“Designs for Living” with discussion leader Dr. Tom Leitch
Join us at noon four Tuesdays this fall for a look back at some of the classic self-help books that have provided inspiration, provocation, and frequently backlash over the past century. Our goal will be to examine these books critically in order to determine the basis for their evergreen appeal. Whether your life improves dramatically as a result of this series is entirely up to you.
Tuesdays, 12:00 Noon
P.S. DuPont Room
The Power of Positive Thinking (1952)
By Norman Vincent Peale
“As you think, so shall you be,” says the prolific Protestant theologian Dr. Peale in this inspirational bestseller, which has continued to win new converts to the gospel of positive thinking for over sixty years.
I’m OK – You’re OK (1969)
By Thomas A. Harris
Using the model of Transactional Analysis pioneered by Eric Berne, this most iconic of all 1970s self-help books seeks to help readers identify their inner Parent, Adult, and Child in order to govern their relationships with others more efficiently.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (1990)
By Stephen R. Covey
From “Be Proactive” to “Sharpen the Saw,” Covey dispenses advice about self-discipline and exhortations toward teamwork, analyzing in detail seven habits that distinguish notable achievers from everyone else.
How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age (2012)
By Dale Carnegie and Associates
This updated version of a venerable self-help bible originally published in 1937 reinvents Carnegie’s advice about how to climb the ladder to success in business and personal relations for an era when fewer and fewer people read traditional books at all.
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