BARRY NEIL KAUFMAN

Exploring, teaching … happiness and well being
for more than 40 years…

MY FOCUS

AUTHOR

OPTION INSTITUTE

AUTISM TREATMENT CENTER OF AMERICA

Family

“Take everything you thought you knew about human behavior
… and give it one giant twist.”

TEACHER … PHILOSOPHER

Core Philosophy

We live in a ‘victim culture’. We’re taught that our environment determines who we are. I act the way I do because of my childhood, my boss, my spouse, the weather. So we try to change our environment,including the people around us. Sometimes we get downright controlling. Or we just feel like passive victims: if only this or that would happen, everything would be just fine.

It doesn’t work that way.

Why? Because the ‘if onlys’ are always beyond our reach. There’s always something else that comes down the road: the loss of a job, conflict with children, catastrophic illness, not to mention the day to day difficulties of life. Here’s the twist. The Option Institute takes the classic stimulus-response model and adds one element: beliefs. What we believe filters every stimulus we encounter. Change your beliefs.

  • Happiness Is A Choice

    Though many of us speak as if our emotions happen to us, we believe that they are responses we choose in an effort to take care of ourselves. Misery, fear, anger, distress, anxiety, and discomfort are optional, not inevitable.

  • You have your own answers

    Oftentimes, we look for our answers from experts – everyone but ourselves.

  • Changing the way you see things changes everything

    Most of us think that events in our lives are inherently good or bad, and we can only hope for more good than bad.

  • We do not teach "the truth"

    We do not teach "the truth." We do not teach "the right way to live."

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21 hours ago

Read what Author, Doctor, and well-known alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra has said about The Son-Rise Program®!

http://blog.autismtreatmentcenter.org/2018/05/read-what-doctors-are-saying-about-the-son-rise-program.html

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It has been said that we are known by whom we hang out with. Conservative folks tend to hang with conservative friends. Liberals like to break bread with liberals. Angry people often gravitate to others who share their anger. Generous folks tend to hold hands with others who want to give. This is ... See more

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Have you read “Happiness Is A Choice” yet?

Though many of us speak as if our emotions happen to us, they are actually responses to people and circumstances around us, that we choose as a way to take care of ourselves. Misery, fear, anger, distress, and discomfort are optional, not inevitable. ... See more

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IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IN ALEX’S TIME, AND THAT IS EXACTLY AS IT SHOULD BE!

"After learning of Alex's diagnosis of ASD, we immediately began 20-25 hours/week of ABA. After 3-4 months, we saw limited progress. I read Raun K. Kaufman's book, "Autism Breakthrough" and felt deeply from that point ... See more

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YEARS AGO, there was this wonderful, daring, super sharp young woman named Ellen. I used to call her “the pick-of-the-litter.” Then years later, Ellen gave birth to Emma, and a journey she had never anticipated began to redirect her life in ways sometimes difficult, sometimes unexpected, and ... See more

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“The secret to happiness lies not in events, but in our responses to them.”

–“Bears” Barry Neil Kaufman, Co-Founder of the Option Institute® and lead teacher in the Inner Strength Boot Camp Program.

Be ready for any event life throws your way!
Inner Strength Boot Camp, July 20-29, ... See more

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Ted McCarthy, Chief of Psychiatry at Mercy Hospital, describes The Son-Rise Program® as “powerful, elegant, and effective!”

Read what other doctors and professionals are saying:
http://blog.autismtreatmentcenter.org/2018/05/read-what-doctors-are-saying-about-the-son-rise-program.html

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So here I am, in this photograph, taken years ago, on the edge of Canyonlands National Park in the U.S. state of Utah, contemplating a glimpse of God. I have had such experiences throughout my life, in many majestic places on the planet. In search of God. And the questions has arisen in me: Is God ... See more

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