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Book Review: Be By Design: How I Be Is Up To Me by Christine McKee

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Be By Design: How I Be Is Up To Me by Christine McKee, a psychologist by profession, is an engaging book about the complex human engineering which includes both the conscious and unconscious mind. The author’s description of the unconscious mind is an exhaustive delineation of the mind as a repository of information, emotions, body regulator, habit formation, instincts and energy conservation.

McKee makes readers conscious of deeply held beliefs, relationships, role-playing, attitudes toward life and limiting beliefs. The most important of these imbedded parts of the unconscious mind are the limiting constraints, which tend to be self-imposed. Examples are the need to settle for less, avoid controversy to fit in, or a resigned attitude to struggle minimally for anything better.

McKee covers the unhealthy flight or fight responses people have to unmet needs, stress, pressure and perceived inadequacies. The body’s reactions to these responses includes heart ailments, drinking addictions, compulsive eating, bulemia, decreased circulation in the digestive tract, assaults on the immune system, reduced sex drive and a plethora of negations too numerous to list.

The author’s approach toward dealing with these negations forthrightly is to step back and analyze them dispassionately. This creates an opportunity to learn from past responses while taking full responsibility for strategies to move forward. Part of the solution to these problems is seen in the ability to achieve self-empowerment and to manage the classic comfort zones of familiarity which serve as stumbling blocks to positive changes to improve our overall situation.

McKee defines the comfort zones as career, family, relationships, spirituality, health, fitness and personal development or growth. Traditionally, people use fear as an excuse to stay inside their manufactured comfort zones. The author’s approach is to take on each comfort zone dispassionately and develop the strategies needed to overcome the limiting aspects.

McKee utilizes a multi-step intention model to move people from inertia to action. These simple steps involve identifying our intention or goal, analyzing our belief systems or impediments to reaching a higher order, obtaining the needed tools or objects to reach a higher order, identifying the requisite behaviors needed to move the agenda forward and diarizing progress on the intended outcome.

Be By Design: How I Be Is Up To Me is an important manual of living that identifies systematic ways to cope with life more positively in order to overcome the classic stumbling blocks of human life. The presentation transcends the traditional flight/fight modes to provide practical accommodations for seemingly intractable impediments to improving our current condition in life.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.