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You've finally reached the goal (a new home, job promotion, marriage...) that you thought would make you happy-but you're not. What's wrong? Why are so many of us depressed, so unhappy in our personal lives? "...today we suffer from an unparalleled case of inflated hopes and expectations," says Dr. David Brandt. "Disappointment flourishes in this environment." Here's the antidote: Is That All There Is? explains the psychology of disappointment, social influences that contribute to it, ways we deal with it, and how to convert it to a force for positive growth in our lives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781886230132
ISBN-10: 1886230137
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Impact Publishers Inc.,U.S.
Publisher: Impact Publishers Inc.,U.S.
Publish Date: 17-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States


US Kirkus Review » Garden-variety advice about how to avoid or deal with disappointment - padded out to book-length with syndrome-jargon, case-histories, cultural generalizations, literary allusions, and lots of repetition. Clinical psychologist Brandt identifies four types of disappointment (simple, chronic, developmental, socially induced). He notes the "six stages of disappointment" - with unrealistic expectations as the un-surprising first step; he finds specific disappointment-syndromes related to work, relationships, sexuality, family, and the aging process. He also suggests three "styles" of disappointment - acquiescent, deprived, and self-important. But, despite all this pigeon-holing, the focus on disappointment per so doesn't illuminate the familiar array of problems covered here. Even weaker is Brandt's discussion of socially induced disappointment - with trite, over-simplified comments on the "Me" generation. ("Exaltation of the self is in the air. . . . The current ubiquity of sex has taken the very life out of it.") And his prescriptions for reducing, overcoming, and using disappointment - "Trim Down Expectations," "Expect Some Disappointment" - are generally on the fortune-cookie level. Not without a core of common-sense, but blathery and. . . disappointing. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - David Brandt

David Brandt, PhD, co-author of Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers, is a nationally-known practicing psychologist, keynote speaker, and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. U.S. News and World Report calls him "a leading authority on disappointment."

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