Book Review – Breaking the habit of being yourself
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself
Dr Joe Dispenza D.C.
I was intrigued by the title of this book, being someone who knows all too well the mistakes they make yet still makes them habitually and I wanted to read what Dr Joe had to say about changing it all for the better.
It’s a well structured book. Starting with a bit of science (stick with it it’s actually quite interesting to learn how your brain functions!). The book then moves into why we develop these habits, through influences, upbringing, friends, social demographic and environment. How is it that we get stuck in a mundane rut, we fall into a relationship which isn’t quite fulfilling enough but stick with it because its ‘ok’ and we get up every morning and go to jobs that pay the mortgage but don’t excite one jot of passion, in fact sometimes they even make us miserable. But for some reason we stick with it to the bitter end. This section explores those all to familiar scenarios.
‘So if you keep thinking the same thoughts, doing the same things, and feeling the same emotions, you will begin to hardwire your brain into a finite pattern that is the direct reflection of your finite reality. Consequently, it will become easier and more natural for you to reproduce the same mind on a moment-to-moment basis.’
The last part is how to fix it and provides exercises tips and advice on how to break the cycle, break the habit of being ourselves and become a better, happier version.
Sounds good right? Well for the most part yes it is, some paragraphs really clicked in my head and some of the scenarios were a little too close to home. I certainly felt that this book was a good read for me at my point in life. However, I would bet a million dollars (if I had it) that Dr Joe had read one of my favourite books Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walshe. Some sentences and statements were scarily similar, confirming and reconfirming what I already know, but for some reason still choose not to do.
‘You could call this a rut, and we all fall into them, but it goes much deeper than that: not just your actions, but also your attitudes and your feelings become repetitive. You have formed the habit of being yourself by becoming, in a sense, enslaved to your environment.’
Other parts of the book headed in a direction I simply did not want to go down. Can you cure cancer by changing your mindset? Are you more likely to get a terminal illness if you lead a miserable life? I think not. But that’s my opinion and these somewhat radical statements are few and far between (maybe the editor and publisher had something to do with that) and I could skim passed these odd sentences and carry on with the book.
The copy editor of this book for kindle/Ebook does need to be fired though quite frankly. I’ve not read an Ebook which is so poorly formatted. Hyphens between words that shouldn’t have them, crazy caps shouting out at you randomly mid sentence and grammatical errors which made some parts almost impossible to read.
If you can turn a blind eye to the odd radical statement, navigate past the poor grammar and not take this book too seriously you will find yourself with a good read, and take out some positive tips and advice to get you thinking about your life, loves, career and assess if they really are enough for you or if its time to make some changes to create a better life for you.