My son who usually prefers YouTube videos and video games couldn't put this book down. He told me many times that "this author gets it." He read me his favorite passages and we had the most interesting and in-depth conversations. It really helped my son understand himself and helped me to understand him better. Highly recommend.
I would, but MY DAMN MIND won't let me! Helping Young Men Understand Their Thoughts and Feelings
I've purchased a few books for my 15 year old son in the past that went untouched. He chuckled when he saw the title of this book and started flipping through it. A couple of days later, he asked for the workbook. I'm thrilled that he finally found a book he enjoyed.
"I would, but MY DAMN MIND won't let me!: A Guided Workbook to Help Young Men Use the Power of the Mind to Be Positive, Happy, and Confident" by award-winning author Jacqui Letran, is a companion book to "I would, but MY DAMN MIND won't let me: A Young Man's Guide to Understanding His Thoughts and Feelings". The best way to describe this book is with an analogy. Imagine a doctor trying to perform a critical operation without understanding the nature of the body part being operated on? What are the chances of success? In comparison, how does one succeed in life, operating at optimal levels, without understanding how your own mind works; how those inner voices affect you and how to control the subconscious mind which can work both for and against you? Letran's book is aimed at showing teens, and for that matter, any reader, how to understand how the mind, both the conscious part and the subconscious mind, work in tandem, how they integrate and what makes the subconscious mind work against you - resulting in stress, depression, anxiety, lack of confidence and self-esteem. Sadly, no one hands you a manual when you are growing up, one that clearly explains how your mind functions, and why, when you experience negative emotions and negative thoughts, you can spiral out of control. There should be a manual for life, and whether it is this book or not, it should certainly present the inner workings of the mind with the simplicity that Letran does, and how, through practice and discipline, one can become master of the subconscious element and navigate with understanding and greater success through life. I recommend both books - for anyone who wants to shed light on the dark tunnels and recesses of their own mind.
I would but My Damn Mind won't let me: A Young Man's Guide to Understanding His Thoughts and Feelings, is a brilliant book, which by all accounts, should be included in school curriculums as required reading for all teens. In the first part of the book, Jacqui Letran talks to the reader in a very real and intimate sense, presenting the functionality of how the mind works and how it stores memories, good and bad, and how, in a very real sense, the subconscious mind kicks back on the individual, bringing about feelings of doubt, anxiety, stress, depression, anger, lack of self-esteem and confidence and more. For anyone, not only teens, this book is an eye-opener, a practical and simple lay-out of how the mind works both for us and against us in our daily lives. In the second part of the book, the author presents real case-histories to illuminate the points presented earlier in the book. These are excellent and relevant. Teens are already struggling with new dynamics as they approach adulthood, and generally speaking, the educational system does a poor job of educating them on this very important aspect of their lives. Again, this book should be a part of school curriculums, because with it, teens would have a far better chance of successfully negotiating the personal hurdles they face as they prepare to take the leap into the world. An excellent read and recommended to anyone.