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Too soon old, too late smart : thirty true things you need to know now

Author: Gordon Livingston
Publisher: New York : Marlowe & Co. ; [United States] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After service in Vietnam as a surgeon during the height of the war, Dr. Livingston returned to the U.S. and began work as a psychiatrist. In that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives--what works, what doesn't, and the limitless ways (most of them self-inflicted) we have found to be unhappy. Out of a lifetime of experience, Livingston has extracted thirty bedrock truths, which he illuminates in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Livingston
ISBN: 1569244197 9781569244197
OCLC Number: 56214761
Description: xviii, 169 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: If the map doesn't agree with the ground, the map is wrong --
We are what we do --
It is difficult to remove by logic an idea not placed there by logic in the first place --
The statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas --
Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least --
Feelings follow behavior --
Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid --
The perfect is the enemy of the good --
Life's two most important questions are "Why?" and "Why not?" The trick is knowing which one to ask --
Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses --
The most secure prisons are those we construct for ourselves --
The problems of the elderly are frequently serious but seldom interesting --
Happiness is the ultimate risk --
True love is the apple of Eden --
Only bad things happen quickly --
Not all who wander are lost --
Unrequited love is painful but not romantic --
There is nothing more pointless, or common, than doing the same things and expecting different results --
We flee from the truth in vain --
It's a poor idea to lie to oneself --
We are all prone to the myth of the perfect stranger --
Love is never lost, not even in death --
Nobody likes to be told what to do --
The major advantage of illness is that it provides relief from responsibility --
We are afraid of the wrong things --
Parents have a limited ability to shape children's behavior, except for the worse --
The only real paradises are those we have lost --
Of all the forms of courage, the ability to laugh is the most profoundly therapeutic --
Mental health requires freedom of choice --
Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing.
Responsibility: Gordon Livingston ; foreword by Elizabeth Edwards.
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After service in Vietnam as a surgeon during the height of the war, Dr. Livingston returned to the U.S. and began work as a psychiatrist. In that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives--what works, what doesn't, and the limitless ways (most of them self-inflicted) we have found to be unhappy. Out of a lifetime of experience, Livingston has extracted thirty bedrock truths, which he illuminates in a series of carefully hewn essays, underscoring that "we are what we do," and that while there may be no escaping who we are, we also have the capacity to face loss, misfortune and regret and to move beyond them--that it is not too late.--From publisher description.

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