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In the prologue of David L. Shepard’s Forces of Life, Psychology: What Creates Success or Failure in Life, he raises an important question. What is it that the most important minds in psychology and the most successful people know about succeeding in life? This question becomes the core of his book in which he explores the critical knowledge left out of our education and ignored in psychology textbooks. In twelve chapters, you are invited to make sense of success and failure as this book presents you with sources, experiences, ideas, inspirations, and most importantly, the 25 points that must be undertaken if you are truly serious about dealing with real problems and to become an instrument in changing a broken system.
Forces of Life provides real-life lessons on knowledge and failure that most textbooks fail to equip students with when it comes to dealing with the real world. David L. Shepard’s investigation of the experience of success and failure gives solid proof that these opposites are demanding cognitive and emotional tasks and his suggested specific measures may well affect not only our well-being but the system that manages the society in which we respectively belong. Shepard’s book is not limited to the important discoveries in psychology; it is about equipping ourselves with the knowledge and information we need to survive and succeed in a difficult world that has created vast problems in interpersonal relations, marriage, school, sex, the workplace, raising children, and every area of human existence. Shepard does not just poke at or strike a vein—he cuts it open and shows us the root causes of contemporary social problems. He, therefore, answers another important question: What’s wrong with us? You get the answer by reading this work.