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Happiness Is A Choice -
No Matter What:
Workshops to Guide You There
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In this video, Barry Neil Kaufman's teaching is complimented by individuals and couples sharing their stories of transformation.

Would you like to be happier?
...More comfortable inside yourself?
...More passionate and empowered?
...More energetic and enthusiastic about life, your future?

By attending personal growth workshops at The Option Institute and using the tools of The Option Process®, individuals have made profound and permanent changes in their lives. Some have overcome lifelong challenges in the scope of a one week program at The Option Institute.

Inner Strength: Why Criticism Hurts View Video

Raun K. Kaufman, the Director of Global Education and a senior teacher at The Option Institute, explains the fundamental concepts behind why you feel hurt when someone criticizes or judges you and the way to use it as tracking system to learn more about yourself and your own personal self-judgments.

Love Is A Choice View Video

Barry Neil Kaufman introduces the concept of choosing to love as a way to increase your own happiness and generate more love and happiness in the world.

Imagine learning to invoke love in an instant, with anyone...before you say anything or take any action so that you are grounded in the priority to love. This is truly a position of peaceful strength and gentle power.

Overcome Depression
Without Medication
At The Option Institute
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Barry Neil Kaufman (Bears) explains the mechanics of depression and an approach to overcoming depression without medication that is simple, concrete, respectful, and successful. Bears invites you to arrange for a FREE PRIVATE 25-minute CALL with a Program Advisor at The Option Institute.

At The Option Institute we help you get to the bottom of your depression and motivate you to radically and sustainably change your life for the better – without medication! Our self-improvement and personal growth workshops may be just what you need to quickly overcome depression and get your life… and happiness… and sense of purpose… all back!

Emotional Freedom: Victim No More -- Option Institute View Video

Raun K. Kaufman, an international speaker, writer and teacher for The Option Institute and The Son-Rise Program® at the Autism Treatment Center of America™, offers an empowering perspective.

Many of us feel like a victim of people and events around us. Happiness seems random, evasive, fleeting -- dependent on circumstances outside of our control. This need not be the case. By taking ownership of our own thoughts and feelings, we need not ever be a victim of outside events again. Taking ownership puts us in the driver's seat of our own experience of life!

Empirical studies have shown that people who are happy perform better at work, have stronger relationships at home, make clearer decisions about their lives, exhibit greater self-control and coping skills, have stronger immune systems, live longer... the list goes on and on. Yet, for many, happiness seems random, evasive, fleeting...

Self Help and Being Your Own Best Expert View Video

In the first of this series, Barry Neil Kaufman offers the idea that you can know and understand yourself deeply. In fact, he believes that you are your own best expert and if you want to, you can access everything you want to know about yourself.

We live in a society that worships the opinions of others. We look for our answers from experts, institutions, the media, and the people around us, everyone but ourselves. At The Option Institute, we believe that you possess all of your own answers to the personal issues that mark your life. We can teach you to access and rely upon your own internal insight. In this brief, clear, delightful video, Bears explains the value of bringing up your own knowing, your own wisdom and how to do it.

Happiness Is A Choice:
Keys to Happiness
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Barry Neil Kaufman introduces the powerful concept that you choose and create your own happiness.

The Inner Strength Program, exclusively available at The Option Institute, will help you become indestructible from the inside out - take charge of your own experience, put yourself in the driver's seat and learn concrete techniques for overcoming fear, building self-esteem, and choosing happiness.

Healthy Love:
A Workable Definition
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Barry Neil Kaufman shares his journey and insights on what it means to love and how to expand your personal experience of love and happiness.

The Power Dialogues Program is not only about learning a very impactful and effective Socratic dialogue process to help yourself and others (you can even become certified in this process), but fundamentally it's about establishing a relationship with another person in which your heart is open, acceptance abounds and love becomes the bond that enables you to facilitate another's process.

Secrets for a Loving & Easy Relationship Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Samahria Kaufman shares tips and secrets that help create deeper, richer relationships that are more fun.

Strength without Anger Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Raun discusses how to demonstrate strength from love, instead of from anger.

Becoming a Force of Nature Part 1 Part 2

Barry Neil Kaufman explains how you can create more love and power in your life.

Your Life's Purpose Part 1 Part 2

Barry Neil and Samahria Kaufman show us how we can create powerful and lasting purpose in our lives.

Personal Empowerment & Happiness: Be An Empowered Person View Video

Barry Neil Kaufman offers a clear and powerful look at the key attributes of an empowered person and concrete actions and perspectives you can take and hold right now as you begin to move towards greater personal empowerment and happiness.

These concepts and much more are explored and expanded in the personal development program, Empower Yourself, given only at The Option Institute. Over the course of this 5 day interactive, experiential program you will develop the confidence and skills to bring your greatest dreams to life -- dreams that you may never even have been willing to acknowledge previously.

Happiness & Personal Development: It's All About Beliefs View Video

In this video Bears (Barry Neil Kaufman) explores the idea that our personal beliefs are powerful in supporting or limiting our happiness and personal development. Whether dealing with life challenges such as the diagnosis of a child with autism, or cancer, or simply wanting to be happier and more confident, the beliefs we hold create the lens through which we perceive the world. Change your beliefs - change the world! The programs at The Option Institute and The Option Process® Dialogue will help you do just that.

