It’s been a while since I wrote a book review, not for lack of reading, more just prioritising other work, but now I have a bit of a backlog.
This book, Your Erroneous Zones, is a great little reminder to question more or less every aspect of our perception, both of ourselves, and the world around us, and to be mindful of self talk.
”You can be motivated by your desire to grow rather than a need to repair your deficiencies”. – Dr Wayne W. Dyer
For those who are familiar with Dr. Wayne Dyer, you can tell it was written before his spiritual awakening as he can be a little inconsiderate in the way he speaks of showing a little less respect to others than I would be comfortable with. That being said it’s great in the way in which he questions countless social constructs like etiquette and pleasantries. Why hold your fork a certain way, why give a gift because you have to, not because you want to, why complete tasks out of moral obligation not because we feel inspired to.
”The essence of greatness is the ability to choose personal fulfilment in circumstances where others choose madness” – Dr Wayne W. Dyer
He makes some fascinating points especially in regard to being yourself, our frequent use of “I ams” and not holding back. He speaks a lot on worrying less and doing what needs to be done through creating positive habits, and avoiding approval seeking habits.
when you use ‘I ams’….“You are really saying ‘and I intend on being the way I’ve always been”…….”any I’m which keeps you from growing is a demon to be exorcised. If you must have an I’m, try this one of for size ‘I’m an ‘I’m’ exorcist – and I like it” – Dr Wayne W. Dyer
I think what I found most beneficial was his comprehensive breakdown of approval seeking and negative self talk. Dr Wayne Dyer is one of those authors that comes at you from so many angles that you cant help but retain the concepts.
”Seize every second of your life and savour it. Value your present moments. Using them up in self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever”. – Dr Wayne W. Dyer
Personally I quite enjoyed the book. I think his newer work is better (there is a lot of it) but even so I believe he raises some interesting ideas and questions some social constructs that are definitely passed their used-by date.
“You are responsible for your own emotions and so is everyone else. No one has control over your feelings except you.” – Dr Wayne W. Dyer
Many years ago the late Dr. Wayne W. Dyer made a movie. Its a little cheesy, but non-the-less brilliant. It can be found here.
If you have any other book recommendations please feel free to list them in the comment section.
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