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Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Outby Phillip C. McGraw
Synopses & Reviews
Your life has a root core that, once understood, unlocks a powerful force to create your life the way it was meant to be, the way you want and need it to be. Key questions and an amazingly clear "map" are now at your fingertips to begin your journey to "Live by Design." These are questions that, with the help of this book, you can answer and bring into action-oriented focus:
Identifying and working with these key elements are at the heart of Dr. Phillip C. McGraw's latest work, Self Matters, and soon they will be at the heart of your own new work: you.
Through his books, McGraw has changed the lives of millions. In introducing the world to his matter-of-fact, tell-it-like-it-is philosophy of life, Dr. Phil, as he is known to his legions of fans, has put an end to the "everyone's a victim" attitude that had taken hold of our culture. Published in over twenty-five countries, and with millions of books sold, his two number one bestsellers, Life Strategies and Relationship Rescue, forced readers to take a serious look at the excuses they had so long been clinging to as to why they were not happy, not successful, and not enjoying their one chance at living.
Now, Dr. Phil takes those lessons a great leap further and explores one of the most challenging questions facing us all: When you look in the mirror, who is truly hiding beneath that face? Instead of taking a surface look at the way we live our lives, Dr. Phil demystifies how your self-concept came to be and gives a nuts-and-bolts approach to creating a new plan for living and, in turn, for discovering the real you.
In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Phil challenges you to find your "authentic self" — that person you once were before life took its toll. It is you at your greatest, most fulfilled, most real moment. It is the person you have always wanted to be, but were too distracted, busy, or scared to become. Instead, you have created a "fictional self" — taking on the identity of who you believe you are supposed be, the person people tell you you are. The incongruence between these two selves is what leads you to feel that your life is incomplete, unbalanced, and altogether more difficult than it really should be.
The good news is it no longer needs to be that way. By using the plan set forth in Self Matters, Dr. Phil helps you to demystify your self-concept and learn how to reclaim your authentic self. In evaluating your life by only the facts, you can learn to think beyond the excuses and fears that have masked the person you have always wanted to be.
Self Matters is one of the most forward-thinking works on self-concept and self-esteem ever published. For the first time, an author tells it how it is and, in the process, teaches us all how to live the lives we have always wanted but prevented ourselves from living. We get only one chance in this world, and now, Dr. Phil shows all how to make the most of it.
Thirty years in the works, “Fight Back Legal Abuse” is the story of one woman’s fight against a corrupt legal system. Following her own dealings with three negligent attorneys, as well as years of case studies from the abused, author Rose Colombo fights back as an advocate for victims of legal abuse. With her “Ph.D. in judicial corruption,” Colombo uses more than two decades of true short stories related to injustices, first-hand experiences; documentation, interviews, and proposals of new laws, to make a case for the reformation of the judicial system.
Rose Colombo hit the news when she asked the question, "How much justice can you afford?" Written in a language understood by all, void of the legal jargon used by lawyers to overwhelm and confuse their clients, Colombo fights back and refuses to go down to the level of corrupt lawyers. Instead, she forces them to come up to hers.
About the Author
Author Rose Colombo is a long time advocate for victims of legal injustice. She created, produced and hosted cable television and radio shows, "Women Fight Back" and "Issues of the Day," as well as the “One Woman’s Opinion” newspaper column. In 1989, Rose founded the first charitable self-help group in the nation, “Women Fight Back for Legal Justice,” helping victims of legal abuse become survivors of legal abuse. As an advocate, she has spoken before such groups as the Granada Forum, L.A. Status on Women, the California Senate, Department of Criminal Justice, and received a standing ovation as a guest speaker for the L.A. Press Club Speakers Bureau and can be seen in Marquis “Who\'s Who in the World.”
Table of Contents
1. What If...?
2. Defining the Authentic Self
3. Your Self-Concept
Introduction to External Factors
4. Your Ten Defining Moments
5. Your Seven Critical Choices
6. Your Five Pivotal People
Introduction to Internal Factors
7. Locus of Control
8. Internal Dialogue
10. Life Scripts
Introduction to the Five-Step Action Plan
11. Putting the Plan to Work
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