I Never Knew I Had A Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth, 8th Edition / Edition 8

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Thousands of readers have used this honest and inspiring book to focus on their personal growth and effect personal change. Through their warm—yet thoroughly research-based—discussion of significant dimensions of life, the Coreys help students expand their awareness of the choices available to them. As students work through the text's self-inventories, exercises, and activities and read the first-person accounts of the choices real people have made in response to challenging life events, they will gain insight into their lives, beliefs, and attitudes in a personally empowering way.

Describes reviewing your childhood, adulthood, work & leisure, love, loneliness, death & loss, meaning & values.

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Filled with self-inventories, exercises, and activities, this interactive motivational book encourages the reader to explore and confirm her beliefs, attitudes, and direction in life. It discusses issues like stress management, spirituality, holistic health, sexuality, and time and money management. Personal stories are included, offering first-person accounts of how readers have dealt with life's problems. Gerald Corey teaches counseling psychology at California State University, Fullerton. Marianne Schneider Corey is a consultant in private practice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534607869
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: With InfoTrac
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Corey is a Professor Emeritus of Human Services at California State University at Fullerton. He received his doctorate in counseling from the University of Southern California. He is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology; a licensed psychologist; a National Certified Counselor; a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Counseling Psychology); a Fellow of the American Counseling Association; and a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work; and (with Marianne Schneider Corey) received the Association for Specialists in Group Work's Eminent Career Award in 2001. Jerry also received the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award from California State University at Fullerton in 1991. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in group counseling, as well as courses in experiential groups, the theory and practice of counseling, and ethics in counseling. He is the author or co-author of 15 textbooks in counseling currently in print, along with numerous journal articles. THEORY AND PRACTICE OF COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY has been translated into Arabic, Indonesian, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and Turkish. Along with his wife, Marianne Schneider Corey, Jerry has conducted group counseling training workshops for mental health professionals at many universities in the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, England, and Ireland.

Marianne Schneider Corey is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and is a National Certified Counselor and a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Marianne has been actively involved in providingtraining and supervision workshops in group process for human-services students and professionals. She facilitates self-exploration groups for graduate students and continues to conduct training workshops in group counseling with Jerry in various countries. Both Marianne and Jerry were the recipients of the Eminent Career Award (for distinguished and major contributions to the field of group work) by the Association for Specialists in Group Work (March, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Invitation to Personal Learning and Growth 3
Where Am I Now? 3
Choice and Change 4
A Model for Personal Growth 8
Are You an Active Learner? 19
Multiple Intelligences and Multiple Learning Styles 21
Getting the Most From This Book: Suggestions for Personal Learning 28
Summary 31
Where Can I Go From Here? 32
The Rogers Indicator of Multiple Intelligences 35
Resources for Future Study 40
Chapter 2 Reviewing Your Childhood and Adolescence 43
Where Am I Now? 43
Stages of Personality Development: A Preview 44
Infancy 50
Early Childhood 53
Impact of the First 6 Years of Life 57
Middle Childhood 59
Pubescence 65
Adolescence 66
Summary 69
Where Can I Go From Here? 70
Resources for Future Study 70
Chapter 3 Adulthood and Autonomy 73
Where Am I Now? 73
The Struggle Toward Autonomy and Interdependence 74
Stages of Adulthood 90
Early Adulthood 91
Middle Adulthood 97
Late Middle Age 102
Late Adulthood 104
Summary 111
Where Can I Go From Here? 112
Resources for Future Study 113
Chapter 4 Your Body and Wellness 117
Where Am I Now? 117
Wellness and Life Choices 119
Maintaining Sound Health Practices 126
Your Bodily Identity 135
Summary 146
Where Can I Go From Here? 147
Resources for Future Study 147
Chapter 5 Managing Stress 151
Where Am I Now? 151
Sources of Stress 153
Effects of Stress 156
Destructive Reactions to Stress 161
Constructive Responses to Stress 164
Time Management 168
Money Management 170
Meditation 171
Mindfulness 174
Deep Relaxation 175
Yoga 177
Therapeutic Massage 178
Summary 181
Where Can I Go From Here? 181
Resources for Future Study 183
Chapter 6 Love 187
Where Am I Now? 187
Love Makes a Difference 189
Barriers to Loving and Being Loved 190
Is It Worth It to Love? 200
Learning to Love and Appreciate Ourselves 202
Inauthentic and Authentic Love 203
Summary 209
Where Can I Go From Here? 209
Resources for Future Study 210
Chapter 7 Relationships 213
Where Am I Now? 213
Types of Intimacy 214
Meaningful Relationships: A Personal View 218
Anger and Conflict in Relationships 224
Dealing With Communication Blocks 230
Gay and Lesbian Relationships 235
Separation and Divorce 241
Summary 247
Where Can I Go From Here? 248
Resources for Future Study 250
Chapter 8 Becoming the Woman or Man You Want to be 253
Where Am I Now? 253
Male Roles 254
Female Roles 264
Alternatives to Rigid Gender-Role Expectations 275
Summary 278
Where Can I Go From Here? 279
Resources for Future Study 280
Chapter 9 Sexuality 283
Where Am I Now? 283
Misconceptions About Sexuality 284
Developing Your Own Sexual Values 285
Learning to Talk Openly About Sexual Issues 288
Sex and Guilt 290
Learning to Enjoy Sensuality and Sexuality 293
Sex and Intimacy 296
AIDS: A Contemporary Crisis 299
Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases 307
Sexual Abuse and Harassment 309
Summary 317
Where Can I Go From Here? 319
Resources for Future Study 319
Chapter 10 Work and Recreation 323
Where Am I Now? 323
Your College Education as Your Work 325
Choosing an Occupation or Career 328
The Process of Deciding on a Career 338
Choices at Work 342
Changing Careers in Midlife 346
Retirement 347
The Place of Work and Recreation in Your Life 350
Summary 355
Where Can I Go From Here? 356
Resources for Future Study 359
Chapter 11 Loneliness and Solitude 363
Where Am I Now? 363
The Value of Loneliness and Solitude 364
Learning to Confront the Fear of Loneliness 366
Creating Our Own Loneliness Through Shyness 369
Loneliness and Our Life Stages 373
Summary 384
Where Can I Go From Here? 385
Resources for Future Study 386
Chapter 12 Death and Loss 389
Where Am I Now? 389
Our Fears of Death 391
Death and the Meaning of Life 393
Suicide: Ultimate Choice or Ultimate Cop-Out? 397
Freedom in Dying 400
The Stages of Death and Loss 403
Grieving Over Death, Separation, and Other Losses 409
Being "Dead" Psychologically and Socially 413
How Well Are You Living Life? 418
Summary 418
Where Can I Go From Here? 419
Resources for Future Study 420
Chapter 13 Meaning and Values 423
Where Am I Now? 423
Our Quest for Identity 424
Our Search for Meaning and Purpose 427
The Foundations of Meaning 429
Our Values in Action 435
Embracing Diversity 438
The Quick Discrimination Index 442
Summary 445
Where Can I Go From Here? 445
Resources for Future Study 448
Chapter 14 Pathways to Personal Growth 451
Where Am I Now? 451
Pathways for Continued Self-Exploration 452
Counseling as a Path to Self-Understanding 454
Dreams as a Path to Self-Understanding 456
Concluding Comments 460
Where Can I Go From Here? 461
Resources for Future Study 462
References and Suggested Readings 464
Index 471
Photo Credits 476
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