March 20, 2007
Reviewer: Robert (Michigan)
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and
has a point. Open this book anywhere, realise the Understanding behind the
words. When effect ceases trying to be Cause then time will cease.
The real thing. November 20, 2005
Reviewer: kevin652 (Florida)
The book is marvelous, along with the observation exercise referenced inside. This excercise serves to separate the observer from their thoughts and emotions, which, when overcome, allows the authentic self to emerge over time.
Along the way comes a realization that our perceived goodness and intent are false and we are helpless to solve this dilemma.
It is a painful journey at first, which becomes simpler over time. I believe it to be the meditation referenced in the Bible and practiced by Chistain mystics at the time of Christ.
The exercise is not for everyone simply because many people believe they can attain their own goals and dreams, are unwilling to trust anything beyond their own efforts, or wish to continue blaming others for their unhappiness.
Only conscientious seekers will recognize the relevance of this material - others will feel disdain toward it.
Roy knows what he's talking about. May 2, 2004
Reviewer: twinie1 "twinie1" (Lincoln, VT, United States)
Roy's right. He's hard to hear at first, especially if the reader is bent on keeping their bad habits and blaming others for them. It's challenging to realize the problem is with ourselves first and foremost. How we react to others and our circumstances is the key to turning around our lives. Roy's not a guru, he's not a genie, he's a very gifted counselor who's seen it and heard it all. He's helped thousands of people with a concept that is deceptively simple. Yet how many people can do it? The answer is most people are angry when they aren't given a magic pill to swallow to solve their problems. Roy's technique requires patience and honest self-appraisal. It really works. It may not work in an hour or a day. But it works and it gets deeper and more profound and meaningful the more one practices it. To be threatened by Roy is to be threatened by the truth. What are the negative reviewers afraid of?
This book will peel paint. February 3, 2004
Reviewer: Rob H. (Hollywood)
Like some of the other reviewers I was skeptical of the author of this book as I first heard him on the radio - his message seemed too simple (I'm an engineer.) Having read the book and having followed the instructions I can say that it is not rubbish. I was not "searching for meaning" when I ran across Mr. Masters on the radio, quite by chance. In fact, I ordered his book for a badly drug-addicted friend. I decided to browse it first and found it absolutely fascinating. I found myself in the book, as well as everyone I have ever known, including my druggie friend. Of course he has refused to read the book, but then that is predicted in it. I have taken some comfort in now having a better understanding of his addiction. I can certainly see that if he would read the book he would be helped.
This book should be helpful to anyone with almost any kind of "problem" because if the theories and practice therein are valid, and I think they are, then there are but a few root causes of all problems - maybe only one.
The book can be a little difficult to read - I'd say it is written at "college" level. I don't mean to sound like a salesman, but interested parties should also order Mr. Masters' meditation tape or CD and/or listen to his radio show (go to www.fhu.com for station info or listen there). After hearing Mr. Masters' verbal explanations the book is much easier to understand.
The reviewer who described this book as Freudian psychobabble and Bible-thumping is, in my opinion, way off the mark. There are some Freudian sounding bits and some references to the soul - but there would have to be in a book of this nature. What I found so fascinating was that Mr. Masters can so artfully combine secular psychotherapy with spiritualism - two things that normally don't mix. It can be interesting to give this book to people you know. One friend told me part way through the second chapter he threw it down and it ruined his entire day. (I think he found himself in the book and didn't like what he found). He didn't return the book to me. Maybe he's reading on.
I love this book. It is written at an almost poetic level. Writers take note of his style. I now use the theories in this book to gain a better understanding of literature. Finally Shakespeare makes some sense to me. I have been noticing that when a book or movie does not follow the psychological principles in this book it will be a little flat, but when it does, the movie or book is more satisfying. I have found this to hold true with those who know nothing of these theories.
One warning: Don't set this book down on a valuable piece of furniture, as it will peel the paint or varnish right off.
Deep and rewarding. December 24, 2002
Reviewer: JL (NL)
I read in one review that "Persons incapable of critical thought or reasoned behaviour may find this book deeply comforting." I wonder if that person has read the book, because it certainly is NOT one of those superficial, comfort offerings that sell so well.
This is one of the deepest forays into the human psyche. It shows very accurately how our emotional reactions to life set us up for the situation we find ourselves in today and it shows how our emotional reactions set us up to produce a conditioned response to certain situations we encounter in life, and how even certain details can trigger responses beyond our control.
To name an example, suppose as a child you have been humiliated by a teacher in front of the whole class, and this teacher smelled of cigars. Suppose that your emotional response to this situation transforms it into a traumatic experience. You may discover later in life that whenever you meet a man who smells of cigars produces anger in you, yet you cannot see how this irrational anger is related to the original incidence of the humiliation by this teacher.
