The Chair, Exploring the Damages by Emma Jayne Gray is a self-help work that gives you insight and ideas to help you become who you want to be. She uses the idea of the Chair, something normal and easy to visualize, she takes you into thinking about and ideas for change. Using the shape and patterns of the chair as a focal point she helps us to visualize how by changing the colors or patterns on the chair the changes emerge as we create that understanding.
She then ties in numerous other techniques and ideas, differing ways to change disappointment, or sadness, and a variety options to change the toxicity of hurt and anger, as well as depression as it tries to keep you from living a life more fulfilling.
Using the chair as a means of describing our ego or personality, she gives us a solid item that is recognizable to all, but which is also different and changeable, to reflect our own personal spaces. It is often difficult to move forward with depression, and while we can share the feeling, the thoughts are often confusing. No one else has the ability to see or feel the pain and insecurities inside us. Even if they were to understand, they cannot change what is within, only you are able to affect that change.
Gray takes some of her own experiences as examples and gives us insight as to what she found works. She feels each individual is capable of being more then what they are. She believes if one can just turn on their internal light, they will receive incredible rewards. She discusses de-dramatization and the use of perspective, using meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi, as well as spirituality and physical movement and exercise as a means to that end.
You will find this an interesting read, and even find some great ideas that would be instructive in numerous situations.
If you like self-help, and would like some ideas or direction to move forward, you would find this full of differing ideas. Self- help books seem all the rage these days, and I believe that Emma Jayne Gray has given us something just a bit different.