Good Intentions by Duke Robinson
The Nine Unconscious Mistakes of Nice People

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With the poignant honesty of Robert Fulghum and the good sense of "Dear Abby", this practical guide shows effective ways to avoid being "too" nice and reclaim a satisfying and fulfilling life.

Most people are raised to be "nice". But some just overdo it. They want to be perfect: always helpful, always available, never distinguishing between their own needs and those of others. Inside they're frustrated and unhappy. By analyzing the nine most common pitfalls, "Good Intentions" shows how the afflicted can liberate themselves from this damaging behavior, assert their own needs, and still remain the "good person" they've always wanted to be.
 

About Duke Robinson

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Time Warner published the paperback version of Duke Robinson's award-winning book in November 2000, under the title Too Nice for Your Own Good: How to Stop Making 9 Self-Sabotaging Mistakes. It appeared in eleven languages and, in English, also as an e-book. You can find them through Amazon.com and in bookstores everywhere. Over the years he has written occasional op-ed pieces and columns for newspapers. Robinson was born and reared in suburban Philadelphia. In 1958, he graduated from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and has lived since 1960 in the East Bay of Northern California. For twenty-eight years, he served as pastor of the progressive Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland, 1968-96. For several years during that ministry, he also served as an adjunct professor at San Francisco Theological Seminary, from which he received an earned doctorate in 1979. Prior to retiring in 1996, he also was known widely as a speaker and appeared frequently on television in Northern California. Since 2000, Robinson has lived in Rossmoor, an active retirement community of nearly ten thousand residents, in Walnut Creek, California. Barbara, his wife of fifty-four years died in October of 2008. He tells her story in the first personal postscript of this book. In the second PPS, he recounts what he went through in the summer of 2009, when a vicious staph infection forced him to face his own possible dying. He has a new love in his life and enjoys four children and nine grandchildren.
 
Published July 1, 1997 by Grand Central Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As pastor of Montclair Presbyterian Church of Oakland, Calif., Robinson has counseled many people facing problems created directly by their efforts to be nice.

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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson *** 1/2 29.

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