Attitude Reconstruction.

Author:Millard, Elizabeth
Position:Book review

Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T. (author); ATTITUDE RECONSTRUCTION; Synergy Books (Family & Relationships) $24.95 ISBN: 9780984387908

Byline: Elizabeth Millard

Everyone yearns for more love and peace within themselves and in their families, but too often, people get stuck in a dreary cycle of isolation, fear, anger, and sadness. Despite wanting emotional health, individuals can fashion their emotions into weapons that hurt themselves, others, and their chances for a harmonious life, believes first-time author Jude Bijou.

"Dealing with our emotions constructively is the key to living a better life," she writes. "I am continually astonished, however, at how much we resist doing so, even when we know how much good it will do."

A marriage and family therapist, as well as a longtime student of Eastern philosophy, Bijou developed her theory of attitude reconstruction while working with clients to help them lead more fulfilling lives. She theorizes that every feeling derives from six primary emotions -- sadness, anger, fear, joy, love, and peace -- much like every shade in the rainbow can be made from the three primary colors.

Bijou believes that the positive emotions are fundamental aspects of our spiritual nature, but that the primary negative feelings spring from the human condition. When people allow these emotions free reign, it corrupts their bodies, behaviors, minds, and overall sense of well-being. Stress runs rampant, and unreleased emotions can fuel addictions and violence.

With her "attitude reconstruction," individuals are encouraged to express emotion, and replace habitual negative thinking with positive...

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