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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
I Would, But My DAMN MIND Won't Let Me (Words of Wisdom for Teens, Volume 2) is a non-fiction self-help book for young adults written by Jacqui Letran. The author has been working in the field of Adolescent Medicine and Mental Health Care for over fifteen years. She introduces her subject by defining and differentiating the conscious and subconscious parts of the human mind, and examines how each functions. While a person can control what the conscious part of the mind does, the subconscious is an entirely different matter. Letran explains how one's attitudes and outlooks can be altered or perpetuated through modification of one's reactions and thought processes. She also offers a number of case studies of young women who were able to resolve underlying issues through her coaching and counselling.
Jacqui Letran's self-help guide for young adults is an engrossing and highly accessible guide for anyone who'd like to understand why they react to stress and stressors the way they do. I was impressed by the way the author introduces the complex and complicated processes that go on in the human mind and especially appreciated how she's adapted her findings and techniques to work with young women. Her case studies were fascinating and clearly demonstrated how depression and other mental health issues can sometimes be resolved without the use of medicines and traditional therapeutic methods. This is a well-written and informative work that is neither condescending nor patronizing of its target audience, and it is highly recommended.