Getting Past Your Past

  • by Francine Shapiro
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Whether we've experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don't fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower listeners looking to achieve real change.
Francine Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains how our personalities develop and why we become trapped into feeling, believing, and acting in ways that don't serve us. Through detailed examples and exercises, listeners will learn to understand themselves, and why the people in their lives act the way they do. Most importantly, listeners will also learn techniques to improve their relationships, break through emotional barriers, overcome limitations, and excel in ways taught to Olympic athletes, successful executives, and performers.
An easy conversational style, humor, and fascinating real life stories make it simple to understand the brain science behind why we get stuck in various ways and what we can about it.


What the Critics Say

"Dr. Shapiro is a pioneer in the field of helping people overcome trauma and negative past experiences." (Daniel G. Amen, M.D.)


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Customer Reviews

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

It does not offer too many solutions or techniques. It is almost like a sales pitch on EMDR, and then cautions you, to only try some of the techniques with a trained professional. It really only offers some minor techniques and solutions to get over your past, anything major is suggested to go to therapy. There needs to be more focus on delving and discovering in the readers PAST issues, rather than the large collection of anecdotes of problems of patients they have treated. The point of giving examples, lost the objective of the title of the book "Getting Past YOUR Past. Instead, it became the story of other people getting over THEIR Past. Ninety percent of the book was descriptions of peoples Past issues, and less than 10% was focussed on the Self Help Techniques the title suggests.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Learning about EMDR and what it is, how it was developed and what it can do is the most interesting. The least interesting was too many stories, and too many details about the problems it was used on, it became boring and repetitive and sometimes depressing to listen to other peoples issues, when one really wants to get to the bottom of their own issues.

Have you listened to any of Karen White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Beautiful narration.

Was Getting Past Your Past worth the listening time?

It was worth the listening time, because I believe that if we learn just one new "thing" by reading or listening, it was worth the investment of time and money. It has convinced me that EMDR is a valuable technique to be explored.

Any additional comments?

I think the audio book needed to have a supplemental PDF with the few techniques for the EMDR exercises. I also think that the book should have the final chapter with ONLY the exercises and techniques, for ease of use. The benefits of an Audio Book were not utilized to present these techniques. The publisher should have placed "bookmarks" and names (or numbers) with each exercise in the recording, allowing easy access to the techniques for the listener. I will have to listen and search through the book again and then bookmark the techniques in order to use them. This should have been provided by the "publisher".

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A competent introduction to a very useful method.

This eye movement methodology of managing and intergrating memory is going to be huge. It opens the door to a wide array of both human and automated techniques for managing the mind and memory in particular. I found the presentation to be a bit whinney and the narrator seemed more emotional than a therapist perhaps ought to be, but the information is quite solid. I have already begun using the techniques on my friends who have recently undergone some emotional trauma.

Some will enjoy it much more than others, but most will benefit from reading it.

Gare Henderson
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- Gare&Sophia "Private intellectual, writer, and retired academic. Currently R&D director for Gravitational Systems Engineering, Inc."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio