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Book Title: Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes|
The author of the book: William Bridges
Edition: Da Capo Press
Date of issue: August 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780738211428
Format files: PDF
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This was assigned work reading! Who knew bosses could assign you books!
The last year has meant a lot of changes at work and the vast majority have been good ones, like, 99.99999%, but our department has had to get used to it, so that's where the assigned reading came from.
Anyway, like most self-help-ish books, you kind of have to figure out what parts work for you and the part that I really valued was the idea of a "neutral" zone between the ending and a new beginning. And this neutral zone is a good thing and it's okay and even valuable that you feel all confused and lost and not sure what you want in that time period. That's really helped me when I look back at some of my own life transitions.
This is also the book that made me want to read about Eleanor Roosevelt because of this passage:
When Eleanor Roosevelt looked back on her own painful life transition at thirty-five, she wrote, "Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really live anyone else's life, not even your own child's." What she did not say was that her discovery came only after a terrible time of disenchantment and disorientation that almost killed her. She had discovered that her husband was having an affair with one of her most rusted friends. It was out of the shattered dream of domestic safety that she emerged, struggling against her own shyness and self-doubt, to become the important public figure in her own right that she remained for the rest of her life.
I find that so very relatable.
Flaw in the book: Lots of talk about "traditional cultures." It's wrong to group all cultures together and what does "traditional" mean anyway?
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Read information about the authorWilliam Bridges is an internationally known speaker, author, and consultant who advises individuals and organizations in how to deal productively with change.
Educated originally in the humanities at Harvard, Columbia, and Brown Universities, he was (until his own career change in 1974) a professor of American Literature at Mills College, Oakland, CA. He is a past president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology. The Wall Street Journal listed him as one of the top ten independent executive development presenters in America.
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