For Those Who Seek Courage To Change Their Life: Awareness Book
The modern world is a world of chaos. In the 21st century, in this age known as post-modernity, human beings are trying to survive in a much more complex world compared to a person who lived 100 years ago. So much so that scientists, artists, social scientists and academicians have been working non-stop to keep people healthy in this chaos environment. Family, marriage and friendship relations, intensive business life, financial difficulties, and harsh social transformations, which are getting more and more gripping, paint a difficult picture to get out of. Although all these are problems that humanity has dealt with at all stages of history, it is obvious that these are increasingly complex in today's world where everything is happening much faster.
In line with all these mentioned, a 2017 study conducted in the USA shows that the rate of people using antidepressants increased by 64% between 1999 and 2004. These figures point to a search for feeling happy and gaining joy of life in people whose lives are getting complicated. However, of course, antidepressant use is not the only way to achieve this. In addition to professional consultancy services such as psychotherapy, therapy, life coaching, executive coaching, meditations, books, music, movies, various hobbies are other ways to feel good. Here, Family Marriage Couple Therapist Prof. Dr. The book "Awareness - The Art of Being Happy and Joy of Living" co-authored by Ekrem Çulfa and Expert Clinical Psychologist Şakir Ernas is a successful example of exactly one of the ways mentioned.
Work; It examines the concepts of happiness and joy of life, which philosophers, psychologists and sociologists have pursued for years in daily life with academic anxiety and every person with emotions, putting the concept of Self-awareness as a key point. The situation of modern people, which focuses on the problem rather than the solution, gets bored with everything quickly, forgets to live in the moment, puts spiritual values in the background, and offers short, concise and understandable suggestions to overcome them. While all this is done, the theoretical concepts of psychology are embodied with examples from daily life, famous stories and experiences. Thanks to these embodiments, the reader can easily establish a healthy connection between his life and what is described in the book and see that the recommendations are feasible and realistic.
The study aims to develop happiness and self-awareness, which is an individual matter, and to find solutions to personal life problems. In doing so, it does not stand in an extremely individualistic place, ignoring sociality and culture. It offers a feasible and grounded perspective in the sociality we live in. Here, perspective is key. “Look around for different perspectives and different experiences. First, notice what you often hear and try to hear things that will help you and that will improve you. " says Ekrem Çulfa. Emphasis is placed on the importance of having a balanced perspective by changing the perspective in terms of feeling good and changing life for the better.
Speaking from a humanitarian point is one of the most important requirements for writing in Psychology or Personal Development. At this point, "Awareness" does not present the reader with a utopian and unrealistic deception that life will always go well and everything beautiful will find it. On the contrary, he clearly states that life can go bad from time to time, that bad things can happen to us, that we may have fears, that desperate and hopeless feelings can overwhelm us, and we may need help. However, he tries to instill in strengthening the soul and body by thinking positively. Whatever happens to him, no matter how hopeless he feels, he advises the reader to first make peace with them, then look at them in a positive way, and finally take the necessary steps to start a quality and happy life.
In today's world where it is so difficult to feel good and to take courage and act, “Awareness” gives its readers that courage by reaching out like a friendly hand.
Psychologist Sociologist Büşra Gümüş