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Think and Make It Happen: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Overcoming Negative Thoughts, and Discovering Your True Potential [Hardcover]

By Dr. Augusto Cury (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.2" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785227814  
EAN  9780785227816  
UPC  020049059128  


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Take control of your past, your memory, your emotions, your life!

While in medical school, Dr. Augusto Cury became fascinated with the impact a healthy mind can have on emotions and life. After many years of research and founding The Intelligence Institute, he concluded:



Every person is a genius because everyone has the power to think.

Harnessing "mind power" has been scientifically proven to enhance a person's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

The human act of thinking is the greatest wonder of the universe.

In The Extravagant Mind, Dr. Cury unveils the multifocal intelligence process showing readers how to master their emotions, stress, thoughts, and relationships, as well as how to become creative thinkers and revolutionary leaders. Complete with a 12-week program, participants will learn to apply the universal laws for quality of life to their own lives: authorship, beauty, creativity, sleep, thoughts, emotions, memory, listening, dialogue, drive, spirituality, and celebration and start experiencing the life they desire.

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Take control of your past, your memory, your emotions, your life!

While in medical school, Dr. Augusto Cury became fascinated with the impact a healthy mind can have on emotions and life. After many years of research and founding The Intelligence Institute, he concluded:

  • Every person is a genius because everyone has the power to think.
  • Harnessing "mind power" has been scientifically proven to enhance a person's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
  • The human act of thinking is the greatest wonder of the universe.

In Think and Make It Happen, Dr. Cury unveils the multifocal intelligence process showing readers how to master their emotions, stress, thoughts, and relationships, as well as how to become creative thinkers and revolutionary leaders. Complete with a 12-week program, participants will learn to apply the universal laws for quality of life to their own lives: authorship, beauty, creativity, sleep, thoughts, emotions, memory, listening, dialogue, drive, and spirituality and celebration and start experiencing the life they desire.



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More About Dr. Augusto Cury

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Augusto Cury is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, scientist and bestselling author. The writer of more than twenty books, Cury is currently one of the most widely read authors in Brazil where he has sold over twelve million books. His books have been published in more than fifty countries. "The Dreamseller: The Calling" is the recipient of China's 2009 Weishanu Award for Best Foreign Novel. Through his work as a theorist in education and philosophy, he created the "Theory of Multifocal Intelligence" which presents a new approach to the logic of thinking, the process of interpretation and the creation of thinkers. Cury created the "School of Intelligence" based on this theory. Please visit www.thedreamseller.net.

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Made me think, but with some concerns  Mar 12, 2010
Think and Make it Happen, by Dr. Augsto Cury, caught my eye because of the catchy title, interesting premise, and seemingly lofty claims. Who doesn't want to eliminate their fears, master emotions, release creativity and even "reinvent your entire life". What follows in the book are some interesting ideas and tools for dealing with your inner self, but unfortunately it falls short of being that one book that will solve all the problems of life.

The book goes through Cury's twelve principles for "thinking correctly" most of which are very helpful and reflect time-tested practices like setting goals, making good choices, knowing your limits, working through failure, taking personal control of your own life, staying positive, focusing on the present, and not acting rashly by letting emotions control your life.

The first chapter "Being the author of your own story I really liked because it does take a different tack on looking at your life from the outside and realizing that you are the author and director of what is going on in your life and inasmuch as you are willing to act to write the script and make the necessary changes in your life, you can radically impact the action and the plot in your story.

In the second chapter, Cury introduces his "DCD" technique for managing thoughts - that is, Doubt, Criticize, and Determine which will be mentioned throughout the book. In a nutshell this is the idea of monitoring your thoughts and picking off those that are negative or disturbing. Those negative thoughts should be challenged an analyzed critically and used for positive change or turned into something more helpful.

Where things started getting murky for me was later when Curry talked about "Protecting Your Memory" and even altering your memory. Curry continues to attempt to draw examples from the life of Jesus to support his principles. And in the memory chapter goes as far as to say that "Judas's biggest mistake wasn't the betrayal of Jesus but his failure to learn transparency and realize that his greatest problems were within him." This does sound like what I might expect to hear from a psychologist, but statements like this led me to be more critical and guarded about the rest of the book.

