Most of us define ourselves by the things we own, the titles we earn, the jobs we hold. Many people view these externals as the same as their personal self-worth. Who they are = things they have or bought. This chapter sets the stage for the chapters that follow. Rather than defining ourselves from the outside, I suggest determining self-worth by living from the inside out. Identify your values and live your life by putting those values into action. If we define ourselves from the inside out, we can be stronger, more empowered, and more able to deal with whatever life throws our way.
The book is based on both empirical research and my years of first-hand experience working with individuals, couples, and groups in both my psychological and life coaching practice. It includes case studies, vignettes, and personal experiences with real people with whom the reader can identify. The book is written for people of all ages, men and women, straight or gay. There is something in it for everyone. Anyone who has experienced a personal tragedy, loss of a job, divorce; anyone seeking greater fulfillment and happiness will profit from this read.
Written in a down to earth style it will appeal to both the casual reader and the individual on a quest for self-understanding. It has something for the professional as well as layman interested in human behavior and growth.
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