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Walk into your local bookstore - if you can find one - or browse the lists at Amazon, Book Depository or Booktopia and you'll find hundreds if not thousands of "self help" books. And the vast majority give the same advice; identify your problem and follow a series of steps to overcome the challenge. Melbourne-based clinician, coach and mentor Philip Owens says that approach is flawed and it inspired him to write a different book - one that lets you decide on the journey by creating the space you need.

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When you’re on a quest for self-improvement, there are countless books, apps, methods, etc., out there that promise to “fix” you, or help you become the best you you can be. Bullet journals, meditation apps, yoga studios, books promising to help you “get your shit together” — there’s no shortage of products, services and experiences to buy in our culture.

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Many wonder how to talk to someone who is going through a loss, how best to be supportive, and how to properly offer condolences. But when grief hits you, it isn’t only painful, it’s extremely difficult to navigate through a range of new emotions.

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I'm a bit pernickety. I get fussy when I'm hungry, bummed out when I don't exercise, or anxious when I'm in a big crowd. Most of my long term friends know how to handle me when I dive into some weird mood, but new friends (and significant others) don't. So, I came up with a user manual for myself to help them (and myself).