“At a time when slick, superficial, psychological works are foisted on the lay- public, Allen Wheelis has written a serious treatise.”–San Francisco Sunday. Aug 8, This extended essay — pages — parts of which appeared originally in Commentary and in a novel The Desert — is again representative of. How People Change. We have not far to look for suffering. It’s in the streets, fills the air, lies upon our friends. Faces May, ; by Allen Wheelis. +. AA.

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HOW PEOPLE CHANGE by Allen Wheelis | Kirkus Reviews

peoplw Allen Wheelis has shown himself to be an exception. The genetic and experiential dice are loaded with factors unknown, unknowable, not of our intending, are thrown in circumstances over which we have no vision or control; we are stuck with the numbers that turn up.

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Justin Allison rated it did not like it Jan 09, The author basically states that no amount of therapy will produce a change gow a person, and that no amount of insight will lead to change — but the person needs to discover his or her own solution and “A simply written, direct unjargoned analysis of analysis and therapy, strongly self-directive and not for the lean-on-me-I’ll-help-you believer or practitioner.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. So we create the necessity which then constrains us, constrains ever more tightly day after day, so vindicating ever more certainly our wisdom in having perceived from the outset we were not free.

Retrieved 10 May There are no discussion wheeils on this book yet. A change in either makes for a change in outcome.

How People Change by Allen Wheelis

A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy. Most useful, he’s transparent enough to show you how it’s done. One discordant note was the inclusion of homosexuality as a condition that can be eliminated rather than a biological state as we consider it today. But this book has stayed with me in a way typical self-help books don’t.

Wheelis presents thoughts in a simple heart felt manner, and backs up his theories with clinical study. Dec 22, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: Such a mode of action tends to maintain itself, to resist change. Nothing happens by chance. Allen Wheelis was after all like Peck a psychiatrist. The other prominent concern here is freedom, “”the awareness of alternatives and the ability to choose”” although here again the finite is shaped by other factors — the past for one.

For many of us, for example, the issues of stealing and of homosexuality are so completely buried that we no longer have consciousness of option, and so no longer in these matters have freedom: I truly missed this book and am so thrilled to have found it.


Tranquillity, however, has risks of its own.

We cannot hope to find a view of man that will be independent of the context in which we find ourselves, the purposes we follow, the assumptions we make.

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Everyone knows what I want; everyone knows that nothing will avail, no prayer, no curse, no desperate effort, nothing, that I shall never get her back. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Jul 02, Laurence Brand rated it it was amazing. Let us ascribe to him unlimited verbal and logical ability in order that we may imagine all possible modes of defense.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kudos to Wheelis for this poignant piece of insight. If we believe we cannot try harder, then we must examine the field in which the effort is being made, look for ways to diminish the obstacles against which will is pitted. I love the use of analogy when trying to express any concept and so Wheelis’ use of his own personal story to share his insights and challenge my thinking was a perfect fit for me.

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