Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression, and Unleash Your Soul's Potential

Category: Book
By (author): Michels, Barry
By (author): Stutz, Phil
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Motivational
  PSYCHOLOGY / General
  PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
  SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: August 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

For anyone who's ever felt demoralized, addicted, drained of energy, or victimized, this follow-up to the transformative New York Times bestseller identifies the patterns of behaviour that hold us back and presents a tool for each that allows us to break free and realize our full potential.

Your relationship with life is a 2-way street. It gives to you, but it also makes demands of you. Life makes its demands known through the problems you encounter. Confronting your problems allows you to discover your potential--this is the essence of human evolution. Think of your evolution as a difficult climb up a mountain path. When you lose energy, it's like suddenly falling into a hole--you stop ascending. But in life, you dig the hole yourself. There are 4 different ways of digging this hole. Each consists of a set of attitudes and behaviours that drain your energy and make it impossible to go on. The 4 patterns are: demoralization, addiction, paralysis and victimization. In this second book of "tools," Stutz & Michels explain what you did to fall into each hole. They give you the specific tool that allows you to climb out, to create and maintain structure and resiliency in your own life, so you can continue the ascent to your highest potential.

Review Quote*

"This book blew my mind more than anything I learned this year." -Dr. Mehmet Oz
"Psychiatrist Phil Stutz and psychotherapist Barry Michels' bestselling book, The Tools, brilliantly distills the dynamic methodology developed in their private practice." -John Cusack, Huffington Post

"This is a MUST read. Trust me." -Kerry Washington

"Phil Stutz and co-author Barry Michels offer a solution that helps readers face fear head on. . . . I love the basic concept." -Chicago Tribune
"You read, think about it, let it sink in, and then read some more. . . . Offers plenty of food for thought. . . . We all have the power to change our own lives. If you want it, here it is." -Pensacola Book Review
"Slick. . . . It's hard to argue with [the book's] message. The Tools is asking us to love our enemies, be grateful for what we have, and remember our mortality, which is advice we could all stand to take." -Daily Beast
"[Stutz and Michels] are gaining notoriety for their practical, unconventional approach." -The Globe and Mail
"Barry Michels and Phil Stutz are two of the most-sought after shrinks in Hollywood. . . . Their services cost more than $400 an hour; but for a fraction of the price, you can buy their new book, The Tools." -National Post
"The tools are adapted from Jungian psychology but go a step further. . . . A thought-provoking book with a strong prescription to turn your life around." -Kirkus Reviews
"With deceptively potent visualization exercises, psychiatrist Stutz and psychotherapist Michels promote a rapid and streamlined method of self-improvement. . . . Though many of the tools are explained by addressing a creative problem, readers in any field are likely to feel empowered because of their ease of use. Easy but not shallow, the work of Michels and Stutz also has a transcendent component. . . . The clear, user-friendly approach plus a belief that ‘the power of higher forces is absolutely real' is a winning combination. Here is the rare self-help book that doesn't end with the self." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Every single thing I've written of any power or merit came through using the tools Barry taught me. Usually counterintuitive, sometimes dangerous, they only changed my life." -Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award–winning writer of Traffic and writer/director of Syriana
"Barry Michels and Phil Stutz are profoundly talented guides to the inner workings of the psyche. The Tools is breakthrough material that ignites your own capacity to transform your life." -Marianne Williamson
"These tools are emotional game changers; they can help you work through conflicts, get happier, and feel a deep sense of purpose. As simple and practical as they are, they do nothing less than deliver you to your best and most powerful self." -Kathy Freston, author of Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness

Biographical NotePHIL STUTZ graduated Phi Beta Kappa from City College in New York and received his MD from New York University. He worked as a prison psychiatrist on Rikers Island and then in private practice in New York before moving his practice to Los Angeles in 1982. Barry Michels has a BA from Harvard, a law degree from UC Berkeley, and an MSW from USC. He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 1980.