Review: The Art of Balance

I have been reading psychological books for over fifty years. I divide them into three categories: academic, self-help/inspirational and moronic. My favorite academic book is Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, even though most of his concepts have been debunked over the last fifty years. Favorite self-help/inspirational is Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, enhanced by my experience of actually taking a class from him in graduate school. Then there are the many moronic ones I have started that tend to boast of cosmic connections that soon become weighed down in silliness, over-ripe imaginations and folly.

David Bookbinder’s submission into the pantheon of psychology books is The Art of Balance. I liked the book, very much. Freud invented the Id, Ego and Superego; Bookbinder created the more useful Balancer, UnBalancer, and ReBalancer. By these devices, he is able to define and externalize life’s slings and arrows and also our personal misperceptions and misconceptions to make them manageable. He also presents practical tools to try when needed. The “What to do” sections tell you exactly what to do. Readers will say, “That makes sense,” and “I can do that.”

I cannot recall a better organized, more practical, more useful and better-written self-help book. It is also compact, which makes everything even better. I also enjoyed the many delightful and helpful illustrations. This is the kind of book that could be read in high schools with great effect and I guess half the adult population could benefit from reading it too. I highly recommend David Bookbinder’s, The Art of Balance to anyone seeking better clarity for living a well-adjusted life.

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