Hidden Causes Of Stress: Gremlins And Relationship Stress

by Doc Orman, M.D.

This week, I’ve been focusing on some very common hidden causes of stress that I like to refer to as gremlins.  In my first post this week, I introduced you to the overall concept of “gremlins” and how this can help us to better understand some of the internal sources of our stress.

Then, in my second post, I introduced you to an excellent self-help resource, the best-selling book Taming Your Gremlin, written by Rick Carson in 1983 and more recently updated in 2003. 

Today, I want to suggest another excellent self-help resource to you. This is another book by Rick Carson, A Master Class In Gremlin-Taming: The Absolutely Indispensable Next Step for Freeing Yourself from the Monster of the Mind (2008).

Even More On The Gremlin-Training Method

[easyazon-image-link asin=”0061148407″ alt=”A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming(R): The Absolutely Indispensable Next Step for Freeing Yourself from the Monster of the Mind” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517E%2BTICieL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”118″ height=”160″]According to Carson, when he was first approached by his publisher to write a second book on gremlin-taming, he was reluctant to do so:

“The Gremlin-Taming Method is tried and true and complete.  Nothing is missing in the description of the method as it appears in the original work. The clarity, simplicity, and, most important, the practicality of Taming Your Gremlin is, I think, what accounts for its mass appeal and what I appreciate the most about it. So how could I take you to a deeper level without gumming up the works and complicating what is an elegantly simple process, if I do say so myself?”

Of course, Carson ultimately resolved this conflict, or I wouldn’t be telling you about his second gremlin-taming book.  But he did so in two very important and beneficial ways.

First, Carson and his staff at the Gremlin Taming Institute reviewed the most commonly asked questions from the thousands of current and former students, as well as the many current practitioners of the Gremlin Taming Method.  They also sent out emails to the entire list of the Institute, letting them know about the purpose of this book and asking for even more questions and suggestions.

While the final product is not a book of “frequently asked questions,” much of it includes Carson’s responses to the major questions he’s most frequently received.

Seven Keys For Creating Rewarding Relationships

The second way Carson goes way beyond his original work is by devoting almost half of this follow-up book to exploring what he calls the seven keys to creating successful and rewarding relationships:

“The values and behaviors encompassed in [these seven keys] have become treasures to me.  I’ve applied them far beyond my relationships with my clients. In fact, I make every effort to lead my life…in accordance with them.  Doing so has enhanced my life…and…the seven keys have become guideposts for maximizing the richness of experience inherent in every moment.”

Once again, I’m not going to try to summarize or even list these seven keys, since each of them requires additional explanation, which Carson does so well in his book.

I simply want to make you aware of this excellent resource, and I encourage you to read it as well.  There is some brief review of the original three-step Gremlin-Taming Method in it, along with a quick review of some basic gremlin concepts.  But most of the book is new and additive in value.

I actually recommend that you read the original book first, and then move on to this one.  This is because the basic three-step method is so well defined and illustrated in the original work that you really shouldn’t miss it.

More To Come About Gremlins And Other Hidden Causes Of Stress

This concludes my initial three-post series on the value of using the metaphor of “gremlins” to better understand the hidden causes of your stress.  I may refer to this concept again, in future posts, and I most surely will be discussing other hidden causes, regardless of the terminology used to refer to them.

Please consider reading each of the two books by Rick Carson that I highlighted for you this week.  I think your understanding of human beings, and more specifically human stress, will be greatly expanded in the process.

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Justine May 28, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Thank you for these great articles! I am still looking around, but I wanted to let you know how helpful these will be to so many people!


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