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Do You Really Get Me? by Joseph Shrand, MD

Do You Really Get Me by Joseph Shrand, M.D.We all need communication and have the desire to be respected by others. What if there was a way to increase the value in ourselves by finding empathy in others?

DO YOU REALLY GET ME?: Finding Value in Yourself and Others through Empathy and Connection (Hazelden; September 29, 2015; $15.95; Original Trade Paperback) by Joseph Shrand, M.D., with Leigh Devine, provides the means and techniques to enhance connections with others, show greater respect for and have more trust in others, and raise esteem in ourselves. We are constantly evaluating how people perceive us, but once we begin to understand others, we can have a positive influence on family, friends, and the world around us.

Dr. Shrand developed the I-Maximum Approach (I-M Approach) “as a treatment approach, but it has become as much a philosophy to help people remind themselves and others that each of us has value.” Theory of Mind (ToM) allows us to “appreciate another person’s perspective.” Combined, these powerful tools give everyone the ability shape our lives for the better by discovering the value in ourselves and others, as well as influencing how people perceive you and how they think and feel about themselves.

In addition, this fascinating new book by Dr. Shrand covers the four domains: Biological, Home, Ic (I See), and Social. Each presents unique circumstances that change our reactions about ourselves and how others view us. Other topics include how Theory of Mind evolved and became the building block of all human interaction, the reasons people lie, how social groups are formed and what binds them together, and why we choose to either include people in our connections or to reject them.

DO YOU REALLY GET ME? explains to readers:
• The meaning of Theory of Mind and how it applies to having empathy for others
• What the I-M Approach is and how it helps to reach your potential
• The differences between a “white” lie and a “strategic” lie and why we tell them
• Why we feel the need to belong and to establish connections with others
• The various forms of alienation and how it affects us

In DO YOU REALLY GET ME?, Dr. Shrand explains how to use the I-M Approach and Theory of Mind to bring out the best in yourself and others while finding value through empathy.

Joseph Shrand, M.D., is an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He supervises psychiatry residents for Harvard South Shore and applies his I-M Approach as medical director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered), part of High Point Treatment Center. He is the author of The Fear Reflex and Outsmarting Anger with Leigh Devine.

For more information on Dr. Shrand and his methodology, visit:

Leigh Devine has a master of science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has written and produced many notable publications and documentary programs specializing in psychology, medicine, and science.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 15 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults.

Do You Really Get Me?: Finding Value in Yourself and Others through Empathy and Connection
By Joseph Shrand, M.D., with Leigh Devine
Hazelden Publishing
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1616495886
Original Trade Paperback
Price: $15.95
Pages: 200 pp.