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IndieReader Review - The Breakthrough

IndieReader Review - The Breakthrough

“Dr. Hartman has created a self-help book unlike any other...the book is both a refreshing read and a surprisingly helpful guide to understanding how and why we experience anxiety, depression, and panic about our emotional states. By advocating an understanding and appreciation of our actual relationship to the universe (as opposed to a fanciful or childish holdover) we can begin to fully inhabit each moment of our lives. Using experimental font sizes, inventive dialogue in the format of a play, and carefully chosen anecdotes from his own life and experience, Hartman creates a memorable and helpful guide to reclaiming happiness and leaving behind nameless dread.”

~IndieReader.

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite

Amidst the countless ‘self-help’ books that can be found on bookstore shelves or E-readers, The Breakthrough in Two Acts by Fredric C. Hartman, Ph.D may well be the most significant. Billed as a way of ‘Breaking the Spells of Painful Emotions and Finding the Calm in the Present Moment,’ Dr. Hartman’s unique work clearly defines the source of humanity’s unhappiness and constant quest for ‘more,’ while also addressing the steps to confront the built up painful emotions that cloud our perceptions of the world as we live and experience it each day. Dr. Hartman contends that our minds are still holding on to the fight or flight responses our ancient forebears depended on for survival, stemming from the limbic system. It is into this mental repository that every disappointment we may have experienced as a child is stored and added up, and the inability to gain satisfaction for these slights is what leads to emotional pain and problems such as frustration, panic, guilt, humiliation, shame, and impatience later on in life. Without our consciousness being able to stand up to the innate pain, we may spiral deeper into emotional un-wellness, which Dr. Hartman sees as a worldwide crisis. Cleverly written as a stage play between himself and a patient, The Consciousness, The Breakthrough in Two Acts: Breaking the Spells of Painful Emotions and Finding the Calm in the Present Moment by Fredric C. Hartman is amazingly smooth to read and full of wonderful scene titles and quotes so that you know exactly what to expect. There are amazing analogies and comparisons that make the processes of the mind easy to understand so that you really develop a sense of hope if you do, in fact, want to overcome the mental blocks that prevent you from creating a better present and future for yourself. As complex as psychology is, the author has made it quite approachable to countless people – I would almost hope that this text becomes required reading for all teaching, nursing, political science, business, (in fact every subject) students, if not all high school students!

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite

Within the first few paragraphs of The Breakthrough in Two Acts by Fredric C. Hartman, Ph.D., one breathes a very deep sigh of appreciation for something truly fresh and intelligent, startled by the clear recognition that, “Hey, I’m in the presence of something brisk and new, something that explains with crystal clarity this current life I live, something, even more importantly, that I can actually use to live it better.” Some of his earliest words explain the basic parameters defining this recognition: “Our brain keeps believing danger is everywhere, as it was neurologically designed to do.” “But shouldn’t a sturdy, stable awareness be as basic to civilized life as shelter, or clothing?” It might seem axiomatic that an academic subject written about by an accomplished academic would sound, well, academic. However, The Breakthrough in Two Acts, a remarkable evaluation, assessment, and practical revelation of human consciousness and our intimate connection with it, reads more like Fredric C. Hartman is a poet, not a doctor, or a mighty wise guru sitting alone atop a hill. That is the pleasure one feels while reading: not like he is listening to a lecture, but like he has wandered into a private conversation revealing the big secret behind our existence. Almost like someone finally unearthed that rumored-to-exist-but-must-notbe-seen instruction booklet. If all of this seems a bit light-hearted for such a serious subject, it is because the effect of Dr. Hartman’s book is to make one feel enlightened, and yes, a bit more lighthearted. But, in a most down-to-earth and useful way. And finally, I will say something I have never said before: Everyone needs to read this book. Everyone should read this book.

 

Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers’ Favorite

The Breakthrough in Two Acts written by clinical psychologist Frederic C. Hartman is a transformative piece of non-fiction. Although it is short, yet somehow you feel as though you have read volumes of important information all at the same time. The tone is intelligent, but also so relatable that I feel even a pre-teen reader would be able to grasp parts of it. It’s definitely a book that would have interested me at a young age. The matter discussed is concerning yourself with what is and with what always is “Now”. Being aware of what is happening “Now” in this very instant, instead of other emotions from the past, which will keep us from feeling so many negative emotions will ground us. Our past negative emotions do hold us in this spellbound kind of limbo that keeps us from being aware of this very second where in fact everything may be calm. I can easily say that Fredric C. Hartman’s The Breakthrough in Two Acts is an epiphany in written form. The book felt as though it was written for me personally, and I have a feeling that anyone who reads it will feel the same connection as well. He mentions that as a society nobody teaches us to keep a healthy state of mind. And I feel that our world has truly done us, as a people, a great disservice. There is so much turmoil happening all around us, and it never does seem to stop. If this book was implemented in school systems, I feel that things could be different. Perhaps, if there was also a simplified version written for those in elementary school settings, where our sadness seems to be cultivated within ourselves, it would be a great help as well. You need this book, and your sister, brother, cousin, father, and mother. The stranger you don’t know on the corner needs it. It’ll change you and give comfort in a way that you never would have thought possible.