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Making peace with your past : the six essential steps to enjoying a great future
Bloomfield, Harold H., 1944-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvi, 269 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Do You ... Harbor guilt, gripes, or grudges from past relationships? Feel plagued by thoughts like "If only I had or "I wish I didn't..."? Think "Oh, no, not again!" when personal problems arise? Feel ashamed of things you've done? Wish you could apologize to someone you've wronged and be forgiven? Feel victimized by past experiences? Wish you could set the record straight-and finally be vindicated? Wonder why life hasn't turned out the way you wanted? Feel anxious or depressed about your future? Seem to be less happy as time goes by?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you've come to the right place. It's time to make peace with your past.

The past lives on in everything you think, feel, say, and do. Medical studies show that adults who've had adverse childhood experiences are much more vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. But you can heal the pain of the past and create a vibrant, joyful future.

With the practical, scientifically proven techniques in this book, eminent psychiatrist Harold Bloomfield, M.D., will help you:

Break the shackles of shame-and feel your true worth. Stop the slow acid drip of regret-and feel truly grateful. Resolve the grief that will not end. Heal the not-so-obvious wounds of love and sex. Forgive and be forgiven. Reawaken to the magic and fun of being alive. Rediscover the passion to live your highest destiny.

Through Dr. Bloomfield's dynamic, psychospiritual approach, confusion is replaced by wisdom, bitterness by gratitude, heavy burdens by a lightness of being. You will finally be able to put the past to blessed rest and create the future you always dreamed of-and deserve.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

With this intelligent, sensitive work, Bloomfield (Making Peace with Your Parents; Making Peace with Yourself) adds another surefire success to the lengthy list of well-regarded psychology books that he's authored or coauthored. Embracing the view that unprocessed experience causes human suffering, he offers readers a program for examining their pasts that's been successful in his practice with individuals and in his seminars. While some case studies are included, Bloomfield's warmth and wide-ranging advice would be enough to fill this book, unlike many self-help books that rely on anecdotes to enliven them. While Bloomfield offers no quick fixes for emotional pain, he advocates a thorough and kindly, if unflinching, analysis of its causes. He firmly believes that finding inner peace gives one the mooring and strength to explore issues of shame, regret, grief, love and sex, and to view past history in a new light. His techniques for self-exploration include using imagery and meditation (an early proponent of Transcendental Meditation, Bloomfield also wrote the classic TM: Discovering Your Inner Energy and Overcoming Stress), and writing one's life story (he supplies helpful questions to get readers started). He also encourages spiritual pursuits, joining 12-step and other groups, if needed, as well as herbal remedies and other alternative measures. For the conscientious reader, Bloomfield's advice will help in dealing with psychological pain. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Bloomfield has become a renowned psychospiritual educator and champion of emotional literacy over the course of his 30-year career. His best sellers include Making Peace with Your Parents, Making Peace with Yourself, How To Heal Depression, and TM: Discovering Inner Energy and Overcoming Stress. Although he uses New Age vocabulary and makes references to Transcendental Meditation, overall Bloomfield clearly addresses the syndrome Freud called "repetition compulsion"Dhumans' tendency to re-create what they have not worked through. This is one of the few times in self-help literature that an author has tackled the underlying issues (e.g., shame, blame, guilt, regret, grief, and the past) that can prevent healing. With revealing exercises, Bloomfield shows readers how to rediscover "the passion to live [their] highest destiny." Recommended for all public libraries.DSusan E. Burdick, Lower Merion Sch. Dist., Ardmore, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.