Bijou's theory of Attitude Reconstruction® evolved over the course of more than 30 years working with clients as a licensed marriage and family therapist. It's a step-by-step way to physically express and release the core emotions of sadness, anger, and fear and quickly transform them into their counterpart emotions, joy, love, and peace.
She presents five tools we're born with — emotions, thoughts, intuition, speech, and actions — and shows us how to apply these to all kinds of everyday situations, such as conquering addiction, overcoming low self-image, dealing with a workplace bully, meeting goals, or facing relationship troubles. Within each of the five tools, she includes highly original strategies that change our outlook and behavior. What I liked about Bijou's method was its practicality — how to quickly progress from a feeling, to a decision, to a productive and positive action using all five tools.
Emotions, however, are at the heart of all decisions and behavioral change, and she has wonderful techniques for going into the emotion, rather than denying it, in order to gain instant relief, understanding, and forward movement.
In the second part of her book, she presents 33 common emotions, such as feeling unworthy, feeling defensive, or feeling overwhelmed, each followed by two pages of concrete strategies to quickly move from the destructive emotion to its more positive and constructive counterpart. Nifty resource!
This is not a fluffy how-to book. In these 300+ pages, it's obvious that Bijou has poured her life's work into developing a scientific system for making lasting behavioral change. Her unique methodology draws from and integrates her background in Eastern philosophy, Western psychology, and energy medicine.
Attitude Reconstruction is a worthy read for anyone looking for a fresh way to free themselves from unhelpful behavioral patterns and old ways of thinking that hold them back.