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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
What makes Mind Files by Penny Hodgson such a unique and vital contribution to the immensely relevant and timely subject matter of individual psychological health is Ms. Hodgson’s manner of applying the deepest of psychological understandings from practitioners as astute as Carl Jung to a largely novice (professionally speaking) popular audience. In other words, this is a book for easy public consumption, but it is also one based upon and including psychological principles and foundations of the highest order. What may appear somewhat simplistic on the surface becomes deeply complex and effective with the clarity of understanding and profoundly effective metaphor provided by Ms. Hodgson.
Mind Files by Penny Hodgson is based upon the familiar concept of how our individual filters color our perceptions and thus literally create our personal psychological reality. Ms. Hodgson expands this notion by relating it to a personal filing system for organizing and retrieving the lessons of our uniquely individual experiences in life. Although her comparisons are completely compatible with advances made in neurological brain studies, she makes her metaphor perfectly accessible to any inquiring mind. She then enhances such easy understanding with a process for accessing the contents of these “mind files” in order to successfully transform our more common delusions (negatively affecting our behavior) into positive mental habits for improving our life situations. Ms. Hodgson does not underestimate the effort involved in such a transformation, but she does give one confidence that such a transformation is possible. Specifically based upon higher spiritual guidance, Mind Files does not rely on specific religious doctrines to make its points, only to reinforce its positive message and improvement techniques.