Intentional Living: Lessons from the Tree of Life
by: Linda Abbott Trapp, PhD
Published by: Abbott Publishing
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Reviewed by Julina K. Mills
Thoughts, emotions, actions, and the consequences that follow them are the subject of this intriguing study of human nature. Using the Ceiba tree, which was known in ancient Mayan culture as “The Tree of Life,” Dr. Trapp draws parallels between the flow of events from thoughts to behaviors with the tree from crown to root.
Dr. Trapp compares the four basic behavior types of people and explains how each of these can transform into an innumerable variety of personalities dependant upon culture, age, gender, education, and life experiences. She then discusses ways that individuals can correct or change their behaviors by examining their thought processes, thereby creating a life legacy that they will be proud of.
Of special interest was the information on how to recognize stressors and use stressful circumstances to increase creativity and performance. Examples of how to work through major life losses by properly managing time, stress, and change may be useful to many readers in today’s high-pressure world. Sections on improving communication skills and reflecting upon one’s own behaviors are aimed at improving relationships and creating desirable consequences.
Dr. Trapp also examines the benefits of having family, friends and mentors in a person’s life to help them have needed support and shape their life experiences.
By using real-life examples of situations and circumstances from her own experiences and the lives of others, Dr. Trapp presents her information in a fascinating and engaging format. Self-examination tools in the form of simple questions help the reader to determine what areas of their life or behaviors they would like to change. The author also provides a short worksheet in chapter 4 so that readers can write down their goals, objectives, and the obstacles that are in their way.
Armchair Interview says: Easy to read and understand, this book is excellent for the layperson and clinician alike.
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