Naked and Transparent

Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships

Non-Fiction - Self Help
128 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2015
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Author Biography

Vladimire Calixte is an award-winning Therapist, Empowerment Coach, Relationship Expert, Author, Transformational Speaker, and the founder of Life Rebuilding located New York City. She is passionate about helping people live powerful lives with a strong concentration in Domestic Violence/Trauma Recovery/PTSD/Addictions/Couples Counseling. She loves to write, sing, cook and dance. She is most proud of being a happily married mother of two young children; She has been married for 11 years. Her award-winning book Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships is for the person who is suffering in silence from rejection, abandonment, abuse, low self-esteem, hurt, pain and many other areas.

Through her private practice, empowerment videos, and enlightening relationship classes, Calixte teaches many clients and celebrities how to heal and overcome the devastating effects of PTSD, low self-esteem, domestic violence, trauma, and the addictive, self-defeating behaviors that keep them stuck in pain, mediocrity, and toxic shame.

Calixte is the author of the award-winning Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships, The Power of My Words, and is the co-author of The Power of Transformation: Reinventing Your Life. She has appeared in numerous outlets, Heart & Soul Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Fox News Radio, CBS Radio, and ABC's "Here and Now".

If, after reading Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships, you are left with questions, please do not hesitate to ask. On the author's website (http://www.LifeRebuilding.com) there is an "Ask Vladimire" page, and all questions and feedback are more than welcome.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite

Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships by Vladimire Calixte is a very useful book for anyone who is interested in transforming negative thought patterns and reclaiming their sense of self worth and inner peace. Initially when I started reading this book, I assumed that it would deal predominantly with relationships. In fact, it deals predominantly with purging the negativity within and increasing one's own inner peace and positive energy.

The book explains that people often grapple with self worth issues and this causes them to generate a fake facade which they strive to maintain since they are fearful of exposing their inner insecurities. Calixte explains that in coming to terms with one's inner vulnerability, you do not become weaker. In fact, you initiate the process of healing and you build a stronger, more secure personality from within. There are several sections that form a workbook approach due to the useful questions and spaces provided to write answers. I found many of these useful and apt, really encouraging the reader to take an active approach to applying the issues presented to their own lives.

There are many realisations that I have had prior to reading this book which I found very simply and elegantly expressed here. However, I feel that many people who read this will begin to initiate their self questioning on whether they have truly owned their inner persona and have healed from past traumas. The messages are truly powerful and worth reflecting on and re-reading until they are practiced in real life. Also, the questions are sharp but in a direct way that allows one to get straight to the most pressing issues at hand.

Calixte has bared her own past traumas by publishing letters in this book written to her absent father. In reading them, you gain a sense of the intense agony, the self esteem issues and hurt that she started off with. But as the letters progress, a change occurs and she begins to work towards inner peace. In showing this, she has proven that she has worked hard to overcome her own issues and she can understand the pain of others. A key point in the book is the importance of journalling which acts as an outlet and a window to one's own thoughts. I agree with Calixte that this method is very valuable in accelerating the growth of people who are in need of healing.

I also wholeheartedly agree with the approach taken by Calixte, which is working predominantly on healing yourself before entering into a relationship, since this process would transform you from within and change the way you interact and what you can contribute to a relationship. It is obvious from Calixte's book that she has a wealth of experience in counselling and that the key goals of the book are to wake people up and motivate them to begin a journey to inner healing and peace.

I found the title truly apt and also I noticed that it resonates with philosophies of some religions, where one is advised to discard the veil of artifice and instead work towards knowing and rejoicing in the inner self. I highly recommend this book to the active reader who is looking to examine their own selves and heal from the past. I would also recommend it to people who have already achieved inner peace if they are interested in reflecting on how far they have progressed, or if they are interested in helping others.

Mamta Madhavan

Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships by Vladimire Calixte is an uplifting book that will guide readers on how to develop self awareness and let go of the pain, beliefs and insecurities that create a false sense of self. The book speaks about the distress that can happen in one's life due to non-acceptance and lack of self love. The author tells readers who are unhappy, struggling with pain and handling toxic relationships that they can achieve healthy and fulfilling relationships. This book is the perfect tool to help in attracting ideal relationships, thereby leading to an ideal life.

The book is inspirational and will make readers look into their inner selves and get to know themselves better. The book will challenge the way one thinks about their past, their past relationships, failures and life choices. The author handles a relevant topic with finesse and care. The style of writing is neat, simple and elegant, making it easy to comprehend. The author's tips and advice are easy to put into practice and helpful in bringing about a positive and healthy change in one's daily life. I like the book because although it is a topic that has been written about before, the author's fresh approach makes it an interesting read. The personal experiences shared by the author help readers connect with the book in a powerful way that will help them look at their individual lives with a better perspective.

Jack Magnus

Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships is a motivational self-help book written by Vladimire Calixte. The author guides her readers through a series of discussions and questions in this penetrating and interactive text. Calixte explains that becoming self-aware is essential for your well-being as well as for developing healthy relationships with the people in your life. Her questions are sometimes tough and may cause some internal wincing, but they're designed to help the reader peel away layers of pain, foster self-acceptance, and shed feelings of shame or inadequacy. Calixte instructs the reader in the steps she/he can take to become authentic human beings and to shed the masks many put on when dealing with themselves and others.

I enjoyed reading Vladimire Calixte's motivational self-help book, Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships, and am looking forward to spending a lot of time working through the interactive sections of this book. I like the fact that the author acknowledges the perceived difficulties a reader might have in responding honestly and wholeheartedly to some of the questions, and that she offers to go first. Her story about why she initially pursued nursing as a career demonstrates her first efforts at becoming self-aware, and her letters to the absent father whose neglect caused her so much pain are profoundly moving and reveal quite dramatically how healing from past wounds or relationships is indeed possible. Calixte's text is clearly and elegantly written, and her questions are perceptive and probing. As I read, I came to realize that working through her book can allow readers to begin their own courses of therapy and healing. Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships is most highly recommended.