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We have been conditioned emotionally and intellectually from childhood to believe everything based on other people's authority. Whether you are knowledgeable or not, it is up to you to decide what you want to believe. It is our duty to use our life experiences, logic, and proof to seek the truth. In Happiness and Survival, readers will learn how psychotherapy can be used as a tool to analyze the world from an unbiased perspective. Bob Gebelein narrates his journey of self-discovery, spiritual and psychological growth, and path to finding happiness. He talks about his quest to design a new civilization, his experience with psychotherapy, dream analysis, and how to find your true self. The author tackles various topics such as incarnation, religion, the hippy culture, recreational drugs, science, government, philosophy, spirituality, and physicality.
To read Happiness and Survival, you must be open to viewing your life from a different perspective and question everything you have ever been taught. I loved this because it is enlightening and opens your mind to new thinking possibilities. Bob Gebelein does a great job of presenting his work in a way many people can understand. He uses simple words and a conversational tone. The book is well organized with distinct chapters, and keywords and phrases in italics. I loved that the author was not trying to impose his ideas on others or give them solutions like psychologists or self-help books do. Instead, he leaves it to the reader to interpret the work and draw their conclusions. He refers to Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung's work and gives in-depth discussions on their contributions to psychotherapy and psychodynamics, showcasing his passion and well-researched knowledge of the topics. The book is a must-read for everyone who has deep-seated questions about the state of our minds, spirituality, and society.