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Call-In Discussion Tues 8/5: Chapters 1&2 in Meaning of Truth

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Forest, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Join the call-in discussion group this Tuesday (July 29) as we dive into The Meaning of Truth by @Nicole J. Sachs LCSW ! We'll be reading and discussing the Preface (“WARNING!”), Chapter One (“A Few Things”), and Chapter Two (“Me”). Like last week, Nicole will again be joining the discussion.

    In the Preface, Nicole mentions the differing feedback she received around whether or not to restructure the book. She addresses the contrasting advice by writing a disclaimer, which is the rest of the preface, in which she grants us permission to skip ahead to certain chapters but strongly encourages us to read the book from start to finish.

    Chapter One, which is fully titled “A Few Things (I Need to Tell you Before Anything Else),” is in a way another introduction to the book in which, among other things, Nicole expands more on "truth" (as she uses it throughout the book).

    In Chapter Two, Nicole shares more about herself and talks about the importance of sharing in general. She talks about her strong belief that self-disclosure as a therapist is not just beneficial but almost essential to a patient, because it lets that patient know they are not alone. As Nicole writes, "therapy cannot be about a “needy person” seeking “Godly wisdom” from a (perceived) perfect being. It MUST be two humans sharing their humanity." Nicole also mentions aspects of her TMS story, hinting that the full recovery story will come in later chapters. She also talks more about her role as the writer of the book and her relationship with us, the readers (in that, like her approach a therapist, she will be "in it" with us).

    Nicole has also generously offered two more autographed paperback copies of her book which will be raffled off to two lucky members of this forum! Reply to this thread to enter the drawing:

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    Hope to see you all there!
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014
  2. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    After the last call, several of us stayed on the line and decided that during each call, we want to start out with discussing questions about the specific chapters we cover.

    Does anyone have any specific questions that they think would be good to discuss for the preface and the first two chapters? If we can come up with a list of questions in advance, it will help us plan the session and select the questions that will lead to the most interesting discussions.
  3. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    Nicole lays things out pretty clearly in these chapters, so I only have one question. In Chapter One (p.8) she states "...personal power protects us from our own resistance." I'm not sure what she means by "personal power" and how it might protect us from our resistance to looking at "truth".

    Looking forward to the discussion....
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  4. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Thanks, Ellen! That's a great idea and we will be sure to ask it.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
  5. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Any other topics that people would like us to bring up on the call?
  6. Tennis Tom

    Tennis Tom Beloved Grand Eagle

    In tennis there's an expression, "Play the ball, don't let the ball play you" that resonates for me on this.
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  7. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi everyone,

    Here's the recording of Tuesday's call. You can listen to it using this audio player, or download it by right-clicking on the link below and choosing to save it to your computer as an mp3.

    Click here to download the mp3 audio
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2014
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  8. Colly

    Colly Beloved Grand Eagle

    Herbie, you can fix my roof anytime! Shame you don't live in Melbourne!

    Thanks for sharing this Forest. Wonderful to hear Nicole's many pearls of wisdom:)

    Great to hear all the voices - is that you Ellen!? What a lovely voice:)
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  9. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    I haven't listened to the recording, but I did join in the discussion.

    Wish you could join us--darn, those time zone differences.

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