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I Heart Me

The Science of Self-Love
Narrated by: David R. Hamilton PhD
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

How much love do you have for yourself? Not the narcissistic "aren't I wonderful?" kind of love but the essential regard for self that empowers you and helps you navigate through life. The type of love that enables you to feel safe and secure in who you are and inspires you to make choices that are good for your authentic self.

When scientist David Hamilton realized that his own lack of self-love was sabotaging him in hundreds of subtle ways and more than a handful of major ways, he devised an experiment using himself as the guinea pig. For more than a year, David studied the latest research into brain chemistry, neuroscience, and psychotherapeutic and personal development techniques. He realized that self-love was as much about biology as psychology - that self-worth is in our genes but trained out of us. The biological drive to seek connection with others often leads us to try to be someone else to win love and approval. But the brain can be reprogrammed, and David devised 27 powerful exercises that he tested on himself and presents in the book to help you:

  • Increase your own level of self-worth
  • Connect powerfully with your authentic self
  • Attain a greater sense of happiness and general well-being
  • Create stronger and more real connections with others

©2017 Hay House (P)2017 Hay House

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This book helped me heal sciatica

Wonderfully narrated by David himself in his charming scottish accent. Brilliant stories to back up his points and it's laden with scientific evidence. I've been practicing the visualisation on my sciatic nerve and been practicing self compassion. It's absolutely working.... I've learnt so much and am able to give so much more now to my anti anxiety clients. I've been shouting about this book all over social media and hope to see him in the flesh one day.

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I heart me

Instantly know when a book is good is when I grab my notebook and begin taking notes ..

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A worthwhile listen

Thourghly enjoyed listening to this book. It was thought provoking, particuarily if you are self-reflecting and at a point of change. The narration, tone and pace of the book was engaging, easy to follow and understand and helped by the fact that the author relates it to situations in his own life. I would highly recommend the book.

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A Wonderful Listen!

Beautiful, soothing ,relaxing ,interesting ,genuinely real audible experience . I had actually researched this for a client of mine and ended up listening to the whole book as I enjoyed it so much,thank you David :)

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life enhancing

almost instant results in self esteem and love using simple tools which are easy to practice and not complicated so no need to overthink

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Plain annoying

I bought this as a deal of the day. I generally enjoy self help books and usually find something of value to take away. From the off this one just annoyed me. The person doing the foreword claimed to have cured their cancer through self-love and whilst I don't dispute this is possible it's a dubious claim with which to open a book. Much of the "science" also felt somewhat unscientific. The book is an overly long analysis of the reasons to, and ways you might, increase the extent to which you accept and love yourself. Many have clearly found this book useful, I just found it extremely irksome.

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I hate self help books

Got to 25%. Got off on the wrong foot with me with a foreword by a woman who reckons her cancer was due to her lack of self love and if she loved herself it’d cure her. They’re keen on telling you this specifically happened during a “NDE” - near death experience. I assume the acronym is an attempt to legitimise it. I guess maybe give it a go if you’re not informed in biological science but interested and have existed in a state of insecurity and drastically low self-awareness. This probably isn’t fair, I hate self help books. ‘Read a wider range of books’ they said, ‘you’ll enjoy it!’ Not self help books!

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A brilliant, thought provoking read

Even if you’ve done lots of reading and have lots of knowledge about self care, kindness, compassion and basically looking after yourself to be everything to others, this book offers you some brilliant scientific explanations plus some practical tips and advice which I think anyone would benefit from. I also love David’s vulnerability in his writing and his ‘normality’ in being a human being, there’s no airs and graces or perception that he knows it all, he’s a great writer to engage people no matter where people are in their self awareness / self love journey.

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inspiring

Often we look around searching for Love. From being loved or the love one.. and we forget to love our own self.

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Love yourself

Reiterated the importance of devoting time each day to building yourself up deliberately and intentional.

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  • manxie
  • 09-06-19

A Work in Progress

This book contains many tips to utilise throughout the day in order to increase your value to yourself. I am still working on some of these issues but appreciated Dr Hamilton sharing his experience as is always good to know we are not alone.

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  • jthomason
  • 15-02-19

"Opened my heart".... Iam Enough"

Dr. David is a kindred spirit of all of us! Thank you ,for sharing your essence .

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  • Myn
  • 07-10-18

Pretty much the only self improvement/personal growth book you’ll need

I downloaded this book shortly after I discovered the root of all self-help is self-love and self acceptance. While I am grateful for other books I have read in the personal development genre, it really all boils down to the principles in this book. I found it at just the right time and would encourage anyone remotely interested to just go ahead and get the book. Worst thing that happens don’t love it, best thing that happens is it changes your life.

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  • D
  • 29-09-18

Accent makes it difficult to understand

The message and applications are very practical but his accent makes it difficult to understand at times.

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  • AllanP
  • 08-09-18

Amazing

The combination of science based facts, knowledge and personal experience makes this an absolute favorite for me. I strongly recommend it.

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  • Maritza Martinez
  • 13-09-20

I am enough.

At the beginning of the year, I wrote a few goals that sounded more as affirmations then any thing else. My number one was not to doubt myself and as a parenthesis I had wrote (I am enough). The funny thing is that this book found me, I don’t listen, read or purchase help self books. Yet, as I finished it I felt moved in so many ways. January is long gone, and your kind and loving words have come to remind me as the year is coming very soon to an end, that I indeed am enough. Thank you.

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  • Kristina
  • 20-10-19

Couldnt comprehend

I couldnt understand the vocabulary not happy with my purchase I stopped after the first chapter Unfortunately this isnt my favorite