Books Written by Dr. Irwin Gootnick

Why You Behave in Ways You Hate, and What You Can Do About It

Why You Behave in Ways You Hate, and What You Can Do About It is Dr. Irwin Gootnick's first nationally acclaimed book on how and why people develop and constantly repeat self-defeating patterns, no matter how unhappy they are. Dr. Gootnick and this book were featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Gootnick explains, "This book uncovers the hidden beliefs people have about themselves that make them continue with self-defeating behaviors. Once you know those beliefs, you can start overcoming them."

Why You Behave in Ways You Hate, and What You Can Do About It helps you uncover the seeds planted in childhood that have led to your most pressing challenges in life, and gives you self-help strategies to help work past your self-defeating behaviors.

Self-Help for Smarties: Secret Success Codes for Weight Loss, Love, Career and Parenting

Dr. Gootnick's second book, Self-Help for Smarties, touches on similar issues as the first, but in greater depth. Each section comes complete with clear charts on subjects like Weight Loss, Love and Sex, Career and Parenting, which help readers quickly identify their family situations and the way it affected them.

Dr. Gootnick explains, "When one of these traits is extreme in the parent or sibling, then the child has to accommodate. For example, a controlling parent may result in a submissive child who is not able to think for himself. The child thinks that if he were to think for himself the parent would be provoked; he would feel like he is hurting his parent." If instead the child rebels, the child may become stubborn, defiant, contrary and uncooperative.

Dr. Gootnick's real life examples and question and answer quizzes help readers pinpoint their own situation and apply the psychological principles discussed. Dr. Gootnick has made it possible for people to free themselves from the grip of irrational guilt and destructive behavioral patterns acquired in childhood.