Curry continues with guidance on being a better listener and being open to dialogue - and I am a big fan of dialogue versus debate. He continues these ideas, which do build on each other, to working on listening to and responding to the dialogue within you own mind. True listening and productive dialogue are very important and are something people work a lifetime to do well, so spending time thinking and practicing these skills in really key.

But then we move into "contemplating beauty" and are urged to "allow everyday moments to become magical experiences" which can occasionally be true, but not in many of my everyday moments. Curry encourages the reader to use "Psycho-adaptation" to turn ugly things into beautiful things, like turning the pain of the loss of a loved to a focus on "new interests". Having been through some painful times, there is a time for mourning and grief where just "thinking happy thoughts" will not turn the loss into "magical experiences". It is the inconsistency of Cury's ideas, from insightful to questionable, which prevent me from rating this book higher.
The chapter on Creativity seems rushed and out of sync with some of the others - there are much better coverage of Creativity in other entire books - and the chapter on being "Restored in Your Sleep" makes good points which would be key if a lack of sleep or troubled sleep were an issue in someone's life.

From my view Cury gets back on track with his chapter on living an "Enterprising Lifestyle" by outlining how to be looking for change, willingness to act on change and take a risk, accepting failure as well as success, and living live as an exciting adventure.

But he then goes off on a tangent with a very "heady" chapter on "Thinking Existentially" where he tries to tie together all ideas of identity, cosmology, and religion - with a stress that "this book respects any form of belief, including atheism" - but at the same time making a case for a "God". The chapter floats between psychology, philosophy, theology, and never really "lands" in a way that makes it helpful to the reader. Again, this treatment of the topic further clouded my view of the chapters that really did seem to make sense and be helpful to me.

Overall the book was one that made me think and had some good insights, but it also caused doubts and made me critical of the content and author. I got a couple good "take-aways" from the book so I will give it a couple of stars, but it falls short of being a recommendation.
 
The anxiety breakthrough?  Feb 26, 2010
Anxiety affects how we feel, how we behave, and manifests in real physical symptoms. It feels a bit like fear, but we often don't know what we are anxious about. Mild anxiety can be unsettling but severe anxiety can be extremely enervating and paralyzing.

What causes anxiety, and how to manage it? These questions have been pondered for many years. Many theories were developed to help people cope with this feeling that has no object, but continues to exist and to disturb the soul of every man and woman.

Is it man's awareness of himself and of his existence that has engendered this restless feeling of anxiety? Biblically, man was allegedly punished with self-awareness for defying the authority and the will of his creator. With this self-awareness came shame and anxiety.

Anxiety is often set off by stress in our lives, or could also be inherited and triggered by the stressors in the environment. Some of us are more vulnerable to anxiety than others, but we can learn to manage it with cognitive restructuring and behavioral learning, as well as medicines that dampen the firing storm in our brains to mitigate it and make it more manageable.

Having faith is one cognitive intervention that could help an anxious person alleviate his debilitating anxiety.

Surprisingly, Cury a psychiatrist has written a faith-based book that might give the reader some answers and maybe some reflection and strategy on coping with anxiety by using Jesus Christ as a model for salvation from this existential and disturbing feeling.
In Think, and Make It Happen, Cury unveils the multifocal intelligence process showing readers how to become proficient in managing their emotions, stress, thoughts, and relationships, as well as how to become creative thinkers and self-helpers. The book also elucidates the psychological and psychiatric perspective of Jesus. Cury uses Jesus as an example, declaring him the smartest man who ever lived, and using him figuratively and excessively as an example to achieve happiness.
However, Cury's book is a simplistic way of dealing with every day's anxiety and struggles in life. His advice might not apply to pathological anxiety that causes people severe impairment in their daily functioning. His advice is sound and commonsensical, but hardly a breakthrough program for conquering anxiety.

Finally, Cury's book might offer the reader some enlightening views and perspectives.
The book entails twelve chapters that edify Cury's alleged twelve curative principles.
It ranges from authoring and taking charge of your own life, to managing your emotions effectively, to unleashing your creativity, and turning life into a celebration.

