Summary of Life Strategies

Doing What Works, Doing What Matters

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Life Strategies book summary
Get off the couch and start living the life you’ve always wanted.


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Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D., better known to Oprah Winfrey fans as Dr. Phil, has popped out a refreshingly in-your-face contribution to the self-help genre that doesn’t beat around the bush. You will not be asked to commune with your inner child or vent your anger and pain. Instead, Life Strategies is a prescription for action, complete with stories, including about Oprah. Each chapter contains at least one writing assignment, designed to stimulate honest inquiry and to challenge even your most basic assumptions. These culminate in a meticulously detailed set of instructions for creating your life strategy. Organized self-starters will love the lists and matrices, but even readers who don’t plunge into the assignments will gain fresh insights into their behavior. getAbstract prescribes this bouncy book to anyone seeking a step-by-step plan for self-assessment and realistic life change. Cynics need not apply.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How common behavior patterns keep people from getting what they want in life
  • The 10 laws for counteracting these patterns and taking charge of your life


Red Alert
Our society is experiencing an epidemic of unhappiness. The divorce rate is more than 50%. Depression and suicide are increasingly common, and violent crime is omnipresent. In response, the so-called self-help industry has pumped out multiple books and gurus, but this isn’t helping...
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About the Author

Dr. Phillip C. McGraw has worked in human function and strategic life planning for more than 20 years. He is the co-founder and president of Courtroom Sciences, Inc., and has been associated with some of the highest profile court cases in America, including Oprah Winfrey’s "Mad Cow" suit. A professional psychologist, he appears regularly on Oprah’s show.

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