Taming Your Gremlin

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Very early into this book and already have to give it a top-priority recommendation.

Your gremlin interprets your every experience. He has nothing good to say about you or anything you do, not to mention your dreams and aspirations. Just when you feel you’ve out-argued or overcome him, he changes his disguise and his strategy. Grapple with him and you become more enmeshed. What he hates is simply being noticed. That’s the first step to his taming.

Carson offers some excellent strategies, insights and suggestions for raising awareness around our unrelenting nature (Gremlin) that prevents us from achieving our full potential. I particularly enjoy and appreciate the reminders to simply observe our own process of self-condemning nature that drives anxiety and depression — to make the shift from chaos to mindfulness in the current moment.

Fun Sendak-inspired illustrations engage our childlike (and sometimes childish) desires to bring the Gremlin to life, encouraging curiosity, imagination and play while downgrading the potential power of the Gremlin itself.

Definitely not for everyone.  And there are moments of oversimplification and predictable attacks on Western psychiatry.  My favorite part is when he asks you to identify your Gremlin by name, identify its features and treat it much like an unfortunate pet.  You’ll see what I mean when you get to that chapter…

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