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Book Review: Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions by Lee Bauer PhD

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Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions by Lee Bauer PhD is an excellent book for learning to cope with life by overcoming baseless fears, compulsions, obsessions and bad habits which plague everyone at some time during their life. Some are more prone than others.

Bauer provides specific examples like excessive cleanliness, rituals, baseless fears, avoidance, silly habits and specific disorders like the obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD.

Bauer believes that these disorders may be managed with varying success depending upon the length of time to exposure to the malady and response preventive practice to overcome the fear and the severity of the symptoms.

A strength of the work is that Bauer provides detailed questionnaires and checklists to assist in arriving at a correct diagnosis of the behavioral problems so that corrective action can be contemplated and taken.

Bauer enlists the support of parents to get involved through their participation in strategies to assist children with OCD issues and a host of baseless fears. At bottom, Bauer believes that fears and phobias should be confronted openly rather than avoided. Rituals should be broken by simply not engaging in them.

Getting Control is an important work on the dynamics of identifying and conquering all sorts of unarticulated phobias by direct confrontation rather than simply the fight/flight response. The work can be helpful to a wide constituency of professionals and ordinary people alike. Readers should use this book in conjunction with their medical care regimen and providers.

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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.