Ken Tangen Five Life-Changing Ideas

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Five Life-Changing Ideas

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This book is for anyone on a journey of self-discovery. Ideas are the most powerful things in the world, so it's important to discover which are worth keeping and which should be discarded. The author provides practical techniques for discovering, assessing and prioritizing ideas about who we are, what we want and how we want to live. With easy to follow instructions, this workbook is full of exercises to increase self-knowledge, explore personal values, and discover one's life passion. Dr. Ken Tangen writes, "We may or may not be what we eat but we certainly are what we think."

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Consultant, counselor, mediator and psychology professor, Dr. Ken Tangen helps people explore, evaluate and change their lives. His own path began with a voice scholarship to a major conservatory but turned to research, counseling and teaching. Dr. Tangen is the founder of Cognesco Consulting, an adjunct professor at Orange Coast College and a lecturer at UC Irvine's Department of Cognitive Sciences. He is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists.

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I stood on the deck of the ferry considering suicide.

We had left Seattle a few minutes earlier and were about halfway across Puget Sound. It was raining lightly from heavy clouds that almost touched the water. The city's lights flickered across the black waves, and I was lost in thought.

Death seemed like a good solution. I would get freedom. I wouldn't have to face those questions again. I'd escape the prying looks and condescending tones of friends, relatives, and strangers. Relatives were the worst. Friends could be avoided and strangers ignored but I couldn't get away from the relatives. Family gatherings, like the one to which I was headed, made it impossible for me to escape. I was stuck, and there was little I could do to defend myself.

No one understood. They didn't realize that it wasn't my fault. They blamed me for my trouble. I was unemployed and the more I searched the less I found. But it wasn't my fault. I didn't know whose fault it was but I was sure it wasn't mine.

I hadn't made me blind. I hadn't made me an albino or given my brother Down's Syndrome. I wasn't to blame for my father's death. It was nature, God, the universe. Someone other than me should take the blame.

Yet I blamed myself for it all. Life was out of control and I was at fault. Not for anything in particular; I was to blame for everything. I felt very alone. It was as if everything was tumbling and there was no one there to protect me. There I stood at the rail. My heart felt as cold as the steel rail I tightly grasped.

I felt like the words above: melodramatic. "Heart as cold as the steel rail"--give me a break. Who talks like that? But when we're in the middle of trouble we feel as if we're in a soap opera. We feel everything deeply. I felt overwhelmingly hopeless. It's how I saw life.

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