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Psycho-Synergistics: Developing Synergistic Life Skills


This book covers concepts, principles, and methods for developing or improving eight of the most important life (coping) skills. What’s so exceptionally unique and special about it? It integrates all the concepts, models, methods, and practices into a step-by-step, building block system that (a) promotes and enables mutual, synergistic complementarity and reinforcement among self-awareness, personal motivation, thinking (i.e., problem solving and decision making), learning, interpersonal relations, communication, behavior modification, and time management), and (b) presents one basic but adaptable methodology for all of them (instead of having to learn and use a different methodology for each).

It also (a) anticipates and describes a “mind-technology spiral” and (b) explains why the mind is the “ultimate weapon for war” but also the “ultimate instrument for peace.

This updated version, which is easily three times as good as the original, has been rewritten largely for high school (but even 6th-8th grade) students, who would take a course with at least one parent (who studies the manual with the child so that he or she is able to reinforce the child’s learning at home). Students each get a book. Parents get their own copy or copies. And the teacher/instructor has a copy. Even teachers and students in university education programs might use this reference. That could add up to many books, especially if the book were promoted successfully. For example, Maltz’s Psycho-Cybernetics (back in the 1960s) flopped when first published. But an entrepreneur bought the rights and promoted it intensively. It became a best seller!

Several important points:


1. This book (manual) is so important that someone who has the wherewithal should pick it up and run with it. Why is it so important? Because teenagers aren’t learning how to: (a) understand themselves in beneficial detail (in terms of many specific traits and their cause-effect interrelationships); (b) do the personal motivation (goal setting and planning) that enables them to begin planning and managing their own lives to a greater extent; (c) structure their own learning, thinking, and communication situations; (d) better understand and interact more effectively with others; (e) better manage their time and effort; and (f) use all of the associated knowl­edge and skills in a far more integrated, synergistic manner than any other book has ever described. The book is also written for (a) self-improvers, and (b) the many people who have never been exposed to anything like this synergistic system, and, therefore, are not coping very well with life’s trials and tribulations—or even opportunities. Simultaneously promoting the book to both student/parent/ teacher and self-improvement market segments could create a “ratchet effect” through which sales in one segment spurs sales in the others.


2. This serious and in-depth work can be called a “manual” because it not only presents the textbook concepts and principles (the “what” and “why”) of developing various knowledge and skills, but it also goes on to outline “how to” continuously acquire and reinforce knowledge, acquire and further develop skills, and modify certain traits. It does all the above using 95 figures, tables, and exhibits!


3. In addition to describing needs/drives, knowledge factors, skills, personality traits, and interests, Chapter 2 (The Indi­vidual: A System of Characteristics) covers three frames of reference concerning values—including the six values covered in the Alport, Vernon, Lindzey Study of Values.” (At one time the SOV was the third largest-selling psychological measurement instrument.) Those six values appear later in Chapter 6 (Interpersonal Relations), which describes our interpersonal styles model, The Interpersonal Target. R.D.Cecil's name is now on the SOV’s copyright, because he helped to rewrite much of it. Because of that fact, we have no doubt that we could persuade the other copyright owners to permit the inclusion of our computerized version of the test on a CD-ROM accompanying the book). With that test’s results, the user could fill in the computerized version of The Interpersonal Target, which is self-calculating and could also be on the CD-ROM, to see the implications for his or her tendency to use a par­ticular interpersonal (and managerial or leadership) style.


4.  Five chapters of this book were also in R.D. Cecil's book, Next-Generation Management Development, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2007. (It has been retitled Next-Generation Management, Leadership, and Organization Development for a number of reasons.) Therefore, those chapters have already undergone both development and copy editing. The same chapters were excerpted or condensed from Mr.Cecil's 30-booklet management series, several booklets of which were adapted from the original version of Psycho-Synergistics.


5.  If it were believed that more copies of the book could get to more people who need or could use it, we would be willing to discuss having a Ph.D. co-author. But due to experience, we would insist on several conditions.


6. This manual has already been formatted and made “camera ready” for printing—e.g., as a manual/work­book in a 3-ring binder.



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