 
Good premise, but doesn't quite deliver  Feb 25, 2010
Do you suffer from anxiety, constant negative thoughts, or finding direction in your life? If so the title of this book will catch your attention. And it has a great premise, examine your thoughts on a regular basis and start thinking more positively with a can-do attitude.

But is this easier said than done?

I think so. The author, Dr. Augusto Cury, outlines 12 steps (every good self-help book has 12 of them, right?) to overcome the issues in your life. Taking control on your own life sounds awesome:

1. Be the author of your own story.
2. Direct your thoughts.
3. Manage your emotions.
4. Protect your memory.
5. Learn to listen and dialogue.
6. Learn the art of self-dialogue.
7. Contemplate beauty.
8. Unleash creativity.
9. Be restored in your sleep.
10. Live an enterprising lifestyle.
11. Think existentially.
12. Turn life into a celebration.


As good as Dr. Cury is at stirring up positive thinking and using endless amounts of pure poetry, he never quite tells us how to get from point A to point B. Sure, it would be great if we could all think positively and never give up on life. In my opinion this book was filled with an excess of self-help book jargon. And I have read a lot of self-help books! This book was filled with more fluff than helpful information. My advice? Read the Bible...it is the ultimate self-help book.
 
Very Helpful Book - Especially for Christians or Theology Students  Jan 29, 2010
Dr. Augusto Cury is one of the country's top psychiatrists, but this title "Think and Make it Happen" is a little misleading. My impression was I was getting motivational tool on getting things done, stop procrastinating, getting a hold of my life, my circumstances, getting a better mental attitude- helping me with anxiety etc. At Least that is what I thought and why I chose the book. IT DOES DO ALL THAT - but the method is not at all what I expected. The first chapter was really hard for me to get through because I had different expectations and had a hard time connecting with his ideas..

Before we get to the method I want to say - I want to clarify that Cury's book explains how our minds work, how we process memories and how experiences can either help or hinder our outlook on life and situations. Cury spells this all out in layman's terms - it's easy to understand. He then takes us (the reader) through a process of analyzing how we think, why we think in certain ways and how to overcome mental baggage.

His technique is called: DCD: doubt, criticize and determine. This technique helps us re-edit our own lives, looking at past events with new eyes. Most people who struggle with these issues will point to events in their past that have "limited, ruined, or distracted them". Using the DCD method helps these people see their true esteem and the validity -- or invalidity -- of their histories. (Invalidate? that's a very BAD word!) I had a hard time with this section because I felt it was very negative.
"Doubt *criticize* determine".

I see my past actions, situations, and issues that I've gone through and have overcome all as building blocks to the person I am now. They've all become POSITIVE learning experiences that make me *me*. I can see how his program might be helpful for someone who is still stuck on an issue - but I don't like the wording "criticize" or "validity". I see where he is trying to go with it - but I think it could be improved!!- In a more positive way, or maybe I just didn't "get it" or maybe I already graduated beyond this part of the book??. The book had some good ideas but the idea of "thinking correctly" and learning to "think correctly" rubbed me the wrong way and didn't tell me about how to get from point A to point B. I don't believe you should tell someone that their thinking is necessarily "wrong" or in-validate memories. There were a lot of negative aspects to the book in this regard that left me with so many questions and received as my one answer and ONLY ONE ANSWER:

"What would Jesus do."

umm. ok.

I already think Jesus is a wonderful role-model, but this was not entirely the answer to all my questions. For one.. Jesus knew Jesus was ....well Jesus.
and two.. I'm most definitely not Jesus.. Though it did get me thinking... AS INTENDED.

There is a lot more to the book. This is where I was a bit stunned, "What would Jesus Do?" but the book had finally grabbed my attention IN A GOOD WAY.
So this book - was written as an explanation of his program for conquering anxiety, negative thoughts, panic attacks etc. For each principle of emotional health, the author also discusses how the ultimate role model, Jesus, exhibited this emotional health.

Each of the principles builds on the others, and so should be moved through in order by anyone hoping to overcome issues in their life. The principles are:

1. Be the author of your own story.
2. Direct your thoughts.
3. Manage your emotions.
4. Protect your memory.
5. Learn to listen and dialogue.
6. Learn the art of self-dialogue.
7. Contemplate beauty.
8. Unleash creativity.
9. Be restored in your sleep.
10. Live an enterprising lifestyle.
11. Think existentially.???!!! (this one I think is kind of depressing)


So obviously this book isn't going to be for everyone. Although, I do think that there is *SOMETHING* for everyone in this book.

