaking the Pattern: John Foreyt, PhD, Director of Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine has called Breaking the Pattern "an outstanding, practical, readable guide based on sound, tested behavioral principles. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to achieve their dreams." Clinical Psychiatrist at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, Alan Manevitz, M.D. states, "The book, Breaking The Pattern, provides an excellent synthesis of easy-to-use tactics and strategies that give an individual the resources to really effect change in his or her life.... I would recommend this book to everyone we all have patterns to break, and new ones to learn." Barbara Rolls, the Guthrie Chair of Nutrition at Penn State and the President of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, has said that "Breaking the Pattern will inspire you to get to the root of the eating behaviors that undermine your resolve to be healthy and manage your weight."
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Submitted on: 7-May-2002