July 19, 2007 08:30 ET

"Follow the Yellow Brick Road" is Powerful Metaphor for Personal Growth

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - July 19, 2007) - In his new book, Dr. Sam Alibrando uses the iconic imagery of "The Wizard of Oz" as a model for understanding personality and relationships. Dr. Alibrando's psychological shorthand is at once charming and revelatory.

"Follow the Yellow Brick Road: How to Change for the Better When Life Gives You Its Worst" presents a clear way to think about complex issues. Dr. Alibrando began using images from both the beloved Frank L. Baum story as well as the classic film during the workshops he facilitates as a clinical psychologist. "I realized that this was something people could truly understand and relate to," he explains. "I believe that Dorothy represents both you and me. She is Every Man. Like every 'hero' she is an ordinary person who takes an extraordinary journey."

Dr. Alibrando is able to capitalize on the indisputable fact that Dorothy and her companions have become American archetypes. When he refers to Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Witch his readers are literally on the same page. The life-changing twister that transports Dorothy can easily be understood as a personal crisis or significant change. Early in the book, Dr. Alibrando reveals one the most valuable lessons that he has learned as a psychologist, "The best way to arrive at true 'knowing' starts with being able to withstand a period of 'not knowing.'" Dorothy's journey and self-discovery provide ample metaphors for change and growth.

Dan Maltby, Ph.D., Director of Organizational Leadership Program at Biola University, calls "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" "a wonderful metaphor for understanding our lives and our relationships." He adds, "I would recommend it to anyone as a tool for personal or corporate growth."

Sam Alibrando, Ph.D. is president of APC, Inc. his own consulting firm that works with organizations and senior executives coping with critical business and change management challenges, interpersonal challenges and transitions. Dr. Alibrando facilitates targeted workshops on leadership development and enhancing people-processes within organizations and teams, including "How to Succeed with Difficult People." While his corporate work and speaking engagements take him all over the country, Dr. Alibrando also maintains his private clinical practice in Pasadena, California.

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