April 24, 2013

Wild Mind by Bill Plotkin

Wild Mind by Bill Plotkin is “a field guide to the human psyche” that can promote lasting change to those who read it. Plotkin makes us think harder about the real questions in life, and more importantly, gets us to really take a look at ourselves as who we really are as a human.

Book Description
Our human psyches possess astonishing resources that wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them and cultivate their powers, their untapped potentials and depths. Wild Mind identifies these resources — which Bill Plotkin calls the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood. Rather than proposing ways to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, Plotkin describes how to cultivate the four facets of the Self and discover the gifts of our subpersonalities. The key to reclaiming our original wholeness is not merely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover from addictions and trauma, or manage stress but rather to fully embody our multifaceted wild minds, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we’re capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community.” – Wild Mind

My Thoughts
Wild Mind helps us to revision and reshape our lives. So much is going on in the world today, and we are living at such fast paced speeds, that it is so easy to get lost in the middle of all of it. Bill Plotkin helps us to find ourselves again, and gives us the tools to revision what it means to be human, and truly change our experience here on Earth.

Focusing on our “whole” selves, Plotkin guides us to discover that our “wounded” sides are important parts of our sub-personalities, and they can be healed to make us our best “whole” selves. These wounded parts of ourselves never fully goes away, but we can learn how to embrace them and keep them in check.

This is a very interesting and thought provoking look at the human psyche that should be explored by everyone. I really enjoyed reading it, and found it to be highly engaging. I definitely recommend this book.

* Thank you to the publisher of Wild Mind, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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