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Drawing upon both modern science and ancient practices practicing psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk Donald Altman says his book Clearing Emotional Clutter can help the reader to “… heal and move on from pains, insults, traumas, toxic stressors, and emotional clutter from the past and the present — without blaming, shaming, or punishing yourself.”

Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. Her newest book Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life guides readers on how to treat disappointment on the emotional, mental, behavioral and spiritual levels.

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Donald Altman promises readers of Clearing Emotional Clutter managing emotional clutter begins with managing their brains, and it’s something everyone can do: “While your brain may have initially been shaped by conditions out of your control, the brain is extremely malleable,” he writes. “Neuroscience shows you can reshape the brain’s inner architecture much like an athlete shapes her or his body by going to the gym. Through learning new tools, you become the master programmer capable of rewiring your brain.” Donald is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, and teacher. He served as adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University.

When our expectations are met and things go according to plan, we feel accomplished, in control, and on track. But when life does not live up to our expectations, we end up with an “expectation hangover.” Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life by Christine Hassler guides readers on how to overcome when a desired result is not met, an outcome is achieved but it does not give us the feelings we thought it would, life throws us a curveball, or we simply do not feel we are living up to the expectations placed upon us (by ourselves or others). As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country and has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows.