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The New York Times best-selling author and renowned clinical psychologist teaches women how to transcend their fears and illusions, break free from societal expectations and rediscover the person they were always meant to be: fully present, conscious and happy.

A Radical Awakening lays out a path for women to heal their psychic wounds and prepares them to discover their own powers to help heal others and the planet. Dr Shefali helps women uncover the purpose that already exists within them and harness the power of authenticity in every area of their lives.

This is an eloquent and inspiring, practical and accessible book, backed with real-life examples and personal stories, that unlocks the extraordinary power necessary to awaken the conscious self. Dr Shefali will empower and inspire all women to uncover the person they always wanted to be: fully present, conscious and happy, by deconstructing the archetypes that still exist in society today, inspiring women to live authentically - and, importantly, elevate other women along the way.

©2021 Shefali Tsabary (P)2021 Harper Collins

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Pop psychology self help book

Being interested in psychology I was intrigued when I heard about this book. It is written by New York Times best selling author Dr Shefali Tsabary who has appeared on the Oprah TV show and is known for having views on conscious parenting.
Narrated by the author, this is primarily a self help book aimed at empowering straight cis women and is based on the author's strong opinions rather than anything evidence / research based. There is plenty of discussion of biology versus culture and how addressing pain is painful and needs an emotional seat belt and how easy it is to become caught in a fear / blame ./ shame cycle.

Despite the fact that this book is mostly the type of pseudo science found in glossy magazines and not particularly radical, there comes a point in everyone's life when it is time to remove obstacles to live as your authentic self and this book will serve as a useful catalyst for those in search of inspiration to take the first step towards this.

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It was okay

I'd say the book started off great. But i quickly found myself skipping bits because the book turned very boring and negative. Ended up regretting my purchase.

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So refreshing

Empowering, deconditioning, wonderful. Dr Shefali has done it again. I hope everyone gives it a listen to decondition from society norms.

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disappointed

I did not finish and I think this book is meant for a different culture.

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So many words yet so little content

I'm all for a self-help book however I returned this title a few minutes into Chapter 4. I'm not even sure I can review the few chapters I listened to as nothing really sparked my interest enough to remember it. From 3 and a bit chapters I gleaned that the author thinks all women are hiding their 'true self', that they will have to unlearn everything. The author seems to think women need to be told to be supportive of one another and that women attack and push comparisons on each other. Isn't that a bit of a reach? I'm always supportive of other women. She also seemed to imply (to paraphrase) that we shouldn't want botox and push ourselves to look better than other women as that will put unnecessary pressure on them and that we are Ok sagging and ageing. What if a woman wants to look good for herself? What if it makes her happy? Now she needs to feel bad because her wanting to look good makes someone else feel bad? I know that's probably not what she meant however I could see after 3 and a bit chapters that this book would not really offer anything of value to me. If it cannot grab my attention within chapter 1 then it's not going to be worth sticking with and she seems to be framing women as victims. Women aren't victims.
This seems to be a book for someone who is new to their self-help and development journey. For someone more confident and aware this isn't for you.

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Fascinating

I could relate to so much of the book, my awakening had already begun, without realising, this helped me understand what and why. I would love a version for my teenage daughter, although I hope she will learn as she sees me trusting my own voice.

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A manual for every woman.

This book is a must read and for me will be my companion in awakening. Put this work alongside Dr Jill Bolte Taylor's and I don't think you need much more to accompany your spiritual practices. This book is my missing piece. Thank you Dr Shefali x

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Takes to long to get to the point

Listening to Shefalis voice is soothing, but I feel the book could be shortened.
I found the content to be repetitive in parts, and may suit women who are very submissive or from East Asian background.
I’m 10 chapters in and I’m getting bored. I hope the second half becomes more interesting.

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Awakens you

I highly recommend this book. It is very insightful to all aspects of our being. Helps you to look at yourself in a different light and helps awaken you.

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Must read

What a great listen this was, examples and explanation are very easy to understand and relate to. If your going theough troubles in your life or starting a fresh this book will help you to understand the many challenges of life, and will help you to truly understand and make changes for a better for filled you!

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  • 11-10-21

Exceptional book

I loved every page of the book. Dr.Shefali's narration was a bridge to the book and a loud call to my inner self. Incredible book and profound gratitude for all the insights it brings in. A heartfelt thank you!

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  • 14-01-22

Life changing book!

The most incredible book I've ever read! Thank you! I could not stop listening!

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  • Nicole J
  • 13-01-22

1 of many opinions

I love this book because it is authentic. I also love my traditions and how my culture has shaped my beliefs. I agree that monogamy is outdated and unrealistic. Been married, was cheated on. Dated,
been cheated on. I call it cheating still :) will I ever find monogamy? Probably not, but I don’t depend on it for my happiness anymore. I’ll get a dog and a community to fulfil my needs - I’ve had enough horrible and nice relationships to tie me over until my inevitable death. I wholeheartedly agree on being enlightened and loving yourself. But I hope my ideal of
finding a monogamous relationship will happen - it would be nice :) I would never become a psychologist because you have to see everyone’s perspective and I’m sure psychologists are some of the most enlightened people but I choose to keep some of my cultures traditions in tact! Great listen! Enjoyed the book over all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-21

Brilliant read!

This book will trigger you enough to finally take responsibility and change your life!

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  • Jess
  • 17-11-21

Revolutionary

I loved it. hard to understand and integrate some parts. But worth it! !

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  • Nitasha
  • 19-09-21

Thought provoking

Loved this book. The narration is also excellent. There are so many gems in this book. Every chapter is thought provoking. It has the power to change your life. Highly recommend it.

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  • 29-08-21

Transformational

Really every women should read it. Dr Shefali has actually wrote the woman's 'bible' !

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  • Paula Espinel
  • 07-08-21

WOW! MIND BLOWING!

This book is just wonderful!! I'm am deeply thankful with Dr. Shefali to open this marvelous opportunity of seeing things from a total different perspective. Be brave and open mind, change yours too. The world really need it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-21

Enlightening, listened and re-listened many times!

This book has been so timely, for the flowering of women’s consciousness worldwide. Listened on Audible and bought 5 copies of the book to give away. Don’t hesitate, download now!

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  • 23-07-21

A Masterpiece! 😍😍😍

An Epic journey of self love, awareness, empowerment and accountability. Narrated with conviction & eloquence by the author. By far my most favorite book of 2021 . Dr. Shefali's understanding of human behavior especially those of women combined with her personal story makes this book impactful.