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Description - Is That All There is? by David Brandt

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? " 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

Book Reviews - Is That All There is? by David Brandt

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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