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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WHAT DO THEY CALL YOU? | blog

WHAT DO THEY CALL YOU?

Bears, Samahria, Mopi, Popi, Bopis, Samsara, Little Barry Neil…

Whoever you are and whatever words or names you and others use to refer to you, know that you are an original, a one-of-a-kind!

Wasn't it only yesterday that we were the kids, the rebels, the ones who said yes to our dreams and bye-bye to the naysayers? Then the kids (wasn't that us?) ha...

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Inner Strength Boot Camp, Ultimate Training for Unshakable Happiness | Option Institute

WHAT ARE YOUR PRINCIPLES?

Someone once criticized me for having principles, thinking principles were the same as moral imperatives. For me, principles are just a fundamental set of beliefs that I regard more highly than others and use to guide myself in the ways I behave and show up in the world. ... See more

Welcome to the fitness program for your heart, mind, and emotional well-being. Creating a way for ourselves to think and feel so that we have an unwavering, unstoppable, indestructible sense of our own inner strength, confidence, self-acceptance, and clarity.

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“The Son-Rise Program® brought us clarity and hope. They transformed our understanding of Autism from a tragedy to a blessing!”

-Natalia Karavan, Mom, Ukraine

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Break free of old habits and limiting beliefs, and find relief from stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression!

Special pricing for single sessions and 20% discount on all packages of 4 or more sessions.

*Offer valid with select Mentors only - Ends June 30.*

To take advantage of this special ... See more

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BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS:
We tend to hold on tight to what we have, especially if we like or love what we have.

Sometimes, it means living a "white knuckle" life, trying to freeze-frame the current picture. However, life is not a frozen frame but more like a continuous video. Movement all the ... See more

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SENSORY/INFORMATION OVERLOAD?
Earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear challenges, revolutions, wars, unemployment, famine, illness - it almost seems as if everything keeps exploding exponentially. However, it's what we bring to what we see that creates overload - or, on the other hand, appreciation. Now is ... See more

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"Optimism is not about realism - it's about hope! Since our perspective is our choice, why not choose one which inspires us to move toward our dreams?"

-"Bears" Barry Neil Kaufman, Co-Creator of The Son-Rise Program®

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Welcome to the fitness program for your mind and soul!

Inner Strength Boot Camp
July 20-29, 2018
https://goo.gl/aWo4rd

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"I know things may seem hopeless, but...what was once seen as impossible improves over time, becoming possible!"

-Paula Hynes, Mom, Ireland

Discover what's possible at The Son-Rise Program® In-Person Start-Up, June 10-15, 2018! http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/contents/programs_and_services/

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