Imagine being able to maintain an inner quiet and strength in the face of challenging and seemingly incomprehensible events. Not by hiding from them or ignoring them, but by facing them unflinchingly and with ease. In the Calm Amid Chaos Program you will develop a foundational system of interlocking beliefs that enable you to stand easy in the face of whatever the world throws at you.

Happy Negotiations for Couples, Parents for Any Relationships View Video

Barry Neil Kaufman provides the principles for happy negotiations for couples, or parents, or any relationship.

Does your relationship seem like a lot of hard work? Or, are you and your partner completely on autopilot? Perhaps you have a great relationship that others envy, but still want more.

The course is built on a simple yet profound concept: your partner doesn't make you happy or unhappy. You have the power to decide how you feel, regardless of what your partner does! Imagine a relationship liberated from the blame game. No more "You don't care", "You hurt me", "You don't appreciate me". When partners take ownership of their own feelings and experiences, the door swings open for limitless expressions of love and affection -- without conditions, without blame and without manipulation.

Parenting: Is Your Child Running Your Life View Video

Samahria Lyte Kaufman suggests that we may actually be teaching our children to use whining, tantrums, begging, persistent pushing and other unhappy/uncomfortable behaviors to get what they want...

She further explains that it's OK to feel comfortable when our children are displaying unhappy/uncomfortable behaviors and it's OK to feel good about sticking to our choices without judging ourselves as parents.

Releasing Fear & Anxiety: The Anatomy of Fear - Option Institute View Video

Barry Neil Kaufman clearly explains why and how we use fear to take care of ourselves, even though this often creates limiting beliefs and anxiety.

Fear can be an ever present, incapacitating emotion that prevents you from completing the simplest tasks. Or it can be a rare occurrence out of nowhere catching you at just the wrong time. Or it can be a background anxiety just below the surface that you can't put your finger on. Big or small, fear can impact every facet of your life from your career, to your health, to your relationship.

How To Show More Love for Others - The Option Institute View Video

Raun K. Kaufman is an international speaker, writer and teacher for The Option Institute and The Son-Rise Program® at the Autism Treatment Center of America™ In this short video, Raun exposes the truth about feeling bad for others.

Although we think it is a sign of caring, feeling bad for others is actually a highly self-involved experience and not helpful when others are having a challenging time. Being loving, caring, and the calm in the storm is actually the most helpful thing you can do when someone you care about is having a hard time. Tuning in to our inner voice and inner wisdom is one way to be clear and comfortable in the face of others' stresses and challenges.

Overcoming Addictions: You're in Charge! -- Option Institute View Video

In this video, Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman, suggests that the fundamental difference between discipline and addiction is a judgment.

If you habitually work out, you're disciplined. If you habitually smoke cigarettes, you're addicted. You look at both activities through a filter based on your own personal beliefs, therefore putting your stamp of approval on one activity and not the other. Bears further explains how each moment offers you the opportunity to choose and how easily you can make profound changes in your habits by simply identifying the beliefs that fuel your so-called "habitual" behaviors.

Love: Myths and Misconceptions - The Option Institute View Video

Raun debunks the myths, such 'love is risky', 'love makes you weak', 'love means sacrificing who you are'...

Strategies for
Breaking Your Patterns
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Raun K. Kaufman explains how to break patterns of behavior, even those that have persisted for years.

Stop Dating Impostors -
Stop Being One
Part 1 Part 2

Raun K. Kaufman shares the benefits of complete authenticity in relationships.

Personal Empowerment: No More Apologizing for What You Want View Video

Raun K. Kaufman lays out clear and compelling reasons to stop apologizing for what we want. Apologizing actually disempowers us and holds us back from going for and getting what we want. When we STOP apologizing, we empower ourselves to live a much more fulfilling life.

How many times have you set your sites on something huge, something amazing, knowing that this is it, that you're really going for it . . . only to find yourself back in the same situation? Perhaps it's the job that you didn't apply for because you "knew" you wouldn't get it, or the date that surely would have turned you down or the lifelong dream to be a musician, a writer or an entrepreneur but you never got around to it.

In the personal development program, Empower Yourself, given only at The Option Institute. you will develop the confidence and skills to bring your greatest dreams to life -- dreams that you may never even have been willing to acknowledge previously.

Managing Change: Calm Amid Chaos - The Option Institute View Video

Barry Neil Kaufman focuses on the construct that Change Is Continuous, one of the cornerstones to managing and dealing with change in our lives.

In dealing with unexpected and often unwanted change such as illness, the diagnosis of a child with autism, or the loss of a job, imagine being able to maintain an inner quiet and strength in the face of challenging and seemingly incomprehensible events - not by hiding from them or ignoring them, but by facing them unflinchingly and with ease. In the Calm Amid Chaos Program you will develop a foundational system of interlocking beliefs that enable you to stand easy in the face of whatever the world throws at you.

Interview with Oprah 1981 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

View this wonderful "blast from the past" from 1981. Barry Neil Kaufman is interviewed on the television show People are Talking by none other than Oprah Winfrey.

Autism & Failure to Thrive! 1984 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

In this interview from the show "People Are Talking" (1984), a mother of a child with Autism and Failure To Thrive (referred to in the show, as Anorexia) explains how the Son-Rise Program helped her child learn to eat and ultimately thrive...

Autism: Full Recovery 1976 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

During an interview with Pat Collins in 1976, Barry Neil (Bears) and Samahria Lyte Kaufman (Suzi) discuss the breakthrough strategy they used to help their child recover fully from Autism.