지은이: 부성현, 부경아, 양성희
Translation: “Successful Study Abroad Project of a Courageous Family"
A family autobiography and a self-help memoir about a Korean-American family and their journey and adventures facing and overcoming cultural obstacles in a foreign country. Stories and advice on how to adjust to an American high school, learn English as a second language and fit into a new community. Primary readership audience were Korean students and parents contemplating immigration to a foreign country.
A non-fiction memoir and a self-help psychology book dedicated to the author's older sister. This book goes into the types of thought patterns (comparison thinking, catastrophizing, negative self-talk, perfectionism) and cognitive distortions that may cause obsessive, harmful overthinking known as 'rumination' which has proven to be a major cause of clinical depression. It also discusses possible solutions at both individual and societal levels, and why we need to address cultural issues such as status-obsession and our traditional definition of success. We also need to challenge the traditional understanding of depression that says it's caused by an unexplainable "chemical imbalance in the brain" that can only be addressed by medication. We need to take individual and group responsibility to better identify, understand and research the underlying causes and patterns behind depression instead of treating the brain as a "black box."
Projected Release Date: December 2019 on Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks
Table of Contents 3 I: Observing Our Mind’s Stories 13 Chapter 1: “I am not good enough” 14 Chapter 2: “I am so ugly and unattractive” 18 Chapter 3: “I am so behind compared to others” 21 Chapter 4: “I should have, I would have, I could have” 25 Chapter 5: “I must always be perfect” 28 Chapter 6: “I am a total failure” 31 II: What Creates Our Mind’s Stories 35 Chapter 7: Our Brain (Part I) 35 Chapter 8: Our Brain (Part II) 41 Chapter 9: Culture 45 Chapter 10: People Around You 53 Chapter 11: Childhood Conditioning 58 Chapter 12: Your Self-Identity 67 III: Taking Control of Our Mind’s Stories 70 Chapter 13: The Current State of Depression Treatment and Understanding 71 Chapter 14: Awareness and Presence 79 Chapter 15: Downward Spiral, Upward Spiral 83 Chapter 16: The Power of Appreciation 87 Chapter 17: Top-Down, Bottom-Up 93 Chapter 18: "An Idle Mind is the Devil's Workshop" 97 Chapter 19: Faith, Spirituality and My Testimony 100 Dear Asian Parents 107 Epilogue 111 Acknowledgements 116 A Letter to Korean Readers 117 About the Author 120 References 121