Reader Views on  Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Applied Metapsychology, 2nd Ed

Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (1/2023)

5 Stars — Relieving pain from past traumatic events and moving into a more fulfilling life.

Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Applied Metapsychology, 2nd Edition,” is part of the Explorations in Metapsychology five book series. In this updated edition, author Marian Volkman provides readers with steps to use to enrich the quality of their lives. This will help them relieve pain from past traumatic events and move forward into a more fulfilling life. The techniques presented will enable us to help ourselves and also improve our relationships. The Applied Metapsychology (AMP) techniques are person centered. It is up to the reader to do the work that is presented in the exercises.

“Life Skills,” is written in a warm compassionate manner that is easy to follow. I felt like the author was speaking directly to me.  Each chapter has a series of inner-directed exercises that will helped me apply the information being discussed to my own thoughts and experiences. I found the exercises to be introspective and valuable. I feel that it is very important to use a journal as a tool so that I can reflect back on what I wrote as I went through the initial process. I hope to use “Life Skills,” as a tool that will be used, in the future, as I feel the need.

While most of the material is timeless, having an updated edition is extremely helpful, especially dealing with traumatic stress regarding recent emotional or physical events, such as one caused by a pandemic. As a counselor, I see that many of my students, friends and colleagues have been seriously impacted from the traumatic stress caused by the pandemic, especially because my county was the epicenter at one point. They have been affected in many ways, including financial and emotional from isolation or loss of loved ones, and from their own health issues. I was reminded to use awareness rather than judgement when observing how another person reacts to situations. This helps me not take things so personally. I also feel that these people would benefit greatly with AMP!  “Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Applied Metapsychology, 2nd Edition,” is a valuable work for practitioners who are interested in learning more about facilitating AMP. Readers who are seeking to improve their quality of life will benefit greatly as well. I feel this would be an excellent resource for a study group. I would have enjoyed listening to the experiences and perspectives of others as I went through the exercises. This work, plus a journal, would make a valuable gift!

Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Applied Metapsychology
Marian K. Volkman
Loving Healing Press (2022) ISBN: 978-1615996803

Life Skills, 2nd Edition

Improve the Quality of Your Life with Applied Metapsychology
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Product Details
UPC: 978-1-61599-680-3
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 2nd
Author: Marian K. Volkman
Pages: 222
Publication Date: 09/01/2022

Metapsychology, as developed by Frank A. Gerbode, MD, is a subject rich in philosophy and practical application. Applied Metapsychology is the practical application of this subject to fulfill personal goals, from relieving past pain to living more fully to expanding consciousness. Life Skills expands on this and the reader will:

  • Learn handy brief remedies to assist another person after a shock, injury or other distress
  • Learn simple methods for expanding your awareness on a daily basis
  • Gain a deeper understanding of relationships and how to strengthen and nurture any relationship
  • Learn the components of successful communication, what causes communication to break down, and how to repair breakdowns
  • Gain vital keys to understanding those behaviors of other people that have previously been inexplicable to you
  • Learn an effective tool for making important life decisions
  • Explore human potential

"Marian Volkman's Life Skills is a serious, impressive, and thoughtful work with one objective in mind: teaching how to reach one's full potential in practical, pragmatic, easy-to-follow steps that will literally change one's life. This masterpiece of a survival guide will benefit all who turn its pages. The chapter on the importance of relationships is worth the price of the book alone, as most problems in life are relationship-oriented." --James W. Clifton, M.S., Ph.D., LCSW

"If you liked the first edition of Life Skills, you will be delighted to know that in this edition, we find even more exercises to achieve the goals of each chapters, more context and explanations in each section to reach even deeper reflections and realizations." --Gina Michaud, B. Ed., OCT, Certified Traumatic Incident Reduction Facilitator

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