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People may tell you
Getting unSTUCK is unimaginable.

But with The S.T.U.C.K. Method,

People all around you seem to be in control and walking around with a sense of happiness, calm, and well-being. You want that, too, in your life. Now, it’s your turn. If you are ready to stop being an observer, and start doing the work to make that happen, come work with me.


All psychological and spiritual growth involves not just freedom for our self, but freedom from our self — freedom from the automatic thoughts and behaviors toward which we’ve become largely unconscious, and which limit our joy and fulfillment in life.  Shira Taylor Gura’s methods are wise, gentle reminders on how to become more conscious, sane, and loving in an increasingly demanding world.”  Larry Dossey, MD, Author:  ONE MIND:  How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters.

Shira Taylor Gura knows how to get unstuck. Through dozens of everyday examples—from domestic irritations to the fear of political violence—she describes, step by step, how to free ourselves from reactivity and the limits of false beliefs. Her self-deprecating humor is winning; her practical clarity is incisive; her core of compassion is inspiring. As Gura both demonstrates and embodies, getting unstuck not only restores us to our truest selves, it opens the door to peace in ourselves and in our communities.”
Frank Rogers, Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy & Co-Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology; Author of Practicing Compassion.

“With down-to-earth examples from her own life, Shira Taylor Gura presents a very practical tool to release us from the reflex-reactions we often regret.”
David Richo, You Are Not What You Think, 2015 

We can all recognize ourselves in the revealing stories Shira Taylor Gura tells about getting stuck in the everyday events of life. This intimate sharing inspires the reader to try out The S.T.U.C.K. Method for their own liberation.”
–Rabbi Jeff Roth, Director of The Awakened Heart Project  
“Shira Taylor Gura presents a simple, step-by-step, and easy-to-remember process through which we may notice and gain control of our emotions, thereby enhancing our well-being. Several other do-it-yourself cognitive therapy systems exist, but Shira Taylor Gura’s is particularly simple to implement and memorable. Try her approach once and I think you will be S.T.U.C.K. on it.”
Gretchen M. Reevy, PhD, editor of The Praeger Handbook on Stress and Coping and author of Encyclopedia of Emotion.  
“The S.T.U.C.K. Method is wise, skillful, and practical. Most importantly, though, it offers the possibility of real change.” Carla Naumburg, PhD, author of Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family
“The S.T.U.C.K. Method is a wonderful, practical guide to utilizing mindfulness and emotional awareness to unstick yourself from destructive emotional patterns and live from a place of greater freedom and openness.” Dr. Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, founder of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation
“This practical, easy-to-use guide will help you understand the feelings and beliefs underlying your stuck emotional reactions, while offering mindfulness tools to enable more effective communication.” – Israela Meyerstein, LCSW-C, LCMFT, Author, Bridge to Healing; Finding Strength to Cope with Illness
“In Getting unStuck: Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being, Shira Taylor Gura shares her process of achieving inner peace with one’s emotions. Gura calls it the S.T.U.C.K. Method, and uses it to identify negative feelings and their often unreasonable sources. From there, she encourages honest introspection and acknowledgement of other points of view, in order to effectively solve emotional turmoil. Paired with her own personal stories and examples, clear infographics, and helpful worksheets, Gura’s Getting unStuck is an enlightening read. The S.T.U.C.K. Method lays a definite path to an emotional awakening that should solve any feeling-based problem.

Shira Taylor Gura has a bare, honest style of writing that not only draws readers in, but allows them to relate in some way to each of her stories. Despite being a self-help book, it does not always read like one; rather, it is more like a friend giving advice than a self-titled expert lecturing the reader into submission. This friendly tone makes Getting unStuck so much more effective. In her author’s bio, Gura attributes her inspiration for the S.T.U.C.K. Method to her experiences as an occupational therapist and yoga instructor; it is this calm wisdom that is evident on every page of her book.

The S.T.U.C.K. Method is simple and straightforward, but has a lot of promise. It demands honesty with oneself, which may be difficult for some, but would surely be worthwhile in the long run. As far as self-help books go, it’s definitely a great one. There are no false promises or tedious tasks, only honesty and reflection. This alone makes Getting unStuck a truly introspective, inspirational piece of literature.”

Originally reviewed by the staff of