an important, groundbreaking book that promises to become a classic over the decades.
More than any other book, it reminds me of Herbert Benson's RELAXATION RESPONSE. Just as Benson took a simple concept-- relaxation-- and created a landmark book on how to do it... simply, Les Fehmi, with co-author Jim Robbins, has laid out an approach to attention that is remarkable in its simplicity and power to change lives.
This is an important, groundbreaking book that promises to become a
classic that could very well become more and more widely read over the
More than any other book, it reminds me of Herbert
Benson's RELAXATION RESPONSE. Just as Benson took a simple concept--
relaxation-- and created a landmark book on how to do it... simply, Les
Fehmi, with co-author Jim Robbins, has laid out an approach to
attention that is remarkable in its simplicity and power to change
As Fehmi points out, our lives, our experiences, all we
know, are determined by how we pay attention. The process of paying
attention is usually something we ignore. Yet, Fehmi teaches, we can
easily learn how to become aware of how we are paying attention and
then voluntarily pay attention as we choose to.
Fehmi walks us
through the ways that narrowed, inflexible attention leads to stress
and stress disorders, depression, reduced performance, even diminished
relationships. The good news is he provides practical, easy to learn
and implement techniques which work-- and quickly, at that.
first learned the Open Focus technique from Les Fehmi 30 years ago.
I've used them ever since in my life and as a trainer and consultant
teaching newcomer physicians, psychologists, counselors, educators,
etc. the field of biofeedback and self regulation. I've taught hundreds
of practitioners this technique because I believe it is very effective
This book has been long overdue and will be
highly valuable to both lay readers and professional psychologists.
Fehmi's co-author Jim Robbins is an extraordinary writer who has helped
Fehmi to take his ideas and put them into a fun and fascinating to read
language that makes this book almost as engaging as a great novel.
Fehmi has been a consultant to the Dallas Cowboys, Golf Pros, ther US
Olympic team and so many others who have benefited from these
techniques. He's polished and fine tuned them with biofeedback and
brain assessment technologies. This means that, unlike many techniques,
Open Focus has been objectively measured and tested with brain wave
technologies such as neurofeedback devices and brain maps.
yourself. How much thought have you given to the way YOU pay attention.
What are the parameters you assess? What "handles" do you have for
modulating and adjusting your attention for different situations? Most
people don't have good answers to these questions. This book provides
Some people will approach this book as a self-help book for healing disorders caused by stress, anxiety, etc.
will, like the pro teams and players who have hired Dr. Fehmi, approach
this book as an aid to help improve performance, to reach peak
performance and optimal functioning.
Some will seek out this book to help their personal relationships.
Some will approach it as a map for achieving higher consciousness and or spiritual deepening.
All will find answers that will make a difference in their lives and work.
the founder organizer of one of the world's largest biofeedbac
meetings, my job has been to bring together the best and the brightest
leaders. Les Fehmi has, with his wife Susan, always been one of the
best. The presentations have always drawn big crowds of other experts
and leaders in the fields of biofeedback, peak performance, positive
psychology, neurofeedback, stress management, meditation and
relaxation. The experts come to hear Fehmi because he combines science
and solid theory with practical, easy to use techniques. This book does
the same thing.
This is one of the few books I'd like my adult
children to read, and I'll be passing on copies to any of my employees
who want to read it too.
Do I sound enthusiastic? It's a real
joy to see that the life work of one of the scientist practitioner
psychologists I've come to respect has been put on the printed page in
such a stunning, powerful way. You do yourself a great disservice if
you fail to avail yourself of the unique, original ideas and life
strategies you'll find in this book.
Last but not least, I was
amazed to see that the book includes a CD with guided Open Focus
exercises on it. They've always sold separately. Fehmi has given his
all on this.
One theme has run through my work for the past 40 plus years-- a desire to play a role in waking people up, raising their consciousness and empowering them.
I was the organizer founder of the Winter Brain, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology and StoryCon Meetings and president of Futurehealth, Inc., with interests in Positive Psychology as well as being involved in the field of biofeedback/neurofeedback since 1972.
see my more detailed bio, reflecting my work in biofeedback, here.
In 2003 I founded www.OpEdNews.com , where I've written over 1800 articles and have published over 100,000 other people's writings, with the goal of raising people's consciousness in political and activist ways.