What people say

Praise for Joy of Burnout by press and other authors

Dina Glouberman is wise and witty and an inspirational teacher. Don’t pay a therapist. Buy this book and rise from your own ashes. Sue Townsend, author, Adrian Mole diaries

The Joy of Burnout is the book we have all been waiting for. Dr Glouberman takes this debilitating and puzzling phenomenon and offers powerful and practical insights to help us understand and transcend it. This extaordinary book is a must for sufferers of burnout and their families, friends, managers, counsellors and anyone who has been touched by this experience. It’s also a great read. Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Dina Glouberman has written a book an entire generation can benefit from. This is such an important book. It unwraps the gifts of burnout for the first time. It is full of treasures; it will resuscitate your mind, heal your heart, give you back your life. The challenge will be finding someone who cannot relate to it!’ Robert Holden, author of Shift Happens!

Dina Glouberman is a home-maker of the spirit. She writes with an unusual and vivid openness and with a gift for striking images. This book is full of useful and illuminating suggestions. Margaret Drabble, novelist, editor and critic

Come on! Admit it! You know what it is like to have a sense of being worn out, exhausted, spent, numb, dead, cut off, disconnected – burnout – either a little bit or big time. This rich volume is not another chant of “Think this way; you’ll feel better.” This rich volume is a way to use that sense of being burnt out as a launching pad, a doorway into a new sense of joy, vibrancy, aliveness, passion, excitement. Are you ready to begin? Alvin R. Mahrer, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Ottowa, Canada

I felt stronger and more confident after reading Dina Glouberman’s warm, intelligent and exciting book, and the intimate glimpses into other people’s struggles made me feel less alone. Nell Dunn, author of Steaming, Up the Junction and Poor Cow

Reader comments on Joy of Burnout

I have just read The Joy of Burnout and it has finally inspired me to seek help following burnout five years ago. Quite an amazing book that truly reflects the state of burnout and gives hope to those still in the ‘black hole’. A.E.

Thank you for writing The Joy of Burnout. I have been working through it a chapter a day for the last week and it has been so helpful and encouraging. It has put me back in touch with my needs and some of my inner energy, and has enabled me to get some clearer ideas about how to move forward in my overstressed and totally draining life. A.S.

The Joy of Burnout together with some self help relaxation tapes have helped me to come to an extremely difficult decision to quit my job after 14 years of long hours, passion and adrenalin, rushing highs and lows. The worry about money is actually less than the worry and stress the job was causing me. The case studies have been an absolute life line to me. Thank you. I feel like I am entering a new phase of my life where I do anything I want. A.C.

I have recently returned from three overwhelming years in Aid & Development and couldn’t work out why I was discontented with the colour of air! Thank you for this wonderful resource and tool.. I look forward to sharing it with many (I have bought 10 copies for friends and family!) and to “loving wisely” in the future. R.R.

Your book is wonderful. I experienced burnout 2 years ago and have been struggling to come to terms with it ever since. Even with the help of a good counsellor, I could never discover the real cause of it, your book has helped me so much. Thank you. V.L.

This book was a life saver. I experienced burnout…was completely exhausted physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And, I was ashamed. This book helped me to embrace what I was going through, helped me to know I was not alone, and gave me tangible steps to work through to get beyond the burnout. If you have reached the point of burnout, please get this book. I don’t usually go for the self-help book, but this was just outstanding. Be sure to buy yourself a notebook in which to journal, because it helps to complete the exercises she includes in the book. I am happier now than I have ever been in my life, and I’m convinced it is because I didn’t just cover up or ignore the burnout, but used it as an opportunity to figure out what got me there in the first place so that I could make positive changes in my life.  J D (Dallas)

I was burnt out, suffering from chronic fatigue. A friend recommended this book…..Wow!! I felt validated in my experience and pain through the experience of the author and the many others she quotes in the book. And I got more GREAT ideas to support me in getting better through new attitudes towards life, letting go and radical trust! More than any other single thing, this book has kept me on track and inspired me in my healing, as I grow into a new, healthier life. God bless this author for sharing her great wisdom!!!!!!!! Nancy Madlin (NY)

After years of struggling to understand my exhaustion and erratic bouts of enthusiasm for my teaching career, yet unable to make a crucial break from the profession, I became enlightened after reading “The Joy of Burnout”. The book has empowered me to take control of my life and find joy in living. It is an enriching experience, bringing a sense of positivity, following long periods of suffering. C Foley (New Zealand)

Much gratitude to you and the book that sustained me during the long, dark night of the soul before I returned to the light. Kind regards, Miriam

Praise for Life Choices, Life Changes by press and other authors

This book is simply brilliant – and brilliantly simple. It’s the creative person’s self help bible. Sue Townsend, from the foreword

