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Awaken the power within : in defense of self-help / Albert Amao.
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9780143132592
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New York : TarcherPerigee, 2018.
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xxvi, 260 pages ; 21 cm.
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"The $12 billion self-help industry is under constant attack for pedaling false miracles to duped believers. But sociologist Albert Amao demonstrates that Americans eagerly support self-help books, seminars, and programs because, under the right conditions, these things work. Sociologist Albert Amao analyzes the accuracy of self-help and positive-thinking claims in this groundbreaking--and wholly unexpected--exploration of what works, what doesn't, and why"-- Provided by publisher.
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Sociologist Albert Amao analyzes the accuracy of self-help and positive-thinking claims in this groundbreaking--and wholly unexpected-exploration of what works, what doesn't, and why.

"Regarding my personal experience," Amao writes, "I can testify that positive thinking and positive action have worked wonderfully for me. Born in a poor Latin-American country into a very impoverished family with both parents practically illiterate, I was the oldest of five children. I started working when I was six years old, shining shoes and selling newspapers to help my family. Nobody then would have believed that I would be able to finish high school. Nevertheless, I was able to do it going to night school, which allowed me to be admitted at the San Marcos University in Lima to get my Ph.D. in sociology. All these things were possible because, when I was teenager, I had access to New Thought," or positive-thinking philosophy.

Contrary to the critics who blithely dismiss self-help methods, or the New Age gurus who sell it them as miracles, Amao-writing with sobriety, scholarship, and drawing on deep personal experience-explores the conditions under which self-help is authentic.


Author Notes

Albert Amao Soria is a graduate of the National University of San Marcos, in Lima, Peru. He holds a PhD in sociology, and is a social theorist and cultural critic. He lectures widely on metaphysical subjects and is a national speaker of the Theosophical Society in America. The founder of the Center for Spiritual Self-Awakening, Mr. Amao is the author of several books, including Healing Without Medicine and The Dawning of the Golden Age of Aquarius.


Table of Contents

Mitch Horowitz
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Part 1 Self Help and Positive-Thinking Movements
1 Overview of the Self-Help Movementp. 3
2 Overview of Positive Thinkingp. 23
3 Making Sense of Self-Help and Positive Thinkingp. 42
4 The Fallacy of the "Power of Now"p. 56
5 The "As If" Principle and the Power of Assumptionp. 81
Part 2 Self-Help and Self-Healing
6 Self-Help and Therapeutic Suggestionsp. 91
7 Christian Science and Collective Suggestionp. 105
8 Exploring a Scientific Rationale of Self-Deceptionp. 116
9 Religion and Placebo Healingp. 130
10 Faith Healing and Mass Suggestionp. 137
Part 3 The Oneness of Life
11 The Mental Universep. 147
12 The Will to Createp. 158
13 The Qabalah and the Quaternity Principlep. 174
14 The "I Am" and the Power of the Lost Wordp. 186
15 An Existential Question: Who Am I?p. 205
Epilogue: A Metaphysical Answer: You Are a Magicianp. 216
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 247
About the Authorp. 261

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