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Highly Sensitive Person - Going Deeper into Who You Are

Excerpted from The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook By Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. How the Two Parts of the Psyche Communicate with Each Other The unconscious part of the psyche includes automatic knowledge and skills that we are lucky we don't have to think about, like how to stand up and walk across a room. It also includes deeper matters-feelings and memories we have repressed, parts of ourselves that have been banished as too "unimportant" to de

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Dysfunctional Families

Excerpted from It Ends With You; Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction By Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. What does it mean to grow up in a dysfunctional family? If you've followed pop psychology, been in a twelve step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Adult Children of Alcoholics, watched Oprah, or read books and magazines, you've probably seen or heard the term dysfunctional many times, and may even have an idea that it means a messed-up family with problems. Perhaps the word h

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Uncovering the Books That Will Change Your Life

Excerpted from The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life By Steve Leveen Choosing books to read can seem an overwhelming task. Each week thousands of additional titles are added to the imponderable number already weighing down libraries and cramming bookstores. Feeling oppressed by the number of books is nothing new. In the 1700s, Voltaire worried that "the multitude of books is making us ignorant." John Ruskin, the eminent English essayist and c

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Decide to Make the Most of Who You Are

Excerpted from The 10 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make Before 40 By Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. You are already a marvelous package of talents, skills, experience and personality traits. The problem is that many women are far too self-critical and self-deprecating, and if you treat yourself that way you'll have a difficult time evaluating yourself objectively. Learning to think positively about who you are, and thereby making the best of each of

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Getting Ready for the Unstoppable Women Challenge

Excerpted from Unstoppable Women: Achieve Any Breakthrough Goal in 30 Days By Cynthia Kersey Are you ready to join the ranks of hundreds of women who have taken the Unstoppable Women Challenge and successfully achieved a breakthrough goal in just 30 days, making their lives richer and more satisfying in the process? If so, let's get started! Like anything in life that's worthwhile, the successful completion of the Unstoppable Women Challenge req

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Women Circling the Earth

Excerpted from Women Circling the Earth: A Guide to Fostering Community, Healing and Empowerment By Beverly Engel I am not the first person to write about circles and I certainly won't be the last. Starhawk wrote about circles in 1982, and Sedonia Cahill and Joshua Halpern introduced many people to circles in their 1990 book The Ceremonial Circle. In 1994 Christina Baldwin, in her groundbreaking book, Calling the Circle: The First and Future C

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Falling from Grace

Excerpted from Blessings from the Fall: Turning a Fall from Grace into a New Beginning By Beverly Engel There are few experiences in life as demoralizing, humiliating and painful as falling from grace. For some, falling from grace is the horrible, shame-inducing experience of being publicly chastised or humiliated, having their reputation ruined, their good name irretrievably damaged and being robbed of their dignity. For others, it is falling

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Moving from Fear to Freedom

Excerpted from Transforming Anxiety, Transcending Shame By Rex Briggs, M.S.W. Carla originally came to my anxiety program for help with paralyzing panic attacks that left her feeling frustrated and inadequate, believing she could not even travel across town. She was committed to change and made rapid progress, beginning to try new things and enlarging her world. At one of our last sessions, she told the following story: I asked Carla if she

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Hiding from the Self

Excerpted from The Quiet Voice of Soul; How to Find Meaning in Ordinary Life By Tian Dayton, Ph.D. The Disowned Self When we lose contact with our inner self, we may fill that empty place by creating an idealized self, an image of the person we want the world to see when they look at us. The heavier the reliance on our idealized self, the more out of touch we become with our inner self. Rather than put energy toward actualizing the real self, th

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A Pathway to Spiritual Renewal

Excerpted from Changeweavers; A Pathway to Spiritual Renewal By Maida Berenblatt, M.S., Alena Joy Berenblatt If you Believe Who are you? Where have you been and where are you going? How much do you understand of the motivation behind the way you think, feel and behave? How are you different from the other people in your family? Do you understand the importance of this difference? Have you ever wondered how you came to be

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Welcoming Our Children to a New Millennium

Excerpted from Welcoming Our Children to a New Millennium: A Daybook of Hopes and Wishes for the Future By Jane Middelton-Moz, Ph.D. Families are gathered in the community center of a small town for a potluck dinner. Everyone is eating and chatting energetically when a man and woman walk in, the man tenderly carrying a tiny baby in his arms. They walk to the center of the room; then the man quiets the crowd, letting them know he has something important to say. Although

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What Is Anger?