The best book I have seen on visualisation work … I love it. John Rowan, therapist and author

This book might change your life… Managers should try it, as well as teachers, counsellors and anyone who has responsibility for other people. Charles Handy, author

A noteworthy contribution to the literature of self help … it guides the reader towards a personal myth which can inspire personal excellence. John Grinder, co-creator of NLP

Reader Comments on Life Choices, Life Changes

I have just re-read this book for the fourth time…not because I didn’t understand it the first time!… more that it has so much to offer it needs to be revisited. At each reading and through the exercises, I’ve understood more about myself and my journey. Most self-help books are full of instructions about “what you need to do”, to be this or that kind of person. Very few of them give you the tools, to find your own way and your own solutions, while encouraging you to trust that you have exactly the resources and the wisdom you need – this book does, in spades!

It is fantastically helpful that Dina Glouberman, along with her wisdom, doesn’t flinch from sharing her own foibles and failings, as she makes her own journey. It is full of compassion, heart and humour and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

I’ve been using this book like a bible for over a decade. You just go back to some books again and again, because they never lose their charm, their relevance to your life (wherever it is taking you), and the comfort and challenge they give you. Like a priestess, Dina Glouberman asks you to think about what you do and what you could do in ways that are both uncomfortable and re-assuring. Imagework is one of those simple ideas that takes you into deep places. Its about being in control without being a control freak; about confronting your dark side whilst always coming back to somewhere safe. Unlike most of my pop psychological books that have long since gone to the car boot sale or the Oxfam shop, this is one I have kept by my side. My sceptical and ultra-cool brother in law picked it up from the table when we were on holiday recently and I was luck to get it back. Its a practical and happy bit of magic in just 330 pages. J Dix(Woking, Surrey)

A life-changing book. This is a marvellous book, thoroughly recommended. I’ve used its strategies for a couple of major decisions, and both times I look back on the ‘life choices’ I made as a result with a deep and quiet sense of satisfaction and pleasure. Some of the visualisation ideas are surprisingly challenging, but effective. Dina Glouberman writes warmly and generously. It’s a book to go back to time and again. I also enjoyed her second title, ‘Joy of Burnout’. Would like to read more from this author. H. Mercer “Hilary” (London)

After trying even the first few basic exercises, I found it useful, and had a brilliant Imagework session in which I subconciously changed my thinking patterns at a time when I felt very stagnant. …this is good stuff! M Sherman (Bristol)

Who am I? Where am I going? Everyone I know has asked themselves these questions and everyone I know has had trouble answering them. Dr Glouberman summarises the body of work that exists in psychology on the nature of imagery and it’s relationship to our unconscious, our conscious experience and our functioning in the world. Not only that, she does so in language that everyone can understand AND CRUCIALLY she goes on to do something that psychology rarely does – she tells us how to use it ourselves, to find our own personal meaning and way of being in the world. Images are us. Change your images change your self. I have used the exercises in this book over many years and continue to do so when I feel stuck in life (yes even when I’m out shopping!). Part of my job as a lecturer in Higher Education is to facilitate students in their personal development. This book will most definitely be on my reading list. A. Ross (Scotland)

Course participants comments

When I did your course in Skyros in 1994, I nicknamed you the ‘Yehudi Menuhin of therapy’, and your work reminded me of a fabulous painting with a lot of fine brushstrokes. Now I feel you are actually the art gallery itself. There’s a spiritual dimension that wasn’t there before and this is like the house for all the beautiful paintings. Thank you for all. Vivienne

Dina Glouberman is the legendary founder of Skyros, an alternative holistic holiday on the Greek island, Skyros. If you ever get a chance to work with her, take it. She calls her method “Imagework,” Sometimes what Dina does seems obvious; she’s giving your imagination a work out, somewhere between an idyllic massage and a boot camp for enlightenment. Then, out of nowhere, she asks a question or offers an interpretation that transports everything into a different world where you possess clarity, insight and compassion. It’s not merely that she gives you insight; you see how to get it. She is not just a gifted giver; she is one of nature’s true teachers. David Jenkins, dreamreplay.com

I was deeply moved by your session. The consequence was a feeling of wholeness, integration, strong sense of belonging and part of the larger whole – wonderful.

After the imagework course I find I have a range of new resources at my constant disposal and a community to reach out to share them with. My images have continued to change and reveal surprising insights and it’s a great relief and an adventure to know they are there to be consulted, trusted and explored at any time.

The course went way beyond my expectations. Somehow Dina connects with everyone, and has touched a part of me which has opened up and will continue opening.

It was a revelation – life changing and deeply healing.

Awesome! Can it really be that simple?

Imagework is now a vital tool for moving forward and keeping my life solutions simple.