Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi

This is an approach to personal transformation I have not seen before. I like it. I like her focus on movement toward who I want to be rather than away from the parts of me I don't like. I like her thought provoking map sessions. Even though I have read a ton of personal development books, I still learned something about myself with her exercises. I like how she helps us develop a plan based on our learning who we are, what motivates us and makes us feel authentic. I really liked her section on internal chatter. I liked permission to be kind to myself.

Izadi believes that each of us has the ability to become our best self. The material in this book provides the insights and tools we need to understand where we are and how to get where we want to be. We design our own plan based on what we learn through the self awareness process in the book. Creating our own plan helps us be much more invested in change rather than if we are told what needs to be done by someone else.

Izadi points out that The Kindness Method is not a replacement for counseling. If going through the work uncovers something a reader thinks needs deeper work, she encourages incorporating professional help into the plan.

This may well be the most practical book on personal transformation I have read. Completing the exercises was a very insightful process and one I think I'll repeat. The process takes work but it is well worth it as I think it will produce lasting change.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Shahroo Izadi is a Behavioral Change Specialist. She started her career in the NHS before setting up her private practice. Her therapeutic approach is influenced by her frontline addiction treatment work in clinical, community, and prison settings. Her work has been featured on many media outlets. She runs workshops in London and is regularly asked to speak on behavioral change, mental health and addiction.

Bluebird, 208 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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