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Melody Beattie

Author of Co-dependent No More

42 Works 5,680 Members 68 Reviews 4 Favorited

About the Author

Melody Beattie is the author of numerous best-selling books, including "Playing It by Heart," "Stop Being Mean to Yourself," "Codependent No More," "Beyond Codependency," "The Language of Letting Go," "Codependents' Guide to the Twelve Steps," & "The Lessons of Love." Beattie's writing draws on the show more wisdom of Twelve Step healing, Christianity, & Eastern religions. Her loyal readers continue to find her books accessible, practical, & filled with universal truths. She lives in Malibu, California. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Melody Beattie

Co-dependent No More (1986) — Author — 2,490 copies
The Language of Letting Go (1990) 976 copies
Codependent No More Workbook (2011) 111 copies
A Reason to Live (1991) 26 copies
Denial (1986) 4 copies
Ne függj senkitől! (2008) 1 copy


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Solid content in straightforward writing. This is not about prose, it's about understanding oneself and life. Only sad that I didn't find it years ago when it came out. But then again, we're only ready when we're ready.

On my nightstand permanently.
rebwaring | 25 other reviews | Aug 14, 2023 |
Another book required for a counseling course, this time from the substance abuse and addiction department.
This gets an especially poor rating not because its not readable or poorly put together/organized. Rather it is because I find the vast majority of the book, from a professional perspective, rather questionable. The book reads like a self-help book rather than any sort of serious scientific study of the issues. I suppose it may have been intended as a self-help book, but it presents itself as something more serious. I won't digress into my feelings regarding pop-psychology and its dangers, and I'm familiar with arguments for lived experience being an important component in addiction treatment. However, I think those need to be tempered with actual expertise. Especially as a grad or post-grad student, its important to take the time to look into the credentials of anyone who's work we're reading. And it would appear that this particular author has essentially no qualifications beyond her lived her experience and being treated as an expert by the pop-psych, public consumption machine. She lacks any sort of formal training in therapy, psychology, or psychiatry, seemingly only having completed high school and never obtained even an associate or bachelors degree. Lived experience alone does not qualify one to provide 'expert' advice in any field, let alone one as tenuous as mental health. I think one of the largest weaknesses here is the conceited notion that one persons lived experience not only qualifies them to provide expert advice, but somehow generalizes to the lived experiences of everyone else more broadly.
The second major failing is that her advice and techniques lean very heavily into the religious aspects of the 12 step program. 12 step programs can be very successful, and even adapted for the nominally atheistic (again, I won't digress into dissecting the pros and cons of the 12 step program), and I have seen it have very positive effects on a lot of lives. But if there is a common thread among those rejecting 12 step programs it is that they lean far too heavily into the religious aspects of treatment, and this book does that in spades.
Even as a self-help book, even for codependents or other addicts, I would discourage anyone from reading this book. Perhaps her other books are more balanced, but I have significant doubts. In general, find a support group, get a therapist, maybe get some psychopharmaceutical treatment, and skip this book.
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jdavidhacker | 2 other reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
helpful for the journey from darkness to light
rbcarver | 25 other reviews | Jul 29, 2023 |
I don't know if it makes miracles, but the process definitely looks like a way to feel and accept "negative" feelings and I will give it the 40 day trial on that alone.
mktoronto | 1 other review | Jan 25, 2023 |



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