Finding Your Voice: A Woman's Guide to Using Self-Talk for Fulfilling Relationships, Work and Life

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"This unique and powerful book is a must-read for any woman on a path of self-discovery and personal empowerment. Authored by seven leading female psychologists, Finding Your Voice is full of inspiring wisdom and practical tools and will give the reader thousands of dollars worth of therapy for the price of one book!"
-Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D.
author of Are You the One for Me?

Recognize and realize your true desires

Is your life what you want ...

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Overview

"This unique and powerful book is a must-read for any woman on a path of self-discovery and personal empowerment. Authored by seven leading female psychologists, Finding Your Voice is full of inspiring wisdom and practical tools and will give the reader thousands of dollars worth of therapy for the price of one book!"
-Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D.
author of Are You the One for Me?

Recognize and realize your true desires

Is your life what you want it to be? For most women, the answer is not really. Too often, we listen to everyone but ourselves when it comes to determining how our lives should be proceeding-and this prevents us from living the lives we really desire.

In this remarkable new book, a team of highly credentialed psychologists shows you how to overcome unproductive, blameful thoughts and unrealistic expectations-the things you tell yourself about how marriages, friendships, children, and careers should be. Each chapter lays out widely promoted images of a modern woman-the mother raising a perfect child and loving every minute of it, the top-of-her-game career woman, the woman who loves her body just as it is-then reveals how women more often beat themselves up with these ideals than achieve them. Finding Your Voice shows you how to use self-talk to sort through expectations, isolate your own voice, and take the necessary steps to meet your unique needs. You'll be happier and more confident, and you will live a more fulfilled life-the one you're entitled to.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471430759
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

DOROTHY CANTOR, Psy.D., a past president of the American Psychological Association, is the coauthor of What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up? and was interviewed on the Today show.
CAROL GOODHEART, Ed.D., SANDRA HABER, Ph.D., and KAREN ZAGER, Ph.D., are past presidents of Psychologists in Independent Practice.
ELLEN McGRATH, Ph.D., and ALICE RUBENSTEIN, Ed.D., are past presidents of the American Psychological Association Division of Psychotherapy.
LENORE WALKER, Ed.D., executive director of the Domestic Violence Institute, is a past president of the American Psychological Association Division of Media Psychology and the author of Terrifying Love. ANDREA THOMPSON is a former McCall's articles editor and a professional writer.

As a group, these seven psychologists, all of whom are in private practice, have formed the Women to Women Psychology Group, W2W. Each has served as president of a national psychological organization with a total of ten presidencies among them. Together they have received fifty-eight awards and honors, have authored twenty-eight books and more than eighty-five articles and book chapters, and have been quoted in many national magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, Ladies Home Journal, Working Woman, Family Circle, Parenting, Woman's Day, Psychology Today, YM, and Working Mother. They have counseled more than 50,000 clients. Visit their Web site at www.finding-your-voice.com.

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Table of Contents

1 Introducing self-talk 1
2 The friendship expectation : "I've always got my girlfriends" 15
3 The dating expectation : "I can find the perfect partner (but if I don't, I'll be just fine without one)" 37
4 The sex expectation : "I'm healthily, happily, wildly sexual" 61
5 The marriage expectation : "I can achieve the marriage I want (but if I don't, I'll just end the marriage)" 79
6 The child-rearing expectation : "I'm raising a perfect child, and loving every minute of it" 101
7 The work expectation : "I'm happy with my career (or happy without one)" 125
8 The money expectation : "I have my financial life well in hand" 147
9 The balancing act expectation : "I'm running my life, it's not running me" 167
10 The appearance expectation : "I love my body just as it is" 187
11 The self-esteem expectation : "I believe in myself" 203
12 Self-talk among friends : beginning the conversation 223
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