1st Edition

The Five Emotions That Stop Success in Coaches, Clients, and Creatives Overcoming Personal Obstacles of the Mind

By Rahti Gorfien Copyright 2024
    178 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book uniquely identifies the five key emotions that prevent clients from reaching their full creative potential and provides coaches tools to help them overcome them, boosting their productivity as well as their ability to complete and promote their work and personal development.

    Accessible and personable, Rahti Gorfien interweaves stories from her personal life and private practice to alleviate the burden of blockages creatives generated by their own divergent thinking, unconscious conditioning, and memory. She takes each mindset in turn, shame, grandiosity, envy, boredom, and fear, and explores each emotion and how coaches can practically help clients overcome them to achieve creative freedom and success personally and professionally. Filled with practical exercises and coaching theory throughout, this book will equip coaches with tools to inspire confidence in their clients to share their work with the world, silencing negative inner voices and fulfilling their professional creative goals.

    This book is invaluable reading for coaches as well as artists, entrepreneurs, therapists, career advisors, social workers and those interested in finding methods of overcoming personal obstacles to making meaningful and authentic contributions through the freedom of their singular and passionate pursuits.

    Foreword by Eric Maisel  Preface  Acknowledgements  Why This Book Exists  Introduction: From Theater Artist to Coach  How This Book is Structured  Part One: Cracking the Code of Resistance  1. What Stops Us?  2. The Five Emotions We Need To Tame?  Part Two: Deep Dive into the Big Five  3. Shame  4. Grandiosity  5. Envy  6. Boredom  7. Fear  8. Mask Emotions  Part Three: What's Possible From Here On  9. The Five Emotions Cheat Sheet  10. Additional Tools to Disrupt Problem Thinking  Conclusion


    Rahti Gorfien, PCC, ACCG, is a certified life, ADHD, and creativity coach. She is in private practice in New York City and is the founder of Creative Calling Coaching, LLC.

     "I’ve had the pleasure to witness Rahti explore ‘meaning’ in her life both professionally and personally. This book will share her experiences and inspire other ‘creatives’ to discover how to avoid their own emotional roadblocks and free themselves towards creative growth and success."

    JoAnna Beckson, acting/director/coach and former adjunct professor at NYU Tisch Graduate Film School

    "With wisdom, verve, and humor, Rahti shows us how we get stuck -- and how we can use this knowledge to free ourselves. Filled with relatable case studies and a wide range of references -- from experts in the field to Brene Brown, Jung, Pema Chodron, and Oscar Wilde, to name just a few -- the book is as fascinating as it is helpful. Gorfien knows what she's talking about, and with a firm and loving grip she leads us out of overwhelm and into more productive lives."

    Sharon Guskin, author of The Forgetting Time

    "In The Five Emotions that Stop Success in Coaches, Clients, and Creatives, Rahti Gorfien offers sage guidance in overcoming five emotional obstacles that can impede our creative efforts. She expertly applies psychodynamic theories to coaching practices for clients and coaches alike to find new ways to move forward when the going gets tough. She also offers strategic advice on how to become a ‘creative activist’ to overcome the social and cultural forces that can keep us down. This book is a must read for anyone wanting to find or strengthen their productive creativity."

    Arthur Pomponio, psychoanalyst

    "What a refreshing book - insightful, illuminating and fun to read. The five emotions allowed me to see where I was blocked and move forward so much faster. This is mandatory reading."

    Monica Shah, founder and president of Revenue Breakthrough