Likewise, our entire lives can be shaped around emotional triggers like that, causing us to be like biological robots instead of the human beings we were supposed to be. Entire lives can be wasted UNLESS we find the key to overcoming our conditioned responses. This is the message of the book: there IS a way of overcoming our conditioned responses, there IS a way of returning to who we were meant to be. The book comes up with many examples of what I just stated, and also points towards the solution. It is very profound, and you therefore may find it hard to read. As with all books written by Roy Masters, I find it best not to read it all at once, but to read something, think about it, and then take up the book again to read some more.
It is a deep, profound book, and it is very rewarding to have read it. It brings you face-to-face with yourself. Maybe that is why Masters produces such negative reactions in some people--maybe they do not like what they see when they look into the mirror of their souls. Well, hiding your head in the sand and cursing the one holding the mirror is not going to help you.
I loved reading it, and I certainly can recommend it to you. 5-stars--well deserved.
Didn't Help My Daughter's Negative Emotions One Bit. March 24, 2001
Reviewer: A reader
I bought this book based on the review hoping it would help my 26-year-old daughter. After reading the first few chapters, she brought it to me and said "I can't seem to get anything out of this. You want to read some of it and see what you think?" I browsed through the chapters, reading a little of each. It made no sense to me, and I was very bored with it. I said to myself, "If someone really needs help with negative emotions, I can't imagine how this book would help them. If someone is looking for a simple, down-to-earth book that is easily understood, this is not the book for them." Maybe this would help someone who is highly educated and used to reading this kind of stuff, but I don't think this is for someone looking for basic answers in a simple, easy readable form.
Roy Masters is to Psychology what Einstein was to Physics. September 28, 1999
Reviewer: Marcus (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Chapel Hill, NC)
That's not an exaggeration. I've studied Freud, Jung, Maslow, behaviorism, cognitive-behavioral approaches, etc., etc. until I was completely fed up with all the psychobabble academic nonsense. When I finally came across Roy Masters, it was like a prayer answered. This guy is for real. He talks COMMON SENSE, he tells it like it is, and he honestly cares about people. You can hear it in his voice. At the same time, he's also misunderstood by almost everyone else I know who has heard of him. He's been called everything from a woman-hater (anybody who thinks that is a complete moron) to a Bible-thumper. Without fail, everyone who has snapped to a judgment like this doesn't know him at all - they've never read a book or listened to him for more than a few minutes. Big mistake. His basic message is simple: "Know Yourself." Sounds nice, you might say, but HOW? "Uncle Roy" has a simple technique that cures real problems (from alcoholism, drug, and other addictions, all the way to personal, sexual, and marital problems) - and cures them quickly, easily, and effectively, which he teaches FOR FREE, no less. His message and technique essentially makes drugs (like antidepressants) and psychotherapy unnecessary and obsolete. I personally have practiced it, and I know for a fact that it works. Roy, for a long time, has openly challenged any psychologist, psychiatrist, or doctor to debate his views face-to-face. How many psychologists have done that? He hosts a radio show where you can call in and ask him questions and debate him; he even helps prisoners who want to reform, by offering them his materials for free. All I can say is, check him out. It could be the best decision you ever make.
Roy Masters is mandatory reading for thinkers and seekers. September 28, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
Roy Masters is mandatory for anyone who considers himself or herself a thinker. I was skeptical at first, but now I know for a fact that what he says is the truth - I know because I've proven it to myself. Don't take my word for it, order some of his stuff, and try it for yourself.
I always had an intuition that if I would ever come across a real psychologist - someone who really understands human nature, inside and out - then he would actually speak common sense. I was right.
You could spend years in school, and thousands of dollars in therapy, tens of thousands on drugs (antidepressants, etc) and STILL wonder what is missing. Do you see vast holes in the typical life? Are you far enough on your spiritual path to feel the emptyness? Have you also found that nothing of this world can fill the void? Put down the drink, put away your work, dump out your pills, put down the fork, turn off the music, and release the one who you have been desperately been clinging to. The time has come to take your first step to understanding. Let it begin. Buy "The Classic" tape and "How Your Mind Can Keep You Well". For the cost of a lunch you will be given a key which can unlock the doors and answer your questions.
While most marital counselors nowadays have been divorced four times, Roy has been married over forty years, with five kids and tons of grandkids. While most therapists hide behind their "all-knowing mask," confused and frightened, Uncle Roy glows with a kind of deep inner peace. While most gurus around are charging thousands of dollars for the privilege of talking to them, Roy is giving away his books and tapes to prisoners and people who can't afford them.