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“Code to Joy:  by George Pratt, Ph.D. & Peter Lambrou,  Ph.D.

(Part 1 of 5 part series)

I’m very interested in the area of Happiness and Joy and so when I came across this book I was very curious.  I’ve found the book to be extremely interesting and in fact will use some of the techniques both on myself and with my clients, who are encountering difficulties their lives.


In this series of blogs, I will talk about the four step process that the authors, Dr. George Pratt and Dr. Peter Lambrou have developed to help folks with their emotional problems.


The authors discuss what they have termed: “fog of distress,” which they describe as “a cloud of unease” that affects almost everyone and has the potential to lead people to feel unloved, guilty, ashamed, fearful, and unsafe.  This approach is often used for folks who are struggling with anxiety and or depression.


As a relationship & marriage counselor, my mind goes to the distress of infidelity.  I want to note to my readers that though this method focuses on helping a person to heal themselves, infidelity is a two person operation ( I go into more detail about this in my books on Healing from the Trauma of Infidelity [current book – for the unfaithful partner] [upcoming book – for the betrayed partner].



The author’s who are both psychologists have developed a four step process that helps folks go into great depth in understanding and dealing with issues that they are facing.  The four steps in this book borrow generously from a new and effective area called Energy Psychology. The approach is designed to help deal with issues on both a conscious and an unconscious level.  This method, which in some ways is similar to some of what I do in counseling, uses a combination of traditional and non traditional approaches with use physical techniques and imagery .


As a relationship / marriage counselor, my mind goes to how this method can be used for relationship & marriage counseling, especially in the case of infidelity.  In subsequent blogs I will talk about possible applications to relationship and marriage counseling to these techniques.


In my next blog I will go into detail about the first step (recognizing self limiting beliefs) in the process that has been developed.


Do you know someone who has suffered from infidelity?

Would you say that’s it’s accurate to call it a trauma?


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