This definitely gives a unique slant to reading scripture: looking through a psychiatric lens. Which for me, being Christian and also having had a lotsof therapy is kind of fascinating. The book isn't preachy at all either- The book Dr. Cury uses Jesus strictly from a clinical/historical aspect (as like the PERFECT role model). I think that can be a little bit intimidating for some of us, but there are some excellent exercises for changing the way you perceive yourself- your self-esteem. So his "Think and Make it Happen" title was really meaning changing the way you think to lead a happier and more positive life - not this is how you can from point a to point b become more productive or stop procrastinating or quit smoking.

"Think and Make it Happen" is not a book that just tells you to start thinking positively. It explains how the negative thoughts can manifest and how each thought builds on the next to create poor circumstances. Dr. Cury gives you tools to follow that when put into practice can alter how you'll perceive people, situations, fears and anxiety. At the end of each chapter there are exercises to practice what you've just learned.. Plus discussion questions which is great for group therapy or Bible study since he uses scripture (like The Secret).

So, I actually ended up being very pleased with the book, even though I was thrown off at first. Dr. Cury holds Jesus up as the example of forgiving those that have not been all that we wanted or needed them to be; which was the lesson that I needed to *really* learn the most. So don't judge a book by it's cover (even twice hehe) this one now has become a joyous resource that I reach for on my nightstand all the time and have sent to someone very important to me.

This isn't the right book for everyone, I totally acknowledge that, at first I didn't think it was for me.. - some parts really touch me and some parts I wish I could revise! LOL

If you connected with Beauty For Ashes: Receiving Emotional Healing (Revised Edition) - then you will DEFINITELY find a place for this book on your shelf and in your heart.




 
Better than anticipated  Jan 18, 2010
I have to admit reluctantly, that I have had this book in my possession for several months. The title sounded interesting, but once I had it in my hands, I couldn't bear to begin. Dr Cury is a brilliant psychologist and researcher... I didn't feel smart enough to read it. I felt bored by it without even opening the cover. I think I just wasn't ready.

Then I got the flu...

Confined to home for a full week and without the energy to do anything else, I found myself picking this book up again and again. Reading a chapter at a time (between bouts of sleeping) I found it to be easily read, easily understood, and brilliant. Absolutely brilliant!

Dr. Cury is wonderful at explaining the complexities of our minds - things that confound even those who research and practice within the psychological fields - in ways that make even us regular folk understand and, more importantly, understand that we're not crazy. OCD, depression, racing thoughts, fear, phobias, living in the past (or future), stressed out, irritable, restless, over (or under)-emotional, ... many psychological ailments you can think of... come from the fact we have never been taught how to think and how to control out minds. (there are things that only meds can help, so don't ditch your drugs just yet) We learn many other things in school, but no one teaches how to control the chaos in our heads. In this book, Dr Cury does just that. Simple, practical, useful basic steps that are easily read and understood- it can be picked up and put down again and again.

So you won't think only psycho, emotionally-challenged, self-help junkies will benefit from this book, I originally wanted to read it for the chapter on "Unleashing Creativity". As an aritst, I've recently felt blocked in that area... and needing help to unblock. This book goes beyond other books I've read on the subject.

Using Jesus as example, Dr Cury gives practical examples of the power of changing the way we think- and the ramifications that change can have on our lives.

"He [Jesus] wanted to each them [and us] to think before reacting, to question themselves, to critique their ideas, and to govern they psyche. ... He taught them to recognize their limits, to not be afraid of their failures, and to control their thoughts. He also taught them to be sensitive and humble, to build strong relationships. He didn't want to produce warriors but people who thought and loved; people who would be capable of turning the other cheek, not as a gesture of weakness, but to surprise the careless and encourage them to think. Walking with him was an invitation to be free and to be a leader of oneself and a director of one's thoughts. Those close to him understood that there was no use in changing the outer world without first changing one's own inner world."

Read it with a highlighter in your hand... You'll find nuggets of wisdom you'll want to return to again and again.
 

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