The reason so many Americans feel lost and unhappy, explains Dr. Schlessinger, is that we have abandoned the high road and indulged in the feel-good pop psychology of the last decade. Mistaking fun for happiness, we have set ourselves up for "short-term thrills and long-term agony."
While not a physician or psychologist, Dr. Laura, as she is popularly known, is a favorite self-help guru. Her first book, Ten Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives, was a best seller. Dr. Laura appears here as she appears on her popular radio show. She's tough, she's judgmental, and she's very right wing. Dr. Laura's premise is that character, courage, and conscience should be incorporated into our everyday living and decisions. With conversations from her radio show as the backdrop and biblical references throughout, she shows how this can be done. The problems are varied, and readers will surely find something they can relate to. Given the popularity of Dr. Laura's first book, this book will be in demand in most public libraries, especially in those markets where her radio show is aired. Larger libraries should consider multiple copies. Priscilla Davis Dann, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., South Euclid, Ohio -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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August 30, 2005
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Excerpt from How Could You Do That?! by Laura Schlessinger
Yeah, I Know . . . But . . . (Where's Your Character?)
"The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance, and even our very existence depends on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to our lives."
The number one most typically asked question of me in any radio, magazine, TV, or newspaper interview is: "What is the number one most typically asked question on your internationally syndicated show?"
My answer is twofold. First, although there is no typical specific question, there is a more general one, namely, "Now that I've done all these things I shouldn't have done, how can I avoid the consequences I knew, but denied, and just hoped would not happen?"
That's the truth. While many callers' questions are about contemplation and anticipation (i.e., "What could/should I do about . . . ?"), the majority are attempts at retroactivity (i.e., "I know I created a mess, but how can I make it all better, come out differently, or better still, make it go away?").
Second, the number one response to my reminders of cause and effect, common sense, values, ethics, morality, and fair play is: "Yeah, I know, but . . . "--and at that moment there occurs the abdication of character, courage, and conscience. The "but . . ." is followed by all sorts of attempts to indemnify the action under scrutiny, for example, through saying, "But . . . I was . . .