NEW BOOK REVIEWS features book reviews and news related to a wide range of ebooks and printed books for adults as well as children and young adults in fiction and non-fiction categories. Submissions of book reviews are welcome. We also provide reviews of books for a modest fee. Contact us for more information on our book review service.

Personifying a Life of Purpose

Monday, February 16, 2015

Secrets to staying young in old age from psychologist Dr. Edward Dreyfus.

Author and Psychotherapist Dr. Edward Dreyfus Shares Lessons on Achieving Full Potential and Maintaining Youthful, Positive Outlook

At 77 years of age, Dr. Edward Dreyfus remains in the prime of his life – thanks largely to his positive attitude and willingness to embrace change. A practicing clinical psychologist, Dreyfus has adapted many of the lessons learned during psychotherapy sessions into readable and relatable works of fiction and nonfiction, not to mention applied those same lessons to his own approach to living a meaningful life.

Doctor Edward Drefus Dr. Edward Dreyfus is a clinical psychologist and author.

Dreyfus has so far written five nonfiction books and three works of fiction, including "Buddies" and "Mickey and the Plow Horse" and "The Midnight Shrink" (to be released later this year); while the nonfiction covers academic, psychological topics, the novels tell compelling stories that convey a psychologically relevant message. All of his books are written for general audiences.

"I write fiction with entertainment in mind, of course," commented Dreyfus, "but I also want to offer practical, actionable guidance toward living a better life and escaping the stress/collapse cycle of the proverbial rat race. When we take better care of ourselves, we then take better care of each other and the world around us."

For Dreyfus, the concepts of change and flexibility have been important parts of both his psychotherapy practice his own daily life. "So many people fear change. They only barely tolerate change when it's forced upon them. I believe everyone could benefit from have a more optimistic view of change. Instead of letting life just 'happen,' I encourage people to participate more fully in their own lives and seize opportunities to try new things, cultivate hobbies and even take the occasional risk – that's how personal growth happens, not by standing pat and waiting for instructions."

He added: "Hobbies, in my experience, are what keep the mind engaged and malleable, regardless of age or physical condition. Hobbies provide purpose, and they're fulfilling precisely because they're not goal-oriented in the sense of a career. They offer pure, unadulterated enjoyment for its own sake."

As one who most certainly practices what he preaches, Dreyfus has filled his retirement years with vigorous activity. In addition to being a published author, he's now putting the finishing touches on a fourth screenplay. Dreyfus is also a proficient in several martial arts and enjoys photography, woodworking and cooking – all part of staying young at heart (and mind).

About the Author

Dr. Edward Dreyfus is a psychologist who specializes in individual psychotherapy, relationship counseling, sex therapy, substance abuse treatment, life coaching and divorce counseling. Dr. Dreyfus serves the Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills. He is an educator as well as a psychotherapist, teaching about psychology and psychological issues, as well as being the author of five important books in the psychology field and two novels with a third to be published later this year.

Recent News

ISIS IS US: The Shocking Truth Behind the Army of Terror - December 29, 2015

A new book by Wayne Madsen, Webster Tarpley, and anomymous authors known as Syrian Girl Partisan and George Washington Blogger have released a new book on the true origins and backers of the Islamic State (Daesh).

Leaders’ Guide for Effective Change in Lean Manufacturing - August 11, 2015

Unique business consultants, Dr. Patrick Love and Patrick Putorti, launch all-new book to help business leaders find their path to effective change.

Celebrated Authors Set For Hong Kong Book Fair - July 2, 2015

The 26th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair on 15-21 July features a star-studded slate of English language authors.

Ruling Against Apple for E-Book Price Fixing Upheld - June 30, 2015

A court has confirmed that it is illegal for Apple to knowingly participate in a price-fixing conspiracy, but that may not stop them.

“The Tax Detective” Uncovers the Mystery of Small Business Tax Planning - May 7, 2015

Help for taxation issues for small companies.

“Into The Wild” – Exploring What it Means to Truly Live - May 3, 2015

New review of the 1996 book "Into the Wild", still a best-seller.

Best Practices for Marketing an Independent Book - April 4, 2015

Facing an avalanche of competition, independent publishers need to be creative and persistent in marketing their books.

Author Phil Blair: Win Name Game to Advance Career - April 4, 2015

Simple techniques can help a person land and retain a job.

Author Advises Baby Boomers on Retirement Strategy - April 4, 2015

Retirement is not easy for many Americans but utilizing a reverse mortgage can make retirement possible for some.

“Cops in Lab Coats” a Call for Forensic Science Reform - April 4, 2015

Separating forensic scientists from law enforcement and prosecution is an essential step to ensuring that justice prevails.