Excerpted from Boiling Point the Workbook: Dealing With the Anger in Our Lives By Jane Middelton-Moz, Ph.D. Anger is a word that is commonly used to describe a wide range of emotions. I asked a number of people how they would define anger. Below are two examples of the descriptions given: A woman, age thirty-two, a housekeeper: "Anger is rage inside you that you can't cope with or deal with." A man, age twenty-seven, a r

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The Tao of the Ride; Motorcycles and the Mechanics of the Soul

Excerpted from The Tao of the Ride; Motorcycles and the Mechanics of the Soul By Garri Garripoli Every time I sit on my bike and I'm ready to turn the key, I think how wild it is that I'm going for a ride on a vehicle with only two wheels. Sure I understand the physics (as much as our human minds are capable of doing so) of the gyroscopic effect of a fast spinning wheel and the power of centrifugal force. But I still don't take it for granted for some reason; it's too b

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Compulsive Families

Excerpted from Bradshaw On The Family By John Bradshaw Checklist for How Your Self-Esteem Was Damaged in an Addicted Family After 17 bitter years of painful alcoholism, I put the cork in the bottle 30 years ago. In many ways the last thing I would have believed as a child was that I would become an alcoholic. I cried myself to sleep many a night because of my father's drinking and his abandonment. Frozen with fear in my bed at night, I waited f

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Victimhood

Excerpted from Soul of Adulthood: Opening the Doors... By John Friel, Ph.D., Linda Friel While each of us grapples with layers of meaning inside of us, there are also parallel struggles going on in the broader world outside. The two are obviously related because our political and historical dramas are reflections of the myriad layers of our individual longings as they emerge, express themselves and collide with one another. Whatever is in our hearts gets projected out o

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Face: A Tour of Unknown Parts

Excerpted from The Face: A Natural History By Daniel McNeill In his Travels (1356), Sir John Mandeville found the Andaman Islands rife with sensational beings. Headless humans strolled about with eyes and mouths on their chests. He saw noseless, sheet-faced citizens with punchhole eyes and lipless mouths. On one island, residents had a huge upper lip that shaded their faces as they drowsed in the hot afternoon. Elsewhere, tongueless dwarves with hard, grommet mouths suc

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Charisma: What Is It? What Will It Do for You?

Excerpted from Charisma: Seven Keys to Developing the Magnetism that Leads to Success By Tony Alessandra, Ph.D. You're sweating it out in a corporate conference room, awaiting your turn to speak. And, of course, you're trying to subtly size up your competition for this big consulting job. Then this one guy gets up to make his presentation-and, arrghbb! It's a Maalox moment. He moves with such grace and confidence that the room falls silent and a

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The Creators of the Best Year Yet

Excerpted from Your Best Year Yet! : Ten Questions for Making the Next Twelve Months Your Most Successful Ever By Jinny S. Ditzler The Best Year Yet workshop would have been a one-off wonder were it not for the thousands of people who have participated in the process over the years and shared their thoughts, ideas, and experiences. They are the source of this book and the wealth now available. Here are a few of their stories. I've given them new names to protect their p

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Making Changes That Stick

By Theun Mares Anne has a weight problem. She has tried many different diets, but they just don't seem to work. Although she sticks with them, and sometimes loses weight, the effects never last for long. In the end, she gives up, feeling disheartened and that she really can't change her situation. Anne is typical of many who want to alter their lives in profound ways, but find that they are unable to make these changes last. Is there a remedy? Yes. The secret to long-lasting personal c

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