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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Book of Psychological Truths: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Really Good Thinking for Really Great Living by R. Duncan Wallace MD is a non-fiction self-help book that pierces the veil of what many of us have been told and taught our entire lives about what we think, feel and control, and enhances science-backed facts by leveraging out inherent signal awareness. In doing this, Dr. Wallace provides a set of truths that reach beyond traditional mindsets. Broken down into seven distinct and interconnected sections, the book covers a multitude of areas that include, but are by no means limited to, the removal of pressure and pain that are blocks to self-power, the flow, function and greatest forces and how to harness them, navigating relationships, communication, situational stress, higher healing and living as the best versions of ourselves.
I've always found myself lying to a psychiatrist, having been in and out of offices with a rare form of OCD since the age of 12, in the misguided notion that if I say what I think they want to hear that I can crack on independently. Nothing to see here, folks. Of course, this changed as I got older and more comfortable in my own skin and in my own mind. The Book of Psychological Truths is the guide that I wish I could take back to myself in my early twenties and assure myself that I had it within me to power forward. What Dr. R. Duncan Wallace provides is what we all actually need: to have our inner turmoil validated and to help us push through organically. The most eye-opening section for me was on handling situational anxiety and understanding its value. This is the first time in 30 years someone told me that anxiety has a purpose, and that purpose is positive. We are signaled that our quality of life is in danger and it allows for preparedness. Yes, many of us exacerbate it, and mastery of this is part of Dr. Wallace's truths, but once we accept that and embrace the signal for what it is, and listen to it, we are better for it. Overall, the entire book is like seven different, profoundly important light-switch moments. Very highly recommended.