Finding Contentment: When Momentary Happiness Just Isn't Enough

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Want to know the real secret to life? It's enduring contentment - a deep-seated sense of peace and self-acceptance - that comes from being the person you truly are. Dr. Warren has five get-to-know-yourself-better steps designed to uncover the real you and help you find lifelong serenity. You'll learn why, from the moment you were born, you were programmed with the conflicting messages of pleasing self versus pleasing others - and you'll learn how to reconcile the two.
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Overview

Want to know the real secret to life? It's enduring contentment - a deep-seated sense of peace and self-acceptance - that comes from being the person you truly are. Dr. Warren has five get-to-know-yourself-better steps designed to uncover the real you and help you find lifelong serenity. You'll learn why, from the moment you were born, you were programmed with the conflicting messages of pleasing self versus pleasing others - and you'll learn how to reconcile the two.
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"Deep-down, soul-satisfying contentment" is only found by "living authentically," contends Warren (Finding the Love of Your Life), a clinical psychologist. He defines contentment as "knowing yourself intimately, appreciating your unique gifts and abilities, and making choices moment by moment that demonstrate honor and respect for yourself." Warren uses the metaphor of "standing in the middle of your control booth" to make decisions, rather than allowing others to make those decisions for you. Asserting that this kind of self-possession is attainable only by those who have experienced "unconditional positive regard," Warren expresses the Christian viewpoint that only strong faith in a loving God can provide such a feeling of self-worth. Most of his book is free of religious proselytizing, however, focusing instead on helping readers to claim true contentment through healthy self-determination. Warren covers the many ways (addictive "happiness highs") and reasons (laziness, or fear of being thought of as selfish or impulsive) that can keep people from taking responsibility for their own choices, and he lists the rewards reaped by, and characteristics of, those pursuing the less-traveled road of authenticity. He is refreshingly honest about the strong resistance people often encounter from others who are accustomed to controlling them, and he encourages readers to "stand firm and recapture your control booth," in order to gain "a richness and satisfaction in life that most people can only dream about." Simultaneous audio release; author tour. (Oct.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780785272342
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/27/1997
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Clark Warren is a clinical psychologist who has worked closely with individuals and couples for more than thirty years. Dr. Warren's specialty is mate selection, and he has researched and written extensively about the complex challenge of finding, attracting, and selecting the right marriage partner. His best-selling books include Finding the Love of Your Life and How to Know if Someone Is Worth Pursuing in Two Dates or Less.

Hometown: Pasadena, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2000

    An Easy to Read Psychotherapist

    Sheerly Amazing! I loved this book from start to finish. I completely agree with the philosophy of authenticity. Dr. Warren does a great job explaining all of the inns and outs of it from start to finish. His use of clinical cases and first hand experience really brought the book to life and clearly illustrated his point.

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